American Mayors Urge Greater White House Support for GA
September 28, 2011 – More than 75 mayors of small- and medium-sized communities in 44 states have written to President Obama, opposing GA user fees in the President’s budget plan and urging him to stop mischaracterizing general aviation.
The letter, organized by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, highlighted the importance of general aviation throughout the U.S. as an economic force and as a “lifeline to our communities, providing access for business growth, law enforcement, disaster relief, medical care, and other services.”
The Alliance, which has used appearances at major events such as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh over the past two years to build its public message in support of GA, is also asking for other mayors from throughout the country to sign on to the letter.
The mayors also objected to President Obama’s repeated references to aviation as something primarily used by “corporate fat cats,” stating, “the vast majority of businesses and organizations that own and utilize general aviation are not wealthy CEOs.
“Rather, 85 percent are small- to mid-sized businesses and organizations that rely on these aircraft to reach far-off plants and customers, serve rural markets without access to commercial aviation, or deliver medical care and other services.”