31, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- One way you can stand up for general aviation (GA) is to let lawmakers
know how you feel about it. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., AirVenture
attendees have a chance to speak directly to four members of the U.S.
House of Representatives at the Congressional Forum in Honda Forums Plaza
The members come to AirVenture to share their
views, to listen, to hear firsthand from the GA community, and to answer
The following representatives plan to
participate, subject to the House legislative schedule:
Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin), ranking member of the
House Aviation Subcommittee and representative for EAA’s home district;
Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), pilot, aviation enthusiast, and staunch
supporter of GA; Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan), founder and co-chairman of the
bipartisan House General Aviation Caucus; and Sam Graves (R-Missouri), a
pilot, amateur aircraft builder, EAA member, and a strong supporter of GA
who spends his summer vacation flying into AirVenture every year.
Several House Aviation Subcommittee members
will have staff at the forum. In addition, Christa Fornarotto, assistant
secretary for aviation and international affairs for the U.S. Department
of Transportation, will attend.
“These are some of the key people who
influence the decisions and legislation that affect GA,” said EAA
President Tom Poberezny. “They come here because they want to listen and
learn, and to show their support for GA. We, in the GA community, need to
show them our support, as well.
“When you attend a forum like this one, you
are standing up for general aviation, by your presence, your interest, and
your questions. And that is crucial to the future of GA.”
Expected topics include GA user fees; FAA
budget reauthorization and FAA modernization; security issues affecting GA
pilots, passengers, and operations; and ways to promote GA in Congress and
the White House. The panel members will also take questions from the
Stand up for GA—come to the forum and show