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General Aviation (GA) Caucus

Overview

In 2009, the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus was created to help inform Congress about the value and benefits of general aviation, which include all aircraft activity not associated with airlines or military. With revenue more than $150 billion and employment of more than 1.3 million people, GA is a crucial part of the nationís economy and transportation system.

The GA Caucus provides a vehicle for congressmen to learn about general aviation and legislative issues affecting the community. With the current environment, it has never been more important to have our legislators educated on the issues affecting GA. It is open to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the previous Congress, the caucus had grown to more than 135 members but, with swearing in of the 112th U.S. Congress, the GA Caucus must be re-established. It is the goal of caucus co-chairmen Sam Graves (R-MO) and John Barrow (D-GA), along with GA industry groups, to ensure that the caucus has a large membership to draw upon to highlight important issues facing the GA industry.

Check the full list to see if your senator and representative are members of the caucus.

Why it's important

The purpose of a congressional caucus is to bring members of Congress and their staffs together in support of GA by holding regular meetings on issues affecting the industry. Regular briefings will be held on issues such as legislation to reauthorize the FAA, the Large Aircraft Security Program, and aviation security, among others.

EAA has a number of important legislative initiatives in the reauthorization bills that need support from a broad cross-section of Congress, including language in support of unleaded aviation gasoline research, residential through-the-fence agreements, release of design data for vintage aircraft, and others yet to be introduced.

Doing your part

Contact your representative either by telephone or in writing and urge them to join the House GA Caucus. The process is as simple as having the congressman contact either of the co-chairmen Graves or Barrow or their staff, as outlined in the Dear Colleague letter sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

For House contact information, click here and enter your ZIP code in the top left hand corner of the page.

To view a sample letter asking your member of Congress to join the caucus, click here.

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