EAA Meets New DOT Secretary
October 13, 2006 — EAA and several other aviation organizations attended an invitation-only introduction to the new Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters, Wednesday morning at DOT Headquarters in Washington, D.C. EAA was represented by Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations. The meeting provided an opportunity to become acquainted with the new Secretary and her staff, tell her a little about EAA, and touch on a couple of leading issues. Macnair also had the opportunity to discuss issues impeding the growth of recreational and personal aviation with Andrew Steinberg, Assistant Secretary for Aviation who was recently confirmed to his position by the Senate.
Macnair found Peters to be very engaged and eager to work with general aviation on critical issues including NGATS (Next Generation Air Transportation System), GA user fees and the upcoming reauthorization of the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21) next year.
"Secretary Peters will play a pivotal role in the FAA reauthorization process and any proposals for alternative funding such as user fees," Macnair said. "Her background in the highway administration certainly gives her experience in large-scale authorizations and the administration of the Highway Trust Fund. We're looking forward to presenting general aviation's case for maintaining the present funding system for the nation's air traffic control system in the coming weeks and months."
Macnair extended an invitation to Peters to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 next summer, to which one of her staff members said, "Oh yes, you can't miss that."