Urge Your Member of Congress to Join the General Aviation Caucus
January 12, 2011 —
What’s at Issue
U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and John Barrow (D-GA) have re-established a General Aviation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The General Aviation Caucus is open to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives regardless of party affiliation and committee assignments. In the previous Congress, the caucus had more than 135 members. It is the goal of Reps. Graves and Barrow, the caucus co-chairmen, along with general aviation industry groups to ensure that the caucus has a large membership to draw upon to highlight important issues facing the general aviation industry.
Industry groups include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Business Aviation Association, Alliance for Aviation Across America, Air Care Alliance, Commemorative Air Force, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Antique Aircraft Association, and International Council of Air Shows.
Why It’s Important
The purpose of a congressional caucus is to bring members of Congress and their staff together in support of general aviation 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.
What to Do
Contact your representative either by telephone or in writing. For House contact information, click here and enter your zip code in the top left hand corner of the page.
To view an electronic copy of the Dear Colleague letter sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, click here.
To view a sample letter asking your Member of Congress to join the caucus, click here.
On February 15, 2011, the GA Caucus will be hosting an event to officially kick off the caucus for the 112th Congress. All members of Congress and staff are welcome to attend.