Harrison Ford Appears With Senate GA Caucus in D.C.
Actor and EAA member Harrison Ford (center) appears with Sen. Mike Johanns (left, R-NE) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), co-chairs of the Senate GA Caucus, on Tuesday, October 11, on Capitol Hill to promote general aviation and discuss major issues facing GA. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Mark Begich’s office)
October 19, 2011 – Even the frenzied activity of Congress will stop to listen when a well-informed celebrity has something to say, which showed Tuesday when longtime EAA member, pilot, and former Young Eagles program chairman Harrison Ford talked about the importance of general aviation to the U.S. Senate’s GA Caucus.
Ford, who is a regular visitor to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, joined GA Caucus co-chairs Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) in speaking to nine other senators, numerous senate staff members, and assembled media about the importance of GA to the nation’s economy and transportation system.
Among the issues highlighted during the Capitol Hill appearance were the threat of the $100-per-flight user fee proposal unveiled by the Obama administration, the efforts toward finding a suitable replacement of 100 low-lead aviation fuel, and the importance of maintaining the Block Aircraft Registration (BARR) request program that maintains privacy rights of aviators from public Internet access following during flights.
Along with his work as Young Eagles chairman in 2004-2009, Ford is an active pilot and advocate for general aviation and its unique freedoms.