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AOPA President Briefs Congress

August 29, 2022

AOPA President Briefs Congress

AOPA President Mark Baker was among several general aviation leaders who informed Congress on the current state of the industry during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing in July.

Baker highlighted several issues including GA’s improved safety record, aviation workforce challenges, airport hangar shortages, and the most pressing issue facing GA today: the need for a safe and smart transition to unleaded fuels for piston aircraft. In his testimony, Baker called GA an important fabric of our nation—a $247 billion industry supporting more than 1.2 million jobs and serving communities with more than 5,000 public-use airports across the country. Baker outlined how GA weathered the storm in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increasing number of aircraft taking to the skies without a compromise to safety. The hearing generated discussion on aviation workforce challenges—especially as travel woes such as weather, air traffic control delays, and staffing issues have come to the forefront in the news media. Baker and the GA leaders also fielded questions from the committee on topics including costs of flight training, diversifying the aviation workforce, designated pilot examiner shortages, and unleaded fuel.
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