31, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin -
While the aviation world turned its focus to
the opening-day action at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Monday, members of the
U.S. House of Representatives also focused their attention on the world of
flight, debating and passing by unanimous consent a resolution recognizing
general aviation (GA) for its contributions to America’s economic and
Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
(R-Nebraska), HR 508 notes the many facets of GA and how it contributes to
the nation’s well-being.
“The resolution we are considering today
celebrates the many areas in which general aviation plays an important
role in the lives of everyday Americans,” Fortenberry said on the floor
of the House.
Noted Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (RNew Jersey)
said, “The aviation industry is a vital part of small business.
“It is very appropriate that we are
considering this resolution today. The Experimental Aircraft Association
is holding its annual convention this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, known as
the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It is referred to by many simply as ‘Oshkosh.’
“It is the world’s largest general
The resolution drew widespread support,
particularly from the nearly 60 members of the new House General Aviation
Caucus that formed earlier this year.
HR 508 recognizes that GA’s 231,000- plus
active aircraft and 500,000 pilots annually move approximately 170 million
passengers thanks to access to more than 5,000 public-use airports—more
than 10 times the number of airports with commercial-airline service.
Two-thirds of all flights fly on either
business or public-service missions, and the collective impact of the
community generates more than $150 billion in economic activity, the
The collective earnings of GA’s 1.3 million
workers alone exceed $53 billion annually.