WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2013) – The presidents and CEOs of at least three general aviation organizations – Craig Fuller of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA); Thomas L. Hendricks of the National Air Transportation Association; and Pete Bunce of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) – welcomed the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of former Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx as the nation’s next secretary of transportation. Foxx replaces Ray LaHood of Illinois.
“As mayor, Foxx saw firsthand the important of general aviation to the city’s economy,” said Bunce. “Now, as he leads the U.S. transportation system, we hope Mr. Foxx will adopt policies that encourage the success and growth of general aviation nationwide, allowing the industry to add to its $150 billion annual economic impact and 1.2 million jobs. We look forward to working with him in his new role.”
In a similar vote of confidence, AOPA’s Craig Fuller noted the importance of continuing progress on the Next Generation air traffic control system, streamlining aircraft certification, and reducing the burdensome limits now placed on pilots, as reasons the general aviation community needs to work with Foxx.
GAMA’S Tom Hendricks noted that Foxx expanded Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and obviously realizes the importance of investing in the nation’s airport infrastructure.