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“Not enough comets”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#1 Jul 18, 2009
With all due respect to Harrison Ford and Morgan Freeman, proposing "fairness" and "appreciation" in the ongoing onslaught against funding for GA, and a measure of independence from a beserk Homeland Security is not going to accomplish anything for airmen.

It is far too politically advantageous to place GA on the public block. Owning and flying an aircraft in an era of economic weakness is too convenient for politicians to not wave the populist flag. If it strikes the administration that a moratorium on corporate jets would be useful in pushing through their health care adventure, you'll see it.

Your celebrities bring only their familiarity to the media, but not a printable, therefore saleable point of view. Or visa versa. Telling a population with an attention span measured in seconds that "We were there when you needed us," isn't going to force the neural connection between freedom in the abstract and flying. They could care less.

Suggesting that their hair will fall out if small airports are closed would have more effect. Since that's not practical and since World War II aviation movies have about had it, it's time to tap on current resources.

Angel Flight tugs at heartstrings and provides copy for regional news bureaus. An adventure film depicting the engineering accomplishments of NASA wouldn't hurt and NASA has an active PR staff.

"If you can't fly, you can't _____." Fill in some imaginative populist blanks. But don't pitch this to fellow pilots.

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