Bass: World Is Out To Ground GA

 - April 30, 2009, 5:49 AM

Piper Aircraft president and CEO James Bass said the effect of the U.S. government’s “assault” on general aviation will last longer than the recession. His remarks, made at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., last month, were a biting criticism of government officials and media outlets that are spreading the off-base message that “private aircraft equal corporate excess.” Bass dubbed this “general aviation’s demonic age,” adding that “much of the world is out to ground those of us who fly personal and private aircraft.” He is urging everyone in the industry to fight back by writing letters to Washington representatives. “We need to be as passionate in our resolve to save our industry as we are in our passion for aviation,” Bass concluded.