As part of a grass-roots effort to promote business aviation interests, NBAA representatives are meeting with U.S. congressional leaders who are currently spending time in their home states during an annual recess.
The latest such effort was on Tuesday at a roundtable held in Sioux Falls, S.D. There, NBAA director of legislative affairs Dick Doubrava joined Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and other industry stakeholders to discuss the economic importance of general aviation, including business aviation, to the state.
“It is always nice to listen to the perspectives of those directly involved in the issues,” Thune said. “Hearing from them further reinforces that general aviation and community airports are a great resource to South Dakota and to the country, providing business opportunities and protecting public safety. With my work on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, I look forward to a continued partnership with aviation stakeholders and local leaders to best support this vital asset.”
Tuesday’s meeting came directly on the heels of a GA rally, hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, on Monday in Albuquerque, N.M., where three NBAA representatives were present: Lisa Piccione, senior vice president of government affairs; Steve Hadley, director of regional programs; and Stacy Howard, Western region representative.
Other stops by NBAA reps over the past few weeks since the recess began include Las Vegas and Chicago.