General aviation interests are hailing the growth of the House General Aviation Caucus, which has reached a record total of 200 members of the House of Representatives, making it one of the largest and most active caucuses in Washington, D.C. Formed in 2009, the House GA Caucus–and its companion GA Caucus in the Senate–serves as an informal group of lawmakers, assembled to promote the role the industry plays in local communities and the national economy. Both caucuses work to inform debates about policies affecting the general aviation community.
With the biennial reshuffling of the U.S. Congress comes the task of reorganizing the general aviation caucuses in both the House and Senate. The GA caucuses are made up of representatives and senators who recognize and support the benefits that GA provides to the nation.
The Massachusetts Legislative Aviation Caucus, a bipartisan advocate for general aviation in the state formed five years ago, was able to put an end to Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to repeal the current exemption of aircraft sales taxes, the second attempt in three years. Caucus chairman and state Rep.
Established about five years ago, the Massachusetts Legislative Aviation Caucus has been a bipartisan advocate for general aviation and the nearly 40 GA airports in the state. As membership has grown, the caucus has “gotten stronger, more effective and better organized,” according to its chairman, state Rep. Don Humason (R-Westfield).