Candidates Should Highlight Invaluable Services of GA

Greetings from Washington! In advance of tonight’s second presidential debate, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is encouraging both President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney to focus on the vital role that aviation plays in the U.S. economy.

The general aviation industry employs 1.3 million people and contributes more than $150 billion to the U.S. economy. It’s important that our leaders recognize the massive job-creating role of general aviation. Aviation is the critical component that connects the U.S. economy, and we simply cannot take it for granted or use it for partisan political purposes.

In the first presidential debate, President Obama erroneously implied that general aviation received unfair tax breaks, but, without question, general aviation pays its fair share of taxes. Clearly, both candidates need to focus on the more important issue: our significant contribution to the U.S. economy. When the U.S. economy comes roaring back, general aviation is going to be playing an important role in the front lines.

I am hopeful that as both candidates participate in tonight’s town hall debate they will take the opportunity to highlight the invaluable services that the general aviation community provides to the U.S. and global economy now and moving forward.

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