David Franson
September 21, 2012

Administration’s Aviation Antipathy

As Published In The September issue of PROFESSIONAL PILOT 

My friend Jack Pelton, retired Chairman, President and CEO of Cessna, recently suggested that it would be appropriate and prudent  to re-insert the wording originally included in the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 defining one of the FAA’s duties as the “promotion, encouragement and development of civil aeronautics” into the FAA Charter. It was expunged as part of the 1996 reauthorization bill.  Now, more than ever, I couldn’t agree with him more.  This important segment of the industry has been the target of  almost constant negativity from politicians for the past three years and that vitriol is likely to increase as the political campaign season nears conclusion. Keep reading >