Much to the surprise of no one, the mayors in towns affected by President Obama's attacks on business aircraft have reacted poorly and are urging the President to speak out to counter the negative press generated against general aviation.
Much like the mayor of Las Vegas, words have meanings, and those hurtful words from Congress against the use of business jets has hurt many cities whose major employer manufactures those very same aircraft. It seems that government can solve everything, but not everyone is happy about how it is going about it.
For those of us in aviation we need support, not criticism. We are not the enemy, and aviation does serve a very useful role in providing an exceptional standard of living for all Americans. Why there is this class warfare going on in this country is beyond me. After all, there is plenty of blame to go around for our economic woes, why don't we all work together to solve them instead of spending so much time blaming the Bush administration and the captains of industry.
Given the $ 9 Trillion dollar debt Obama has set us on course to expect it would seem to me that we need to all work together to solve this mess rather than use it for personal gain. Why attack the very people who create businesses and commerce that provides jobs? I don't get it.
Perhaps some are not aware of the value of aviation to various state budgets. Well consider this: according to the State of Kansas aviation accounts for fully one third of its budget revenue, most of it coming from Wichita. Just like Las Vegas Kansas got whacked for producing business jet aircraft that the leaders of Chrysler, Ford and GM used to get to Washington to feed at the trough.
Let's hope sanity returns to our leaders soon, and that we all get on the same page and build businesses, not tear them down. We need aviation. After all, aviation has provided the research and development that has led to many discoveries which have improved American lives.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.