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MBAA holds Fifth Annual Aviation Day at Capitol

"One of the best times to be heard is when you're not complaining." Gordon Hoff, Exec Dir MBAA

 

C.M. Swanson

MnDOT Aeronautics Director Cassandra Isackson gives a report at MBAA's Fifth Annual Aviation Day at the Capitol March 16. All aviation related businesses were invited to attend. Meetings were arranged to update legislators and members of the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee. Here, Isackson provides an overview and status update on the Aviation Tax Report which passed in 2013.

Representatives of aviation related industries and organizations met with legislators for the Fifth Annual Aviation Day at the Capitol in March to discuss the importance of general aviation airports to their surrounding communities.

C.M. Swanson

AOPA Director of State Government Affairs meets casually with St. Cloud Regional Airport Director William Towle to compare notes, share interesting observations, and generally encourage attendees. With today's busy schedules, setting time aside to attend events, even ones that benefit aviation in general and the work place in particular is sometimes a challenge. "It's important," Towle observed in his conversation. "You've got to keep things going so you don't have to start over."

Gordon Hoff, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA) offered focus points to attendees during an informal breakfast in the Senate Building prior to meetings with legislators.

Members of the Minnesota Aviation Trades Association (MATA), Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA), Minnesota Department of Transportation Aeronautics (MNDot Aeronautics), and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), as well as airport managers and pilots attended the day long session.

Among points discussed were the shortage of personnel in all aspects of aviation including pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, communications specialists and others.

Other issues addressed were third-class medical reform, funding sources, safety, and privatization of air traffic control.

Between meeting with legislators, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to discuss ideas and strategies with each other and to share their passion for aviation.

 

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