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