January 2005 Issue

First Word: 01/05

The Wild Ride Ahead
Now that the election is behind us and the bile is receding, the guessing game begins. AOPA reports that general aviation interests are well represented in the new Congress; some 14 recently re-elected Representatives or Senators are pilots and most candidates AOPA supported won, all good news. The larger question is does general aviation have a friend in the White House? My prediction is no, it does not, and the next four years will prove a wild ride for the industry.

On the security front, AOPA and other industry groups have done a superb job of keeping TSA (mostly) off our backs. We still have to put up with massive TFRs that shut down absurdly large...

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