I was very pleased to accept an invitation from Andy Priester, president of the Illinois Aviation Trades Association, to speak at this week’s annual Conference in Peoria. It was great to have a chance to share ideas and discuss issues with leaders in aviation from throughout Illinois.
My focus was on our new campaign, General Aviation Serves America. We are excited to find growing enthusiasm for this campaign to help opinon leaders and decision makers across the country better understand the value of general aviation and it’s critical contribution to the nation’s air transportation system. Andy surprised with the news that IATA elected to support GA Serves America with a generous contribution. THANK YOU, IATA!
The visit to Illinois also gave me an opportunity to recognize the leadership of Illinois’ Congressman Jerry Costello. His leadership as chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee is something we are grateful for every day. His full engagement addressing security issues and opposition to user fees are key examples of his commitment to general aviation.
I left this afternoon very appreciative for the opportunity to share what we are doing with these aviation champions. The spontaneous applause for the GA Serves America video showing our ad program suggested to me that Harrison Ford definitely plays well in Peoria!