Actor & Pilot Harrison Ford at Senate GA Caucus
Today U.S. Sen. Mark Begich hosted actor and pilot Harrison Ford during a meeting of the Senate General Aviation Caucus for a discussion on the importance of general aviation.
The meeting was attended by a bipartisan group of 12 Senators. The caucus meeting was co-chaired by Sens. Begich and Johanns (R - NE). The following footage is B-Roll from opening statements by Sens. Begich and Johanns and Harrison Ford.
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· Group Photo of the Senate General Aviation Caucus
· Sens. Begich and Johanns w/ Harrison Ford
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We are attempting to get audio from the meeting, but are having some difficulties. Here is a summary from our staff of what was talked about. We apologize for the technical complication of no audio.
During the meeting Harrison Ford indicated that he was there to "listen not teach." Each of the Senators in attendance was able to share their concerns about the general aviation industry with Mr. Ford and tell stories of how their states depend on general aviation pilots.
Sen. Begich took time during the meeting to share his opposition to several current proposals and found agreement from Mr. Ford on issues including:
- The need to protect the privacy of general aviations by preserving the Block Aircraft Registration program. Repealing the program would allow the locations of general aviation airplanes to be tracked and published in real time on the internet.
- The need for the EPA to hold off on eliminating or phasing out low lead AvGas until a suitable and cost-effective drop-in substitute is available.
- Opposition to a proposal to charge a $100 user fee per-flight for General Aviation uses. General Aviation pilots already pay their fair share through taxes on Avgas and jet fuel.
General aviation contributes to over 1.3 million jobs nationwide and provides over $150 billion to the nation's economy. There are over 650,000 General Aviation pilots in all 50 states nationwide.
With his enthusiasm for flying and being an avid General Aviation pilot, Harrison Ford served as Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program (2004-2009) teaching children about flying. He has flown several hundred children in his De Havilland Beaver plane. Ford has flown numerous humanitarian missions and in January 2009, he was honored with a Living Legends of Aviation Legacy Award for his commitment to aviation. Harrison was recently honored with the prestigious 2010 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for his contributions to aviation.