Commentary: If I were to write a letter to President Obama reference to the decimation his policies have had on business aviation and the aviation vendor industry it would have been stated as below.
Dear President Obama:
While attending college I became fascinated with flying. My money earned while working in factory jobs paid for flight training and college to become a business aviation pilot. In a sense I assisted the aviation community by circulating dollars so I may prosper and the industry may grow.
Occasionally I married, had three children and raised my family successfully all due to having a life time career in aviation as a business aviation pilot.
Within aviation one must flight train, spend time in hotels while on business, purchase fuel for aircraft and other expenditures that add to the survival of the aviation vendor support industry. During my aviation career, to flight train and remain current, I spend over three hundred (300) nights in the same hotel at one training facility location through my career. This does not include the other one hundred fifty (150) nights each year I was away from family for employer work related business.
Govt aviation contracts when sent to Mexico, Brazil, China and other countries diminish my forty years of surviving the ups and downs of my aviation career. You are taking away food and purchase power from a skilled work force. You are circulating our aviation dollars to other countries. You are driving a stake into the hearts and souls of those who are proud Americans. Those who have sacrificed time away from family, strive to reach professional excellence and came out on the other end of life feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment. Your verbal and business aviation policy attacks have negated the successes business aviation has worked hard to achieve.
Aircraft manufacturers use vendors to build aircraft for final assembly. This means jobs and families survive and prosper at these vendor locations.
With your admonishment of business aviation, tax policies, demagoguery of flying business jets, your non support of attending Las Vegas conventions and along with business aviation expenditures you dislike is not supporting our economy. Now you ask my industry to pay for government budget miss management, government over spending, government FAA regulatory intrusion and a special $ 100 flight tax is unacceptable to everyday workers both skilled and unskilled.
Our standard of living is reduced at each anti aviation statement made and our purchasing power is being reduced. Mr. President those of us in business aviation are hurting and our families are hurting.
The 8.5% unemployment rate your administration states is fictitious and your administration knows this. You have not counted those who's benefits have expired, self-employed persons not working, contract workers, freelance pilots, independent business owners who's customers have vanished.
The aviation industry was founded in America. It is part of Americas fiber. The industry is not asking for GM bailouts, pension saving government gimmicks. The administration now admits taxpayers will lose $ 14 billion in the auto bailout. The aviation industry does not require a government bailout. Simply put, the aviation industry is asking you to support the spirit and dreams of men and woman that made this industry great through hard and smart work. We desire our jobs to return.
I ask your administration to support the industry, its dedicated workforce and entrepreneur spirit.