Reminders of Ford and Oberstar are timely for 2015

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The regulation of aviation safety and economics is heavily influenced by the House and Senate. Two recent events are reminders of how much politics can add to the quality of aviation (unfortunately the reverse is also true). This legislative year is incredibly important for aviation because by September many critical aspects of the FAA Reauthorization Bill will hopefully be resolved. The careers of these two Hill aviation icons demonstrate to the current Congress how the leaders of legislation can listen, learn and create language which assures the highest levels of safety and which is practical/realistic.

As noted before, the aviation industry benefited from the Chairmanship of Senator Wendell Ford. His accomplishments and contribution were noted before and the below obituary reviews the life of this able legislator. Suffice it to say that the able statesman from Kentucky will be missed.

Chairman Oberstar passed a while ago and his extraordinary record has been chronicled before. His native Minnesota has been searching for appropriate memorials to honor Mr. Oberstar’s contribution. The below article explains how the Duluth International Airport will bear their hero’s name and the Duluth International Airport will be the location for a display of their native son.

This legislative year is incredibly important for aviation because by September many critical aspects of the FAA Reauthorization Bill will hopefully be resolved. These two sad, but symbolically appropriate events should remind the current Members of both Houses of attributes needed in 2015. Hopefully the 114th Congress will adopt models of the Senator’s ability to listen and the Representative’s talent to use knowledge to create solutions which work.

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