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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: IT IS CONFERENCE SEASON

GregIt is conference season.  I just returned from an excellent event put on by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives and hosted in East Lansing by Mike Trout.  Their meeting is about the same size as the NASAO annual conference (though we will grow ours in the future) and they had a robust exhibit hall and active sponsors.  They also put on a great program.  I was invited, along with NBAA and AOPA, to participate in a panel on reauthorization.  It was the first of, I’m sure, dozens of panels (which may feel like hundreds by the time it is over) on this topic.  Over the next couple of months, I am looking forward to going to similar conferences in a number of your states; as well as a few of other organizations (such as Helicopter Association International week after next) at which I can help raise the NASAO banner and push our perspectives.

More importantly, this week is the NASAO Washington conference and I hope to see many of you there (actually, I hope to see ALL of you there, but will settle for many).  We will be meeting with THE KEY folks at FAA on a range of issues from reauthorization to the fuel tax issue about which so many of you have so many questions.  We will meet with the new President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).  We will meet with key congressional staff; the people who will be writing the reauthorization bill.  Keith Laing, who writes on our issues for The Hill, an important publication widely read on Capitol Hill, will address our meeting.  We will have a meeting of the Block Grant Committee, hear from key officials from NTSB and ACRP, as well as top lobbyists from other important aviation associations.

Not to be overlooked, this will give you a chance to meet with your own congressional delegations and share our views on a variety of issues.  Our new White Paper is finished, in both a long and short version.  For meetings on the Hill, I recommend the short version.

So, I very much look forward to seeing many of you here in DC.  I also look forward to seeing many of you who have already invited me to your states, at your state conferences or any other event you might think NASAO’s presence could be helpful.

I work FOR you and will do all I can, and travel wherever needed, to pursue the NASAO agenda.  And I thank those of you who are coming to Washington next week to do the same!

 

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