But Adds Neither Campaign Has Weighed In Yet On Issue
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association notes Arizona
Senator John McCain's surprise choice of running mate, Governor
Sarah Palin of Alaska, has a positive association with general
"Considering that GA is the primary form of long-distance
transportation in the forty-ninth state, it's not surprising that
Gov. Palin has taken a stand on the user fee issue," the pilot
advocacy group says. "In May 2007, she signed a resolution in
opposition to the FAA’s plan to increase avgas taxes, impose
user fees, and slash airport funding. AOPA and the Alaska
Airmen’s Association had worked together to move the
resolution through the Alaska legislature."
In January of this year, Governor Palin unveiled a new Alaska aviation safety
initiative, aimed at reducing accident rates among the
state's pilot community. AOPA adds that Palin's husband, Todd,
is an AOPA member and the owner of a Piper Super Cub. (A quick
search of the FAA pilot database shows Todd Palin carries a
Third-Class medical, and a license to operate single-engine
land aircraft... that shows as expired as of July 2008, though
it's possible the online database hasn't been updated --
McCain is expected to win the Republican nomination for
President next week in St. Paul, MN. His Democrat opponent, Barack
Obama, earned his party's nomination Wednesday in Denver.
While Palin's apparent ties to general aviation are encouraging,
AOPA adds that neither presidential campaign has yet published a
position on general aviation issues.
As ANN reported, the group has sent each
candidate a questionnaire. Responses from Senators McCain and Obama
about FAA funding, air traffic control, GA security, the
environment, and their personal experiences with GA will be
published in the November issue of AOPA Pilot.
"AOPA doesn’t endorse presidential candidates, but we do
give you as much information as possible so that you can weigh the
candidates’ stands on general aviation with the other issues
that are important to you," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.