A number of Wichita executives attended a town hall meeting called by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita on Monday regarding federal general aviation issues.
Pompeo called the meeting, held in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration, aircraft certification and regulatory reform, implementation of the next-generation air traffic control system, and recent proposals to privative that system.
“Improvements to the FAA need to be made in order for general aviation to continue in excellence, but it is crucial that Congress take a commonsense approach to reforming the FAA in a way that strengthens our entire air transportation system,” Pompeo said in a news release Tuesday about the meeting. “… We have an enormous opportunity in the aviation community, and across other industries, to improve the way our skies are regulated and strengthen general aviation simply by doing what makes the most sense for our businesses and for the American people.”
Wichita executives who attended the meeting included Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest; Cessna chairman emeritus Russ Meyer, Textron Aviation senior vice president of engineering Michael Thacker, Yingling Aviation CEO Lynn Nichols and Berry Cos. president and CEO Walter Berry.
The meeting also was attended by Ed Bolen of the National Business Aviation Association and Jack Pelton of the Experimental Aircraft Association, as well as Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan.