We are pleading for bold political leadership on commercial aviation needs. It is painful to contemplate what our children and grandchildren may face if we fail to step up now.
In the coming months, SMAAC will face campaign challenges posed by social distancing or accepting risks: Is there a virtual stump-speech, rally, fund-raiser, debate or door-knock?
Are TV ads, blogs or social media trees credible? What do you think?
The Board wants to open this blog (NEWS) for in-bound campaign news and messaging from candidates to Members. We'll need moderators and fact-checkers!
The Board wants to ask candidates what they know about airlines, airports, air traffic control, air pollution and public health and safety. And what they'd work to fix if elected. We'll need writers, analysts and contacts with campaigns and candidates.
WHO WILL STEP UP?
A. The Legislature? The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Met Council have little or no set responsibility for air pollution from overflights. No laws establish how flight courses (routes and heights) are set and enforced.
B. The Congress? The airport-to-airport routes at cruise altitudes are planned and supported by appropriations --the National Airspace System and the Federal Aviation Administration's en route air traffic control network. The plans set after 9/11 increased GHG and other emissions per flight in several ways. And again after mergers and hub airport consolidations in 2008-09.
We'll need to ask the candidates serious questions about meeting both economic growth and public health needs during the COVID-19 recovery and in the long-term.