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Senator Dorgan Meets with Aviation Leaders to Discuss Future of General Aviation
March 14, 2009

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U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) today met with local aviation leaders to discuss the future of general aviation in North Dakota and the nation.

The event was hosted by the Fargo Jet Center and the Alliance for Aviation Across America, a national cooperative that supports general aviation.

Dorgan was recently named Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security. The committee has jurisdiction over commercial airlines, general aviation, and civil aviation, including airports and aviation security. The committee's jurisdiction also spans aviation safety, economic and consumer issues, and international agreements.

Senator Dorgan toured the center and participated in a discussion about general aviation in the state. He said that the aviation industry in North Dakota and the region benefits the local economy and sustains local jobs, and he will work to support general aviation through his work as Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation.

"The general aviation industry is very important to North Dakota's economy," said Dorgan. "It is critical that we do everything we can to support the entire aviation industry throughout this economic crisis. This meeting today was important in identifying challenges and discussing possible solutions for general aviation. We were also able to discuss the FAA Reauthorization bill, which we will be writing in the coming weeks. I will take their suggestions back to Washington with me and will work to address these important issues through my role as chairman of the Commerce Aviation Subcommittee."


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