Transportation Secretary Backs Aviation Workers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, March 21, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has told general aviation workers in Wichita he'll fight to make sure the industry continues to flourish as the global economy picks up.

More than 2,000 workers from several general aviation companies turned out Monday for a rally marking LaHood's visit to the city. They cheered when LaHood said he would try to persuade President Barack Obama to come to Wichita.

LaHood noted the general aviation industry's 1.2 million jobs and its $150 billion contribution to the nation's economy.

Cessna Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton says LaHood privately told industry executives earlier in the day he would go back to Washington as their advocate.

Pelton says the industry couldn't have asked for a better outcome from LaHood's visit to Wichita.

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