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Busey goes to bat for general aviation. (James B. Busey) (column)

"It doesn't take a genius to determine the importance of general aviation." This casual admission by FAA Administrator James B. Busey struck a harmonious, resounding cord among industry leaders assembled for his keynote speech at the agency's March 7 General Aviation Conference in Denver, Colo.

Follow-on reaction from pilots and would-be airmen has generated a universal-cadence of "Amen, amen, and amen!" to his call for a meaningful general-aviation program. At the same time they ask "Is this another gimmick or does he really mean business?"

For the uninformed public not in attendance at the meeting, he said that general aviation is a vital factor to the nation's well-being. …

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