If you love aviation, then you have something in common with actor Harrison Ford. A avid pilot, Ford owns several personal airplanes and is an avid supporter of aviation. In his recent speech to members of the U.S. Congress, he emphasized that in the U.S., general aviation produces 1.3 million jobs and contributes USD $150 billion annually to the economy. He reminded his listeners that other services such as medical flights, police work and fireflghting are also important aviation services. Ford said general aviation pilots also fly 118,000 hours of volunteer work on free medical missions, Civil Air Patrol and other public service flights each year.
Emphasizing that it was vital that the country continue to move general aviation ahead and to attract more people to the various professions that serve aviation, Ford said he was grateful he has been able to contribute in a way to the advancement of aviation. Attracting more young people into aviation is needed, Ford added, pointing out that the Experimental Aircraft Associations Young Eagles program has resulted in 1.5 million U.S. youngsters getting their first flights in general aviation aircraft.
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