U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), certified pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, was honored with the RAA Leadership Award from the Regional Airline Association (RAA) yesterday for his consistent efforts to support the future of aviation. Inhofe is widely known for his staunch advocacy of the entire aviation industry, as evidenced by his recent work on the 2018 FAA Reauthorization.
“I am grateful to be recognized with the RAA Leadership Award from the Regional Airline Association,” Inhofe said. “Airports and communities in Oklahoma and across the country rely on regional airlines for passenger air service, but the growing need for qualified and trained pilots and maintenance professionals puts affordable, reliable service at risk. I was proud to work with RAA to enact provisions in the 2018 FAA bill that will invest in pilot education and training and make a career in aviation more accessible for young Americans. I look forward to continuing to work with RAA to ensure a bright future for regional aviation.”
“It is our honor to present the RAA Leadership Award to Sen. Inhofe,” said RAA President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black. “He is a staunch advocate and leader for our industry when it comes to advancing solutions to ensure the next generation of our country’s aviation workforce and understands the need to continue to improve pilot training. The Senator, who is a pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, was responsible for including numerous important provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Act, including new maintenance and pilot workforce development grant programs, pilot examiner reforms, an update to curriculum at aviation maintenance technician schools, and language directing the FAA to keep the Aircraft Registry Office open during a government shutdown.”