It may seem too overwhelming.
There's no question that
advancing aviation policy can be difficult. But the fact
is, that individuals like you, joining together with
others who care, can turn things around.
You may feel like you can't be effective because you
only have a few hours a month, or several days a week to
be involved. Keep in mind that every effort, even the
small ones, advance the cause. Your participation, on any
level, can change you and your community for the better.
Here's a list of ways that you can get involved.
To advocate for change, begin by
learning about aviation related issues and laws. Use the CAA Tools
for Action to see what others are doing in their
communities, and to get tips and ideas, and facts that can
Organize or Attend Outreach Events:
Being visible in your community has an effect on how people think about
aviation and helps legislators to see which issues their
constituents care about.
Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed piece:
Many community leaders and politicians read the editorial pages
to assess public opinion; therefore, writing to your
newspaper or other media is an effective way to express your views on
Establish a Speakers Bureau:
Offer to speak to community and civic groups, such as the League of Women Voters or
the PTA, to raise awareness about aviations benefits in
your area. You can also recruit local pilots, airport
managers, aviation based business owners or other
advocates to be part of your network of speakers.
Communicate With Your Legislator:
Establish a relationship with your legislators--they rely on people like you for policy
suggestions, feedback and information. Provide your
legislative allies with background statistics and
anecdotes that describe the benefits of aviation in your
Attend Public Hearings/Testify:
Follow the progress of aviation-related legislation closely. When the legislation
is being reviewed at committee or public hearings, be
prepared to attend or give testimony. Bring allies from
districts represented by other members of the committee.
Provide informational materials to other witnesses, the
committee, and the news media covering the hearing.