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Aviation: An Enabling Technology for the General Welfare
Promoting the general welfare was specifically stated in the preamble to the US Constitution as one of the purposes of government when that document was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and subsequently ratified by 11 of the original 13 states that formed the United States of America- reflects Jack Olcott.

For well over two and a quarter centuries- the constitution and the concepts the founding fathers of the USA sought to codify have served the people well. Since the earliest days of the US republic- transportation has been regarded as one means for improving the wellbeing of citizens. The first US president- George Washington- urged Congress to build roads and canals as one of the means for facilitating commerce and serving the nation.

Abraham Lincoln ran for the US presidency in 1860 on the promise that his administration would complete the first transcontinental railroad—a campaign pledge that he kept by overseeing the Pacific Railroad Acts of 1862 and 1864- although he was not alive to see the route completed in 1869. President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed for passage of the Public Law 84-627- officially labeled the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956- which created the interstate system of high-speed roadways that played and continues to play such a significant role in the economic and social lives of US citizens in the present day.

Today- the economy as a whole and the quality of life for US citizens in general depend upon aviation in all its forms as the primary means of travel for distances beyond a few hundred miles. As the chart below shows- the number of passengers boarding US airlines each year exceeds twice the number of US citizens.

Without a safe and effective air transportation infrastructure- the welfare of every citizen in the USA would be compromised and a fundamental mandate of the US Constitution would be neglected. Business aircraft are marginal users of that vital and necessary infrastructure. By providing transportation to locations that are not efficiently served by scheduled air carriers- Business Aviation adds more value and welfare to an essential national system.

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