General aviation fared very well in the 2004 Congressional
elections, with Ninety-six percent of the 104 members backed by the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Political Action Committee
(AOPA PAC) won their races. Fourteen of 18 AOPA members who were
running for Congress won their seats.
"We will see more cuts across the board, all workers, in the
months ahead.... Were it not for Exxon getting most of our money
this year, we would have been able to make some progress."
Source: American Airlines CEO Gerald Arpy in a
statement on the pending layoff of a thousand workers -- including
450 pilots. Arpy says American will pay $500 million more for fuel
in the fourth quarter of this year than it did during the same time