Air pioneer raps growth of bureaucracy, calls FAA leadership best in history

Date: October 1, 1975
Location: Massillon, OH
By: Larry Neeley
Newspaper: The Evening Independent
Page: 3

“The proliferation of bureaucracy in this country is my hangup,” aviation pioneer George E. Haddaway told 80 members of the East Central Ohio Pilots Association Tuesday night at the Arrowhead Country Club in North Canton.

Haddaway, editor and publisher of Flight Magazine since 1934, illustrated his point by reading a new federal regulation. The rule permits an executive to take his secretary along on business trips without her having to pay more income tax because of the “fringe benefits” (enjoyment of flying) derived from the trip.

Haddaway said that regulation – he called it AB 75-21B – is the only good federal aviation regulation he can find.

But he said he is still confident about the future of general aviation because “we have more friends in Congress now than ever before … and the Federal Aviation Administration’s top leadership is the most competent in history.”

“Let’s change this nation from a nation of bureaucracy to one of free enterprise,” Haddaway said.

Asked about the fuel situation for general aviation, Haddaway said sun power and oil from shale are “years off.”

“we are dependent on petroleum and Congress should turn the petroleum industry loose (remove price controls on domestic and oil),” he said. Haddaway commended the ECOPA members for their contribution to “Wings of Hope,” which he called the “only totally aviation-oriented charity.”

“We place little planes, pilots and communications systems in remote parts of the world – mainly to support medical missionaries,” he said of Wings of Hope. The organization accepts no government money.

Haddaway appeared here at the invitation of Mrs. Henry H. Timken, past president of ECOPA. Haddaway praised Mrs. Timken as having :national status” in aviation.

CAPTION: FLIERS’ TALK – The subject was aviation as this group of fliers gathered after a dinner meeting of the East Central Ohio Pilots Association Tuesday night. From left are Robert L. Arner of North Canton, ECOPA president; George E. Haddaway of Dallas, Tex., guest speaker; Karlton Stuhldreher of Jackson Township; and Russell Yoder of Louisville. Yoder, an auto dealer, has a small airfield at Louisville. Stuhldreher is an aviation pioneer and a member of the Akron-Canton Airport Authority Board of Trustees.

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