Celebvocate: Harrison Ford fights FAA cuts to small airfields

March 19, 2013

One in an occasional series on the stars with a cause who come to Washington. Tuesday’s advocate: Harrison Ford.


Actor and pilot Harrison Ford (L) speaks with Congressman Sam Graves and the General Aviation Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Setting: Longworth House Office Building.

Event: A Q&A with Ford to talk pilots, small planes, and the House General Aviation Caucus.

Bona fides: Swashbuckling Hollywood star and real-life private pilot of airplanes and helicopters for the past 20 years. Took flying lessons in college, then picked it back up in his 50′s after watching other pilots fly his planes. “I realized they were having more fun with my toys than I was.”

Backup: Fellow pilot/Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.); other caucus members who star-gazed until they rushed off for a vote.

What he wants: To save more than 200 commercially-operated air traffic control towers at small airfields nationwide threatened to close under FAA budget cuts. “The impact on jobs and the economy is huge,” he told the Hill audience.

How he looked: At 70, silver-foxy with messy white hair, navy blazer, blue shirt, no tie, glasses.

Soundbite: “Aviation helped me reinvent my life.”

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