The U.S. economy would be devastated if general aviation were to stop flying for agricultural purposes, medical evacuation, and other missions essential to the country’s safety and well-being. And if the FAA adopts a user fee funding system, that’s exactly what might happen. So AOPA is making sure the public understands what’s at stake in the FAA funding debate. >Beginning December 22 and continuing for several weeks, AOPA will be running advertisements on The Weather Channel to educate the public about how the issue impacts them. “The aviation system has been funded efficiently for nearly 40 years,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “The purpose of the ads on The Weather Channel is to educate the public about the current system and the ongoing debate about changing it. The current system is not broken, so there’s no need to fix it.” Click here to view a video of the two ads. See AOPA Online for the schedule.