The California Pilots Association recognized Marc Santacroce as their “General Aviation Defender of the Year” at their Annual Meeting in San Carlos on October 15, 2011.
California’s flight training industry has been battling the stealth imposition of burdensome regulatory procedures for nearly two years. While the national aviation trade organizations received the majority of publicity for their efforts (mostly as a result of their own PR department news releases) several individuals took up the cause and opposed the unannounced regulatory imposition as well. Among these, Marc Santacroce stood out at the most active and effective advocate.
An independent flight instructor in Concord, Marc decided this battle was too important to just let “the alphabet groups” do the fighting. Santacroce’s hours of research and volumes of communications with flight instructors and schools across the state are beyond measure. He made countless trips to Sacramento, testifying before the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and legislative committees in the Senate and Assembly. If there was a twist in the process, Marc knew it and coordinated its dissemination to anyone that would help educate their lawmakers.
Marc’s tireless and comprehensive efforts were instrumental to the passage of a bill enabling the vast majority of the state’s flight training providers to avoid expensive and overbearing regulatory oversight. On behalf of the state’s aviation community the California Pilots Association extends a sincere thank you to Marc Santacroce.