November 14, 2002
*** URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE OVER 388,000 PILOTS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF AOPA ***
AVIATION SECURITY MISREPRESENTED IN HOMELAND SECURITY AMENDMENT
Dear Senator Hutchison:
Rather than flood your office with faxes and phone calls from our 26,370 members in Texas, I will be direct and to the point in this letter.
Senator John Breaux has included an amendment in the Aviation Security Improvement Act, formerly S.2949, which essentially rescinds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) congressionally mandated power to regulate airspace around sporting events. His legislation puts that control in the hands of the commercial and college sports interests.
AOPA strongly opposes this bad public policy of turning the control and regulation of airspace to private interests under the guise of aviation security rather than the agencies established by Congress.
On behalf of AOPA members, I urge you to oppose the Breaux Overflight Amendment because this is a security issue that should not be regulated by commercial interests. Thank you for your time and consideration on this issue.
November 14, 2002
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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