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
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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