March 20, 2003
Docket Management System U.S. Department of Transportation Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20590-0001
REF: Docket No. FAA-2002-14081; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM); No. 03-02 Transponder Continuous Operation for Part 121 Air Carrier Operations
To Whom It May Concern:
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), representing the interests of over 390,000 pilots and aircraft owners, submits the following comments for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rulemaking contained in Docket No. FAA-2002-14081:
AOPA is strongly opposed to applying the requirements of this proposed rule to general aviation operations and recommends that the FAA not undertake similar future rulemaking action for general aviation operations conducted under Part 91.
Unlike commercial air carrier operations, the general aviation pilot knows the passengers on board and what they are carrying. Furthermore, general aviation aircraft are used for personal and business transportation, just like an automobile, and the nature of these operations makes application of this rule to Part 91 operators unnecessary.
Melissa K. Bailey Vice President Air Traffic, Regulatory and Certification Policy
March 13, 2003
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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