May 16, 2003
South Dakota Governor (and AOPA member) Michael Rounds says he's going to eliminate a state rule requiring pilots to carry a state-issued photo registration card. And he says he's going to introduce legislation next year to eliminate the state's pilot registration altogether.
In a letter to AOPA Regional Representative Bill Hamilton, Rounds said that since the FAA has implemented an AOPA proposal to require pilots to carry a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, and pilot certificate when they fly, "the state's requirement would be a duplication of effort, and in order to keep our pledge to the pilots of this state, I have decided that our requirement for a state-issued photo card will be eliminated."
Rounds also said the state's pilot registration rule, in effect since the 1930s, is also a duplication of effort, since the information is readily available elsewhere. So he will ask the legislature to eliminate it entirely.
"It's fantastic to have someone who truly understands general aviation sitting in the governor's chair in South Dakota," said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Andy Cebula. "He knows that the aviation system is national and can't be subdivided by individual state requirements."
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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