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."
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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