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."
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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