December 7, 2004
July 9, 2004
Honorable Jeb Bush Executive Office of the Governor 400 S. Monroe Street The Capitol Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001
Dear Governor Bush:
On behalf of the more than 400,000 AOPA members nationwide, including nearly 30,000 in the State of Florida, I want to thank and commend you for your veto of Senate Bill 2572, which would have allowed construction of a school under the approach path to Miami International Airport.
Your veto message underscores the common-sense rationale for compatible land-use planning around airports: "The state's overarching policy presumes the paramount importance of protecting our children and teachers by forbidding construction of schools under flight paths." This mirrors a similar situation currently pending in Titusville, Florida, which we and your state Transportation department are vigorously opposing.
Again, thank for your bold and prudent action vetoing SB 2572. We intend to share your message with aviation and government decision-makers nationwide. Please count on us to assist you in protecting the citizens of Florida from incompatible land use around airports, the cornerstone of your state's economy.
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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