April 22, 2005
Federal officials couldn't answer the question, but AOPA could. During a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Tennessee Rep. John "Jimmy" Duncan asked how foreign controller productivity compares to that of U.S. air traffic control. The Government Accountability Office didn't have the answer and neither did a representative of German air traffic control. So after the hearing AOPA President Phil Boyer dropped in on Duncan to provide the facts. As it turns out, the average controller in the United States handles approximately 3,500 IFR operations each year at a cost of $172 each. By comparison, in Germany the average controller handles only 490 operations at a cost of $390 each. Then Boyer took the opportunity to show Duncan a letter from AOPA member Ward Whelchel, who had written the congressman at AOPA's request to state his opposition to user fees. While Duncan hadn't yet seen the letter, he immediately called Whelchel. "I want all AOPA members in my state to know that I'm not for user fees and there is no way I will be for them," said Duncan, who is a member of the House aviation subcommittee and its former chairman.
April 22, 2005
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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