May 25, 2005
During a meeting Tuesday with Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), chairman of the Senate aviation subcommittee, AOPA President Phil Boyer reiterated AOPA's dedication to helping reduce the cost of providing critical FAA services and steadfast opposition to user fees.
"The FAA needs to look at its cost structure and get that under control before we even get into a discussion of raising taxes or imposing user fees," Boyer told Burns. "AOPA has supported the FAA's efforts to lower the costs of FSS services and eliminate redundant NDB approaches, and we're anxious to work with Congress and the FAA to find other ways to bring costs in line without compromising general aviation safety."
Boyer reminded Burns that GA currently pays for FAA services through fuel taxes - a system that is transparent to pilots, efficient for the government to collect, and is the appropriate method for the government to collect revenues from aviation users. Most important, the current system promotes GA safety by ensuring that vital services, like air traffic control and weather briefings, are available without additional fees, which could deter some pilots from using them.
The two also discussed general aviation security, including recent incursions into the restricted airspace around Washington, D.C. Despite the incursion that led to the evacuation of the White House and the Capitol two weeks ago, most pilots stay well informed of airspace restrictions and conscientiously abide by them. Even so, Boyer pointed out, the Metropolitan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) creates significant problems for pilots, making it difficult for individuals and companies to conduct business in the greater Washington area.
May 25, 2005
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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