April 14, 2006
For the third year in a row, AOPA has successfully opposed Maryland Delegate Darryl Kelley's bill that would establish a task force to study general aviation issues. The bill died this week when the legislature adjourned. AOPA had testified against the bill in March during a hearing before the House Environmental Matters Committee. The task force would have examined environmental problems, including any problems with low-flying aircraft; safety and land-use compatibility questions; security issues; the monitoring of flight schools; and the recording of operations at airports. AOPA has repeatedly argued that federal and local authorities already oversee these issues.
April 14, 2006
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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