June 28, 2006
AOPA member action, along with association lobbying efforts, has blocked an anti-airport bill in a California state senate committee.
Assembly Bill 2501 would have imposed crippling aircraft operations monitoring on Santa Monica Municipal Airport. The airport would have been required to record taxi and idle times of all aircraft operating at the airport, ostensibly to obtain environmental data.
But the data might have been used to regulate aircraft operations, something that is the responsibility of the federal government, not state or local entities. It could have set a precedent threatening all California public-use airports.
AOPA's California Regional Representative John Pfiefer lobbied against the bill.
And AOPA asked selected California members to contact their state senators sitting on the Transportation and Housing Committee. Members called and e-mailed, and according to at least one senator's chief of staff, information from the affected pilots made a difference in the vote.
"Our California members sent a very clear message that the committee members heard: Don't mess with our airports!" said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs.
The bill has already passed the California Assembly. While it is dead for the moment in the Senate, there is a remote chance it could be called for reconsideration.
June 28, 2006
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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