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May 30, 2006
A House panel charged with funding the FAA (through the Department of Transportation) late last week made it clear where Congress stands, rejecting the Bush administration's proposed $1 billion budget cut for airport improvement spending.
Under the leadership of Chairman Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member John Olver (D-Mass.), the Appropriations Committee's transportation subcommittee recommended the congressionally authorized funding level of $3.7 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Under federal spending formulas, if AIP spending falls below $3.2 billion, entitlements for GA airports are eliminated. The subcommittee's actions preserve GA entitlements.
"We are extremely encouraged by the subcommittee's action to recognize the importance of federal funding for general aviation airports," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "However, this is only a first step in the lengthy process of approving federal spending, and we will continue pressing Congress to protect America's GA airports by passing full funding."
The full Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the funding bill after Congress returns from its Memorial Day recess.
May 30, 2006
Department of Transportation,
FAA Financial and Regulatory,
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.