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October 27, 2006
A proposal to build four backcountry airstrips in Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest would open up pilot access to the Little Belt, Castle, and North Half Crazy mountains, where there are currently no airports. AOPA is supporting the proposal - one alternative in the Forest Service's draft environmental impact statement - because it provides the greatest aviation access to the area. The Forest Service has expressed concerns about building airstrips in those areas, saying such a move could increase illegal outfitting and that the construction of the strips could damage surrounding areas. AOPA explained to the Forest Service that pilots are law-abiding citizens and that those who will be using the strips have a respect for nature. The association also said that building backcountry strips does not require heavy machinery. Volunteers could help prepare the strips by hand, which would further reduce the Forest Service's cost to build and maintain the strips.
October 27, 2006
Pilot Advanced Skills,
Advocacy and Legislation
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.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.