April 1, 2007
A new page in American history started Thursday as the first female speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi of California - picked up the gavel. And the newly empowered Democrats begin a whirlwind of legislative activity with at least eight significant pieces of legislation and rule changes to be addressed in the "First 100 Hours" of the new Congress.
AOPA will be keeping a very close watch on the vote scheduled for next week when the Democratic leadership plans for the House of Representatives to enact the 9/11 Commission recommendations.
"The commission had little to say about general aviation, so we don't anticipate that there will be significant issues for us in this legislation," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "However, there are a couple of lawmakers who want to impose new, unwarranted general aviation security restrictions.
"We'll scrutinize the legislation carefully so we can try to head off any backdoor attempts."
Fortunately, AOPA has the resources to do that, with five full-time lobbyists working from an office at the base of Capitol Hill.
The "First 100 Hours" actually counts the time that the House is in session and voting; calendar time is likely closer to 15 days.
January 4, 2007
Advocacy and Legislation,
FAA Financial and Regulatory
The board of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority will wait 120 days before making a final decision to close Braden Airport, citing community concerns.
Sometimes in politics, the good news is that bad news won’t happen. Thanks to AOPA, antique aircraft collectors and aviation employers in Louisiana dodged legislative bullets that would have raised the costs of aircraft ownership or of doing business.
It’s a familiar refrain, an effort by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to close a valuable airport. AOPA is again speaking up.