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 General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
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 thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.