March 23, 2007
During the House aviation subcommittee hearing on March 21, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) expressed his concern about the FAA's proposed avgas tax hike. "I'm concerned about general aviation," said Rep. Buchanan. "You [the FAA] talk about your tax increase, but you don't talk about what everyone is actually paying for fuel.... If we drive a lot of people out of this industry, including the FBOs, what have we really done to increase revenues [to the FAA]? I'm for sharing the [tax] burden, but I want to make sure that at the end of the day, there are enough gallons being bought." "Rep. Buchanan is an important ally in this battle," said AOPA President Phil Boyer, "and we're pleased that he's sticking up for GA pilots by voicing his opposition to the FAA's proposal."
March 23, 2007
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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