March 30, 2007
An AOPA-supported bill that would increase funding for regional airports throughout Oklahoma is in for a tough fight to get to the state Senate. While House Bill 2082 passed the House with a nearly unanimous vote, it is expected to have a rough time in the Senate's Appropriations Committee. The bill would make 49 regional airports eligible for funding for important enhancements, such as better approaches for aircraft and improved terminals and hangars. These 49 airports are spread across the state and are host to two-thirds of the single-engine aircraft based in Oklahoma. AOPA endorsed this bill and is working with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission to get it enacted into law. Oklahoma pilots are encouraged to contact their state senators and encourage them to enact this important bill for Oklahoma airports.
March 30, 2007
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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