May 14, 2007
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on May 11 signed a resolution in opposition to the FAA's plan to increase avgas fuel taxes, impose user fees, and slash airport funding.
The AOPA-supported resolution, sponsored by state Rep. Kyle Johansen, worked its way through the legislature after encountering opposition by the airlines. House Joint Resolution 18 points out the harsh economic impact the FAA's plan would have on the state's economy.
"We were pleased to work with the sponsor and the Alaska Airmen's Association to see this through," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "In a state where general aviation is so important, Alaskans are saying clearly that they don't want user fees of any kind."
This comes after the U.S. Senate drafted its own FAA funding bill that would impose a $25 per flight charge for turbine-powered aircraft. Although the bill does have its positive aspects - such as more airport funding - AOPA members fear that once the federal government starts charging user fees on one segment, it opens the door for the rest of aviation.
Alaska has six times as many pilots per capita and 16 times as many aircraft per capita as the rest of the United States. With the lack of roads and extreme conditions, people depend on general aviation for emergencies, mail, and supplies. Some students even get to school by using GA.
May 14, 2007
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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