October 11, 2007
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
It may be all quiet on the FAA funding front at the moment, but as AOPA President Phil Boyer said last week at AOPA Expo, "We're in the terminal area, but we're not yet cleared for the approach, and there's convective weather between us and the airport."
Shortly before the Columbus Day recess, the Senate passed an extension to the current FAA funding bill; the House had passed an extension earlier. That means the current aviation taxes, and the FAA's authority to spend money, have been extended until Nov. 16, giving Congress a little breathing room to come up with a new FAA funding bill.
The House has already passed its FAA funding bill, H.R.2881.
The Senate Finance Committee recently approved the tax provisions of the Senate bill (S.1300). It's similar to the House version and much more palatable to general aviation.
However, the $25-per-flight user fee on turbine-powered aircraft remains. The removal of that fee is essential to AOPA and the top priority when S.1300 goes to the floor of the Senate for a vote. But floor action hasn't been scheduled yet.
When the bill does come to the floor, AOPA will be contacting members to ask their senators to vote to remove the user fee - assuming an agreement to remove it cannot be reached.
October 11, 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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