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April 24, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Even though the Texas legislature won’t be in session until 2009, AOPA is wasting no time talking to legislators to get a bill passed next year that would allow the state, counties, and cities to create airport authorities to manage airports. AOPA had tried to get the bill passed in 2007.
After attending the Texas Aviation Conference in Austin last week, AOPA Manager of State Legislative Affairs Joey Colleran and AOPA Southwest Regional Representative Shelly Lesikar deZevallos dropped by the office of every member on the state’s House and Senate Transportation committees.
“We made inroads with those on the Transportation committees during the 2007 session and want to maintain those relationships, and when the time comes next year, we will be calling on members to contact their legislators and help get this bill passed,” said deZevallos.
AOPA staff also met Rep. Jim Jackson, who had sponsored a bill last year that would have set unlimited access fees at Addison Airport. AOPA successfully defeated the bill but met with Jackson to update him on the airport’s progress. The town is working out its problems with the airport without pursuing access fees through state legislation.
April 24, 2008
AOPA VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION REQUIRING FAA TO REVISE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg has challenged AOPA President Mark Baker to a dogfight. The battle? To see who can bring in the most "Hat in the Ring Society" donors before the end of the year to support aviation safety, promote community airports, and encourage more people to fly.
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.