December 4, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Against the backdrop of an official declaration that the U.S economy has been in recession since 2007, state and local officials are calling on Congress and President–elect Barack Obama for an economic stimulus plan that includes extensive infrastructure investment. AOPA is making the case that aviation should not be forgotten in this effort.
“General aviation is vital to this nation’s economic prosperity. That’s the message we have been delivering to President-elect Barack Obama’s transportation transition team and congressional leaders,” explained AOPA incoming President Craig Fuller. “The competition to be in the stimulus package is fierce, but our goal is to include investments that help general aviation.”
Local leaders, including the National League of Cities (NLC), are calling for an economic stimulus package that will use aviation and other transportation projects to create jobs and shore up infrastructure. Obama has said he wants a stimulus package in place, ready for him to sign, when he takes office Jan. 20.
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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