November 1, 2008
By AOPA Communications staff
The FAA reauthorization bills that I supported while chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee contained funding formulas that were designed to ensure that the full financial resources of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund were used to modernize airports and the national airspace system. The bills also included a general fund contribution to the FAA’s budget to pay for agency activities such as providing air traffic control services to the Department of Defense.
General aviation is an important part of our transportation infrastructure, as well as our national economy. As such, I believe there should continue to be a role for general fund dollars in funding the FAA.
Next: Industry observers, think tanks, and some airlines have proposed a variety of management structures for the FAA’s air traffic control system. Do you believe air traffic control is a fundamental government function or should be spun off to the private sector?
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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