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September 26, 2008
AOPA is warning the mayor of New York’s Southampton Village that the community can’t enforce a local code dictating the direction from which aircraft must approach the local heliport. In its Sept. 16 letter to the mayor, AOPA notes that only the FAA can regulate airspace, adding that federal authority supersedes any state or local attempts at regulation. In addition, the letter points out that any attempt to enforce the local code is invalid because it amounts to an effort to preempt federal rules. Copies of the letter also were sent to FAA and state transportation officials to make them aware of the situation. The issue was brought to AOPA’s attention by members who received violation tickets from Southampton for failing to use the “appropriate” flight pattern when landing at the village heliport.
FAA Financial and Regulatory
AOPA is asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
Youths ages 13 through 18 who are members of the AOPA AV8RS program can now apply for scholarships to help them achieve their aviation dreams.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.