February 10, 2009
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The Senate on Feb. 10 passed its version of an economic stimulus bill. The $838 billion package includes an additional $1.1 billion for airports. This contrasts with the House bill, which would add $3 billion more to Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.
“Investing in aviation infrastructure will put people to work, help local communities, and encourage more economic investment,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller.
The two bills now go to a conference committee to work out the differences. While President Barack Obama wants to sign an economic stimulus bill on President’s Day, some members of Congress predict it won’t be ready until later next week.
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
Mavericks aerobatic team members are a highly seasoned group of pilots who prove age is no obstacle to flying with the utmost precision. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, legislation that would expand medical reform to include IFR. Also this week, join us for an AOPA-hosted event that teaches kids about aviation and animal rescue.
The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.
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