November 11, 2009
Apr. 16, 2004 - The FAA on Friday finally agreed to hold public meetings to hear directly from pilots who will be hurt by a proposed charity/sightseeing rule and will extend the formal comment period on the rule. The agency granted AOPA's petition five months after it was filed on November 12, 2003.
The meetings will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 11 and in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 21.
"This is an important step for the general aviation community," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "It allows us to respond to the threat the proposed rule poses to hundreds of small businesses."
More than a dozen members of Congress and numerous other aviation organizations had also written to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, urging the agency to hold public meetings. The House aviation subcommittee was looking into the matter, and the chairman of a House small business subcommittee had announced his intentions to hold a hearing on the rule.
The Washington meeting will be held in the shadow of the Capitol, at the Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. AOPA is already scheduled to testify at this meeting.
The Las Vegas meeting will be held in the commission chamber at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89155.
The new deadline for filing formal comments is June 18. Anyone wishing to add to the official comments may do so online by clicking on "Comments/Submissions" and entering docket number FAA-1998-4521.
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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