February 26, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Onerous security regulations, insufficient funding, and encroachment: The challenges to general aviation loom large, and three California legislators are asking their colleagues to call on those on Capitol Hill to protect this vital part of the economy and transportation infrastructure.
California Assemblywomen Connie Conway and Jean Fuller met with AOPA President Craig Fuller in January at a Plane Crazy Saturday event at the Mojave Air and Space Port, and they later met with AOPA California Representative John Pfeifer in Sacramento. On Feb. 17, the two legislators, along with Assemblyman Danny D. Gilmore, introduced a resolution to recognize the vital role of general aviation and ask the U.S. Congress and president to “abstain from legislation and policies that impact this industry’s ability to continue to function effectively.”
“Pilots in the area can count themselves lucky to have representatives in Sacramento who know aviation well and are supportive of GA,” Fuller wrote in his blog after visiting with the assemblywomen.
The resolution would cite GA’s contributions to “the economy, health, safety, and protection of the nation,” and it explains challenges to GA such as urban encroachment, which contributes to “reducing the number and availability of airports throughout California and the United States.” It would ask Congress and the president to abstain from policies that would harm the industry.
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.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>