November 3, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
The Nov. 2 elections dramatically changed the dynamic of Congress, bringing new challenges and opportunities for general aviation.
The Republican Party gained 60 seats in the House in this historic election, and it now controls the majority in the House of Representatives. While the Senate still has a Democratic majority, its numbers also shifted, which will impact its ability to control Senate deliberations.
"General aviation had made significant strides with the current Congress, including the House and Senate General Aviation Caucuses, which continued to grow throughout the year as senators and representatives reached out to their colleagues to educate them on the vital role GA plays in our national aviation infrastructure and the economy," said Lorraine Howerton, AOPA vice president of legislative affairs. “With the new Congress, AOPA will work to ensure the legislators and their staffs understand the issues important to GA.”
AOPA President Craig Fuller will discuss the change in Congress with Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich), Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) on AOPA Live at 2:10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time during AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif. Follow the discussion at the AOPA Live stage in person at the Long Beach Convention Center, or log in online for a live stream of the interview.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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