December 6, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Who is general aviation, and what does GA do in Texas?
There are many examples to point to. But if you want to see a wide cross-section of the length, breadth, economic impact, and community support that GA can offer, surveying the Lone Star State’s GA activity is a good way to start.
By offering flight training at the local airport, helping to protect farmers’ crops, and closing the deal for major companies who want to relocate to the state, aviation facilities and services in Texas keep scoring bull’s-eyes. And it is happening across a sprawling air transportation network that includes almost 400 general aviation airports and more than 31,000 registered aircraft that generate economic activity—direct and indirect—of $14.6 billion, according to a state study.
In official recognition of general aviation’s wide and critical reach, Texas is one of the states and national aviation organizations that observed November 2012 as Aviation Appreciation Month, as heralded by a proclamation from Gov. Rick Perry.
Aviation represents “a critical component of our economy and our way of life,” Perry declared, calling on Texas residents to learn more about aviation’s role, and recognize the contributions of the industry’s hardworking participants.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
A survey of flying doctors found that 80 percent favor third class medical reform.
AOPA has asked the mayor of Chesapeake City, Maryland, to reconsider a proposed ban on overflights below 400 feet agl that would impact helicopter operations.
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