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.
Advocacy and Legislation,
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.