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July 12, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
An AOPA-supported bill requiring that anemometer towers more than 50 feet high be marked so that they are visible to pilots has been signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
The requirement applies to anemometer towers 50 feet high or higher located outside the boundaries of any municipality, and was among three aviation-related bills Nixon signed July 10.
Anemometer towers are used to test the wind potential of sites for the construction of wind turbine generators. Owners of anemometer towers in place as of Aug. 28, 2012, will have until Jan. 1, 2014, to comply with the requirements.
AOPA has actively supported anemometer tower safety legislation throughout the legislative process, and had designated the measure a priority for passage in 2012. The towers can be a safety hazard for pilots, especially for aircraft conducting agricultural, medical transport, and other low-level flight operations.
AOPA worked for passage in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri State Aviation Council, and the Missouri Airport Managers Association.
Other bills signed by Nixon change provisions for placing a lien on an aircraft by extending the time from 30 days to 180 days in which someone who had performed labor on aircraft parts or equipment may file a lien, and extend a sales-and-use-tax exemption on aviation jet fuel sales from Dec. 31, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2023.
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Wildfires were burning homes and triggering evacuations in eastern and central Washington state as officials responded with firefighting efforts staged from three state-run airports.
The committee for Santa Monicans For Open and Honest Development Decisions has received notification that a ballot measure on land use changes at Santa Monica Municipal Airport has officially qualified for the November 2014 ballot.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told AOPA President Mark Baker that rulemaking prompted by a request to expand the driver’s license medical standard should be released for public comment soon during a visit to AOPA headquarters July 17.
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