September 12, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Proclamations recognizing the role general aviation plays to support the health, safety, and prosperity of the community at large have been issued by governors in Oklahoma and New Mexico, where a month of celebratory aviation activities were in progress as part of the state’s centennial observance.
In Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin declared August 2012 the state’s Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month, issuing a proclamation noting the $1.2 billion impact of general aviation on the economy of the state, with 8,000 pilots and 11,000 aircraft operating from 139 public-use airports.
Throughout September, celebrations in New Mexico have marked a Centennial Aviation Celebration with fly-ins, airshows, and a weekend air tour.
A proclamation issued by Gov. Susana Martinez credited aviation with supporting 48,795 jobs and cited the role general aviation airports play in supporting firefighting responses. Martinez’s proclamation also noted that visitors to New Mexico who arrive in general aviation aircraft spend $61 million, providing economic support to many local communities.
Yasmina Platt, AOPA central southwest regional manager, expressed her appreciation for the governors’ actions. Platt is scheduled to participate in New Mexico’s celebratory events by attending the New Mexico Aviation Conference in Ruidoso Sept. 19 to 21, where she will teach a safety seminar on Sept. 21 and will also attend the Ruidoso Airport Open House the following day.
Platt is also a scheduled speaker at the New Mexico Centennial Aviation Celebration opening ceremony in Santa Fe on Sept. 28.
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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