February 26, 2013
By Alyssa J. Miller
New Mexico lawmakers learn about the value of general aviation on Feb. 14 during Aviation Day at the Capitol.
General aviation felt the love on Valentine’s Day from New Mexico lawmakers during Aviation Day at the Capitol. New Mexico House and Senate committees advanced bills Feb. 14 to reinstate funding from the state’s general fund for the aviation trust fund.
Money designated from the general fund for the aviation trust fund stopped June 30, 2012. These bills would not only reinstate the funding but expand what the money could be used for to include “planning, program administration, construction, equipment, materials and maintenance of a system of airports, navigation aids and related facilities.” Previously, the money could only be used for air service development programs and was primarily directed toward commercial-service airports.
AOPA is actively supporting both bills, House Bill 105 and Senate Bill 2, and will work “to ensure the funding is reinstated back into the state’s aviation budget to continue to develop and improve GA airports in the state,” said AOPA Central Southwest Regional Manager Yasmina Platt, who testified in support of HB105 and attended Aviation Day at the Capitol.
Meanwhile, legislators learned more about the value of GA in the state and how it affects mobility, jobs, safety, and tourism and revenue during Aviation Day at the Capitol. Platt represented AOPA with a booth touting the mobility of GA along with other groups including the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division, New Mexico Pilots Association, and Albuquerque International Sunport.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Department of Transportation,
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
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