New York background check bill A2122 is scheduled to be presented to Gov. George Pataki today, but he is not expected to make a decision on the bill until next week. AOPA has met with top advisors to the governor to educate them on the crippling effect this bill would have on GA. A2122 would require prospective pilots to get a background check, get fingerprinted, and be approved for flight training before taking a single lesson. "This burdensome measure would discourage GA enthusiasts from even beginning flight training," said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs, who just returned from another trip to New York to meet with Pataki's staff. "Plus it duplicates and is inconsistent with federal law that has jurisdiction over aviation. That's why we have worked so hard to have Gov. Pataki veto the bill." A few weeks ago, AOPA President Phil Boyer asked New York AOPA members to contact the governor's office, requesting that he veto the bill. The response has been tremendous.
August 4, 2006