Apr. 14, 2004 - With only a week left in the public comment period for the FAA's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to change the charity/sightseeing rules, AOPA has released a video making a strong case against the proposal and demonstrating the need for the agency to talk directly to pilots.
"If they had, they would have heard stories like the one Harry and Loree Hirschman of Golden Gate Biplane Adventures tell," said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Andy Cebula. "The Hirschmans rely on their single aircraft sightseeing operation to support their family. They told their story to AOPA, and we've been telling it to Congress to illustrate the problems with this proposed rule."
[ See the Hirschmans tell their own story (broadband connection recommended).]
It's not too late to comment on the FAA proposal. The comment period closes on Monday, April 19, 2004. To file comments online, click on "Comment/Submission," and enter docket number FAA-1998-4521.