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News from around the Central Southwest regionNews from around the Central Southwest region

AOPA is working for pilots across the country, including the Central Southwest region.

Key bills designed to prevent hospitals from having to erect fences around helicopter landing sites have been signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. A third bill was awaiting his signature. Instead of requiring fencing, which could pose a hazard to aircraft, the bills require that hospital helicopter landing sites are free of obstructions and safe for use by helicopters during approach, while on the ground, and during takeoff and landing. Also in Missouri, Regional Manager Yasmina Platt is working to educate pilots about their options when it comes to property taxes on aircraft. Legislation designed to modify the definition of “antique aircraft” for tax purposes did not pass before the legislature adjourned earlier this year. The New Mexico True Trail—Route 66 has been published, giving pilots a recommended route, complete with stops and activities, along the famous scenic byway as it travels across New Mexico. Platt worked with state airport officials and local pilots to help develop the “scenic flyway.” And pilots flying in Nebraska should soon have a Nebraska Air Trail of their own to follow. The trail will highlight activities, airports, and attractions as it guides pilots on a scenic flight through the state. 

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