April 2005

GREETINGS! First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. President Bush's budget request for fiscal year 2006 is now available. As part of the budget for the Department of Transportation, the Airport Improvement Program is targeted for a $600 million reduction below the authorized level while other programs of importance to airports, including the FAA air traffic control modernization program would suffer cuts as well.

The budget request also includes $14 billion for the FAA to support new infrastructure, hire new air traffic controllers, and deploy technology to enhance aviation capacity and safety. The budget triples funding for the Joint Planning and Development Office.

The Budget in Brief is available at

Secondly, Legislation that would re-open Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to General Aviation aircraft was introduced Wednesday April 6th in the U.S. House. It's not the first bill to make that attempt. But this bill was introduced by the leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and "That's key," according to National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) spokesman Dan Hubbard, Congressmen Don Young (R-Alaska), Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) all signed on to the bill. These sponsors add considerable clout to "a growing chorus of support" for re-opening DCA, NBAA said.

Thirdly, Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) is selected as Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation.

Fourthly, Here's an update concerning Missouri Aviation. The only Airports and Aviation Bills are as follows:
Missouri House of Representatives

93nd General Assembly, 1st Regular Session (2005)

Bills Indexed by Subject

HB 38 --- Sponsor: Jack Jackson
Authorizes an income tax designation to the Airborne Law Enforcement Fund

HB 306 --- Sponsor: Tom Dempsey
Extends the expiration of the aviation jet fuel sales and use tax exemption

SB 169 --- Sponsor: Charles Gross
Renews aviation sales tax until 2010 and technical addition to title section 305.230.

HB 713 --- Sponsor: Nathan Cooper
Extends sunset of transfer of jet fuel tax to the aviation trust fund and increases air control tower funding.

SB 396 --- Sponsor: Jason Crowell
Extends sunset of transfer of jet fuel tax to the aviation trust fund and increases air control tower funding.

SB 498 --- Sponsor: Robert Mayer
Amends sales and use tax exemption for aircraft sales to not-for-profit organizations.

Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as USPA, MPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other State Pilot Associations of which you may be a member, all have a powerful voice, be it here in Missouri, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of pilots and taxpayers carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C., and on the State and Local Level.

So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."



Larry G. Harmon
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