MPA ANNUAL LEGISLATION REPORT
First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. Congress appears determined to pass an aviation reauthorization
bill. The U.S. Senate is looking at $10.5 billion for the Airport Improvement Program under a three-year bill.
Other key components: streamlining the Proposed changes for passenger facility charges (PFC) extending the Small
Community Air Service Development Program for three years, funded at $27.5 million per year; preventing DOT or
the Department of Homeland Security from requiring rent-free space at airports; and, establishing the Aviation
Security Capital Fund, to help cover security costs at airports.
In the House, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in late May passed its aviation reauthorization bill (H.R. 2115). Some significant components: guaranteeing a third-party appeals process for pilots facing certificate revocation because they are deemed a security risk; a "Meigs Field legacy provision," which would establish a $10,000/day fine for failing to give 30 days notice before closing an airport listed in the NPIAS; and, an amendment that requires FAA to justify within 30 days the Washington, D.C. Air Defense Identification Zone, which limits aviation activity around the city.
Secondly, The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin issuing new, security-enhanced airman certificates to the nation's 650,000 active pilots. FAA Marion C. Blakey unveiled the new certificates before hundreds of aviation enthusiasts at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture.
The new credit card-sized certificates are made from high-quality composite PVC media card stock and incorporate new security features, such as a hologram of the FAA seal. They will replace the existing paper airman certificates, which can easily damaged.
"The new certificate's durability and features will further protect pilot identities and add one more element of security to our aviation system," said Blakey. The certificate will be issued to all new and existing airmen as they achieve higher levels or additional ratings. It will replace certificates that have been lost or damaged.
In keeping with this year's Centennial of Flight celebration, the new certificate features graphics of the Wright Brothers, 1902 Wright Glider, 1903 Wright Flyer, Boeing Jet Aircraft, DOT seal, and a hologram of the FAA seal. Images of the Wright Brothers were provided by the Wright Family Fund. The new certificate was designed by the FAA's Civil Aviation Registry, part of the agency's Flight Standards Service. The Registry issues approximately 246,000 airman and 70,000 aircraft certificates annually.
Thirdly, Here's an update Concerning Missouri Legislation. The only Aircraft and Aviation Bills in the Missouri House of Representatives is as follows:
1. HB 275 Sponsor: Denny J. Merideth, CoSponsor: Danielle Moore. Establishes the Missouri Airport Protection Act.
2. HB 476 Sponsor: Tom Dempsey, CoSponsor: Joe Smith. Regulate aviation noise generated near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
3. SB 564 Sponsor: Charles Gross. Changes governance of the St.Louis International Airport.
Last updated August 9, 2003.
Nothing more to report concerning Missouri Legislation.
Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as MPA, USPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other State Pilot Associations you may be a Member of, we all have a powerful voice, be it here in Missouri, or whatever State you live in. Because we carry a strong voice to Washington, D.C. So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."
Until Next Time!
Larry G. Harmon
E-mail address: MPALHARMON@sbcglobal.net
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