August 2012

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. Acting FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said the agency is focused on accelerating the arrival of NexGen benefits for both commercial and general aviation users, and called on pilots to renew their commitment to safety at a forum hosted by EAA at AirVenture July 26, 2012.

Huerta fielding questions from an audience dozens of pilots and other attendees of the massive airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, said that increasing the efficiency of aircraft certification and other agency functions will be achieved with the renewed focus on communication, though he acknowledged that change in an organization with 48,000 employees will take time.

Huerta said NexGen, the upgrade of the National Airspace System to one based on high-precision satellites instead of ground-based navaids, has many benefits, including an increase in safety. Huerta said that aircraft equipped with ADS-B capabilities are involved in fewer accidents, with a 47 percent in the accident rate documented by FAA analysis.
That's huge, Huerta said.

As more metropolitan areas become equipped with the ground stations needed to facilitate ADS-B capabilities, both airline and General Aviation aircraft will see fewer conflicts, Huerta said.
The big benefit for General Aviation is, it enables us to de-conflict airplanes, Huerta said.

Huerta fielded a question about the recent White House push to implement $100-per-flight user fees for turbine aircraft using ATC services, a move that Congress has rejected so far. Huerta said President Barack Obama is trying to start conversation about how can we reduce the reliance on the general fund.

FAA operations are largely funded with proceeds from a tax on aviation fuel, a policy that AOPA, and other organizations have long maintained is the most equitable.
Huerta faced though questions from Senators during confirmation hearings in June, and there has been no word yet on when a vote will be taken on his nomination.

Secondly, New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants tougher regulations to prevent pilots from seeing red and particularly green lasers in the cockpit. The Democrat says he's written government regulators asking them to tighten up regulations on the sale of laser devices, which are sold primarily as pointers for people making presentations, usually indoors. There have been thousands of cases in which pilots have been intentionally targeted from the ground and Schumer said that in one incident earlier this year in Syracuse a Jet Blue pilot suffered "minor" eye damage. "Some people are using this technology recklessly, "the New York Democrat said Sunday. "Some who have far more evil intent may decide to use them as well."
It's already a federal offense to point a laser of any kind at an airplane.

Thirdly, the only Airport and Aircraft Bills are as follows:

Missouri House of Representatives
Bills Indexed by Subject

Hoskins, Denny Kelly, Chris
Extends the expiration of the provisions regarding the exemption on the sale of aviation jet fuel from any state and local sales and use tax

Leara, Mike
Zerr, Anne
Establishes the Freight Forwarders Incentive Act to encourage foreign trade through the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Richardson, Todd
Changes the law regarding taxes

Hoskins, Denny
Extends the expiration of the provisions regarding the sales tax exemption on the sale of aviation jet fuel

Crowell, Jason
Subjects all state tax credits to appropriation

Cunningham, Jane
Modifies provisions relating to school operations

Dixon, Bob
Extends the sunset on the Children in Crisis Tax Credit program

Note: Here's your web site address for Texas Legislation:
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

Note: Here's your web site address for Illinois Legislation:
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

All other states should follow this same format, to search your specific state's aviation and airport bills.

Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations of which you may be a member, we have a powerful voice, in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of taxpayers and pilots carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C., as well as at the state and local level.
We need to learn how to use our voices, and speak up for general aviation.

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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