December 2003


First, Here’s some background information about the FAA reauthorization bill. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, introduced their comprehensive three-year aviation authorization bill that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and set funding levels for the FAA’s major programs, and aviation security costs at airports. Senators Hollings (D-SC), and Rockefeller (D-WV) are co-sponsors.

“I believe this is a critically important bill for the aviation community which is currently facing very difficult times. Our aviation system has been the leader in safety and efficiency and is an essential component of our national transportation infrastructure which is so vital to our commerce and way of life,” McCain said. “The 108th Congress will prove to be critical for our nation’s aviation industry and air passengers.” Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Trent Lott said. “My top aviation policy goal is a full FAA reauthorization money plus policies not just a quick extension of this important agency. That’s why we have decided to call this legislation “AIR-Vision” (Aviation Investment Revitalization Vision). I look forward to working with Chairman McCain to expedite its consideration.”

Secondly, Here’s information about funding Senate Bill 824. The Aviation Investment and Revitalization Vision Act (AIR-Vision) S.824, would: Reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for three years, Strengthen FAA management by creating a committee of outside experts to oversee the operation and modernization of the air traffic control system, Provide $10.5 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to improve capacity and safety at the country’s airports. Authorize $8.9 billion to upgrade the FAA’s air traffic control system. Establish a funding mechanism to pay for security capital costs at airports. Streamline the process for approving and constructing airport capacity projects, and make policy changes to a number of the FAA’s and Department of Transportation’s aviation programs.

Thirdly, Here’s an update Concerning Missouri Legislation. The Missouri Sate Senate is currently not in session. The Senate will convene the Second Regular Session of the 92ND General Assembly on Wednesday, January 7, 2004.

The Missouri House of Representatives is not doing much as well. Nothing more to report at this time 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 what ever State you represent. Because, every group of Pilots 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
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