December 2004

GREETINGS! First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey was at a Flight Service Station in Mississippi last week, to talk with the staff about the current bidding process that could change federal employees to contract workers. "It's going to be a challenging time," Blakey told the Greenwood, Mississippi Commonwealth." "We don't know whether it is something that ultimately will be staffed by federal specialists or contract. That decision will be made in a couple of months," Blakey said. Bidders for the contract include the agencies own employees in partnership with Harris Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. The FAA wants the bidder to cut costs by at least 22 percent from the current $502 million annual tab.

Secondly, President Bush signs legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security and related programs for the current fiscal year, at a level of $32 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion from the previous year. Included in the legislation is $5.7 billion for the TSA, as well report language directing DHS to issue a report to Congress on the feasibility of re-opening DCA and the three surrounding general aviation airports to charter and General Aviation traffic. The conference report accompanying H.R. 4567 includes: EDS installation funding; federal match for LOIs at large and medium hub airports; formula requirements for EDS installation funds; reimbursement; and TSA use of space in airports.

Thirdly, FAA announces a reservation system designed to restrict the number of aircraft that can arrive at O'Hare International Airport between November 1 and April 30. The plan limits unscheduled arrivals to four per hour between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
o The Agency also proposes to fine the city of Chicago $33,000 (the maximum allowed by law) for the illegal destruction of Meigs Field. FAA also begins an investigation into possible diversion of some $1.5 million in federal airport funds that the city may have used to pay contractors to rip up the runway.
o FAA denies the petition by the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority to amend the revenue use policy to permit the authority to use airport funds to subsidize new air carrier service; ( 69 Federal Register 61544).
o The agency makes available final guidance documents on its new program, the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program;

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

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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