December 2006

GREETINGS! First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration proposes to retain the current reservation system and the limit of six nonscheduled operations per hour as part of a larger proposal that would create a new slot system designed to limit the use of smaller scheduled jets at LaGuardia International. LGA is currently operating under a slot system through the High-Density Rule, slated to expire January 1, 2007.

Secondly, Reveal Imaging Technologies of Bedford, MA reports that (TSA) Transportation Security Administration has certified its CT-80 explosives detection system for use in U.S. Airports. The CT-80 uses Computed Tomography technology to shrink the size, weight, and cost of the system. Reveal says TSA has placed a $24 million order for the CT-80s, with the first installation recently completed at Jackson Hole (WY) Airport.
Thirdly, (TSA) Transportation Security Administration is considering a shift of $20 million from the "puffer" machines to fund improvements in X-ray technology. After the upgrades, the X-ray machines would be able to take multiple images of the contents of carry-on-bags.

Fourthly, TSA, also delays security requirements, criminal background checks, and threat assessments for tens of thousands of workers who handle passenger airplane cargo, saying the aviation industry is unable to meet previous deadlines. The conclusion was based on more than 4,500 comments from industry in response to it final rule regulating cargo, according to the (TSA) Transportation Security Administration.

Fifthly, Here's and Update Concerning Missouri Aviation. The only Airports and Aviation Bills are as follows:

Missouri House of Representatives
93rd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2006)
Bills Indexed by Subject

HB 1398 --- Sponsor: Pearce, David
Changes the laws regarding military facilities and personnel

HB 1529
--- Sponsor: Storch, Rachel
Requires statewide elected officials and the General Assembly to report any use of a private plane, the cost of the flight, and the passengers aboard the flight within 72 hours after the flight

HB 2005 --- Sponsor: Aull, Joe
Specifies the purposes for which the Civil Air Patrol may be used and clarifies the employment status of air patrol members and the sources of funding for various missions

SB 767
--- Sponsor: Graham, Chuck
Requires Office of Administration and Highway Patrol to oversee use of state aircraft and places restrictions on certain state officers with respect to use of state aircraft.

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.

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."

UNTIL NEXT TIME! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Larry G. Harmon
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