February 2006

GREETINGS! First, Here's an Update from Washington, D.C. A proposal under discussion in the Bush White House would allow the FAA to issue bonds that it would pay back by charging user fees. Administration officials have been consulting Wall Street investment banks for advice on how to proceed with the bond sales, the Wall Street Journal said. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal took another look at the aviation world, with an editorial supporting privatization of the air traffic control system. The editorial criticized the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) for its "excessive demands." FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's proposals are modest and reasonable, the editorial says, while NATCA, funded with union dues from taxpayer-financed salaries, is lobbying Congress to take away the FAA's right to impose a contract if the talks stall. NATCA President John Carr was quick to respond, calling the editorial a "highly polished piece of pandering" in his blog on last Tuesday.

Secondly, The U.S. Department of Transportation targets three Mississippi airports to receive some $7.2 million in federal funds to repair terminal buildings, hangars, airfield equipment, and other facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina: Gulfport-Biloxi International, Stennis International in Bay St. Louis, and Dean Griffin Memorial in Wiggins.

Thirdly, Here's an update concerning Missouri Aviation. The only Airport and Aviation Bills are as follows:

Missouri House of Representatives

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

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

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."



Larry G. Harmon
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