MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
July 2012

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The FAA predicts slow going for General Aviation. At the 37th annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference in March, the outlook for general aviation was one of cautious optimism as industry experts predicted only minimal growth within the 20-year forecast window. Overall, FAA expects the GA fleet to increase from 222,520 in 2011 to 253,205 in 2032, growing an average of 0.6% per year. However, the fixed wing piston aircraft market is expected to decline 0.1% in both fleet size and hours flown. Among the factors considered with this outlook are the weakened economy, lack of affordability, and the growing number of older aircraft departing the fleet.

Experimental and sport aircraft fared slightly better in the forecast outlook with fleet growth rates of 1.2% and 2.1% respectively from now until 2032. Hours flown for both categories are also expected to grow 2.6% and 3.5% respectively. Sport pilots, who numbered 4,066 at the end of 2011, are estimated to increase to 13,900 by 2032.

For more details of the annual FAA Forecast, go to
http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/apl/aviation_forecasts/aerospace_forecasts/2012-2032/.

Secondly, NextGen is moving forward. During 2011, the FAA improved airport access for general aviation by continuing to publish Wide Area Augmentation System Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance approaches, bringing the total nationwide to nearly 28,000. A major initiative to streamline departure and arrival traffic at 21 metroplexes is well underway. A metroplex is an urban area encompassing multiple airports, and it can include both commercial and general aviation. More than 300 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast radio stations were operational by the end of 2011, providing coverage to the coastal United States, and along the border with Canada. Look for information on these accomplishments and more, as well as an overview of NextGen planning, in the 2012 update to the NextGen Implementation Plan, available at
http://www.faa.gov/nextgen.

Missouri House of Representatives
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS

HB1431
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

HB1476
Leara, Mike
Zerr, Anne
Establishes the Freight Forwarders Incentive Act to encourage foreign trade through the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

HB1909
Hoskins, Denny
Extends the expiration of the provisions regarding the sales tax exemption on the sale of aviation jet fuel

SB740
Pearce, David
Extends the aviation jet fuel sales and use tax exemption and expands the use of the aviation trust fund

SB769
Kraus, Will
Requires safety marking on certain anemometer towers

SB597
Dempsey (S23) NO TITLE (4509S.02I)
Changes the governance of the St. Louis International Airport

SB740
Pearce, David
Extends the aviation jet fuel sales and use tax exemption and expands the use of the aviation trust fund

SB769
Kraus, Will
Requires safety marking on certain anemometer towers


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

Note: Here's your web site address for Illinois Legislation:
www.illinois.gov.
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."

SAFE FLYING!

Larry G. Harmon
Legislation Chairman
E-mail address: MPALHARMON228@aol.com


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