MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
November 2001

GREETINGS! First, Here is more important National News from Washington, DC. "Changes To Airspace Still Pending". Representatives from the FAA met last Wednesday with officials from the new Homeland Defense Department, and other government security officials to consider how to address the expiration of the recent notam on nuclear facilities. The FAA is being pressed to either restrict airspace access or have procedures in place to identify suspect operations that provide for an appropriate response capability against attempts to use an aircraft in an attack against a nuclear site. Discussions are also resuming on the possibility of easing the current restrictions in enhanced Class B airspace that affect "specialty operations".

Secondly, " Airspace Waivers Available To Pilots ". General Aviation operators may petition for a waiver from recent emergency air traffic rules that restrict operations. Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis for relief from FDC notams 01/0613, 01/0617, and 01/0628. These notams establish emergency rules for IFR and VFR operations-including enhanced Class B airspace specialty operations-and international arrivals and departures. The FAA requires seven working days notice for waiver consideration. The waiver request form must be filled out completely. Operators should fax the completed form to the FAA at (202) 267-5456. AOPA has learned that the FAA is processing an average of 50 waiver requests a day. More than 1,000 waivers have been granted. AOPA President Phil Boyer said, "That while it is helpful to allow waivers in unique circumstances, "Reopening of the airspace for all general aviation operations to be the goal of the association." To download the form, see
http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/newsitems/2001/011106waiver.pdf

Now, in Conclusion, You might ask, What can I do as a Pilot? You need to belong to most of the Aviation Groups, such as AOPA, EAA, MPA, MoSAC, USPA, and various other Groups. Because your voice makes a difference for General Aviation.

Now, Here's an update from Jefferson City, I have been in Contact with Representative Denny Merideth, concerning the " Missouri Airport Protection Act." What MPA can do to help this next session of the Missouri House of Representatives, and Missouri Senate. We have a task and job to do, that's to protect our Flying Rights and Privileges as General Aviation Pilots.

This is what we, as Pilots need to accomplish, if we want to maintain our Flying Rights, and Freedom in the United States of America.

I Trust We Can Count On You!

Let's all continue to work together, so we can make a difference for General Aviation in Missouri.

Until Next Time!

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

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