MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
October 2005

GREETINGS! First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives passes its version of the DOT/FAA (H.R.3058) spending bill, maintaining $3.6 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The Bill eliminates some $20 million in funding for the Small Community Air Service Development Program and $10 million for the Airport Cooperative Research Program. This Bill now moves to the Senate.

Secondly, The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports a 31.6 percent jump in General Aviation billings in the first half 2005; expects industry to deliver some 3,000 aircraft this year.

Thirdly, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President Jim Coyne is as much as anyone responsible for the reopening of Reagan National (DCA) to general aviation, if for no other reason than his tenacity on this issue. That said, he too was a bit surprised at the severity of the guidelines recently announced, although he expresses optimism that the time will smooth out the rough spots.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announcement reads, "DHS Implements Stringent Security Plan" for opening DCA to General Aviation.
If not stringent, then at best complex. A few complexities are as follows:
" A law enforcement officer must be on board.
" Under Orange or Red threat levels, all General Aviation operations cease; and
" Incoming General Aviation aircraft must be arriving from one of 14 "gateway" airports, where final screening will occur prior to departing for DCA.
" Word is, official at Signature Flight Support the FBO at DCA aren't expecting a flurry of General Aviation activity following implementation of the procedures, which occurs 90 days after the final rule comes out.

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

93nd General Assembly, 1st Regular Session (2005)

Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS


HB 38 --- Sponsor: Jack Jackson
Authorizes an income tax designation to the Airborne Law Enforcement Fund

HB 306 --- Sponsor: Tom Dempsey
Extends the expiration of the aviation jet fuel sales and use tax exemption

SB 169 --- Sponsor: Charles Gross
Renews aviation sales tax until 2010 and technical addition to title section 305.230.

HB 713 --- Sponsor: Nathan Cooper
Extends sunset of transfer of jet fuel tax to the aviation trust fund and increases air control tower funding.

SB 396 --- Sponsor: Jason Crowell
Extends sunset of transfer of jet fuel tax to the aviation trust fund and increases air control tower funding.

SB 498 --- Sponsor: Robert Mayer
Amends sales and use tax exemption for aircraft sales to not-for-profit organizations.

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.

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!

SAFE FLYING!

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


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