First, Here’s an update from Washington, D.C. DOT Inspector General Kenneth Mead projects that the Aviation Trust Fund will have $3 billion less in 2005 than originally predicted in 2001, FAA expected the fund to have $14.5 billion in 2005.
Secondly, FAA publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing to modify FAR Part 158 to streamline the PFC application process and to create a pilot program for non-hub airports; comment deadline is August 9, 2005.
Thirdly, U.S. House Appropriations Committee approves its version of the $32 billion 2005 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security, with $269 million targeted for EDS installations. Bill also calls on TSA to pay airports for space the agency uses that is outside necessary security checkpoints.
Fourthly, The Transportation Security Administration announces agreements with its partners for the Registered Traveler program. TSA will be launching the experiment in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with Northwest Airlines in June. Checkpoint operations are scheduled to begin in early July.
The program will be implemented at Los Angeles International Airport in late July, in coordination with United Airlines, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston) with Continental Airlines in early August. By the end of August, TSA plans to have the program active at Boston Logan International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports, both in concert with American Airlines.
Air Carriers will seek participants in the program from frequent flyers that travel at least once a week in selected markets. Volunteers will provide to TSA information including name, address, phone, and date of birth, along with a biometric imprint including finger and iris. TSA will then perform a security assessment of each volunteer that will include analysis of law enforcement and intelligence data sources and a check of outstanding criminal warrants.
Once the program is operational at their home airports, volunteers will proceed to a Registered Traveler lane to provide their biometrics at the checkpoint. This will confirm their valid registrations and allow them to proceed to primary screening, while secondary screening will be largely eliminated; www.tsa.gov.
Fifthly, Here’s an update Concerning Missouri Aviation. The only Airports and Aviation Bills are as follows:
Missouri House of Representatives
92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2004)
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS
Changes governance of the St. Louis International Airport.
Revises the crime of unlawful use of weapons by making it a class B misdemeanor to, with criminal negligence, carry a firearm or other weapon into certain areas of an airport.
Requests the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Public Service Commission, to study the problems associated with telecommunications towers located in close proximity to airports.
Classifies noncommercial hangars as within the residential property class.
Urges the Secretary of Transportation to grant approval to the application of Primaris Airlines to operate a twice-daily service between Washington, D.C. and St. Louis.
Last Updated September 9, 2004 at 9:20 am _
Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as USPA, MPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other 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!
Larry G. Harmon
E-mail address: MPALHARMON228@aol.com
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