When the new president takes office in January, among the myriad issues to be addressed will be the concerns of the aviation community. Certain to top the pile are FAA reauthorization, air traffic control modernization and selection of a new FAA Administrator.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
When the new president takes office in January, among the myriad issues he’ll address will be the concerns of the aviation community. Certain to top the list are FAA reauthorization, air traffic control modernization and the selection of a new FAA Administrator.
As the presidential election enters the home stretch, still looming is the thorny question of reauthorizing FAA funding for the next four years and the even thornier question of user fees.
Outgoing AOPA president Phil Boyer has been chosen to receive this year’s NBAA Meritorious Service Award. “Phil is among the most respected, knowledgeable and effective figures in the history of general aviation, and it is an honor for NBAA to pay tribute to him with our association’s highest honor,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
The House and Senate agreed earlier this week to extend FAA programs and current aviation taxes on fuel and airline tickets for another six months, to March 31, and sent the bill to President Bush for his signature. Without an extension, the FAA would lose the authority to collect the taxes and to spend nearly $7.9 billion over the next six months.
With Congress out of town on vacation, FAA reauthorization and the question of user fees remained in limbo.
The FAA has been operating on funding and rogram extensions since Sept. 30, 2007, even though the House passed its version of FAA reauthorization last September 30. A Senate version has never been approved.
Warning that TFRs should be expected for any Presidential and Vice Presidential visits, NBAA is encouraging its members to monitor media reports of planned VIP events to assist in long-range planning.
With the final demolition dust settling over what used to be Meigs Field, the question now becomes, “What would keep this from happening elsewhere in the future?” Last month, crews resumed the destruction of Chicago’s idyllic lakefront airport to the dismay of aviation groups, including Friends of Meigs Field and AOPA, which had led the fight to save the long embattled facility.
The New Jersey State Assembly deferred action on proposed legislation that would require security background checks of flight students. NBAA, AOPA and others argued that the legislation is illegal because it’s preempted by federal authority.
AOPA is worried about an increase in charter and corporate aircraft operations squeezing out smaller general aviation aircraft at New Orleans Lakefront Airport if the FAA accepts a proposal for the Orleans Levee District to lease the airport to American Airports Corp.