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.
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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.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) said its efforts to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to on-demand air charter flights are beginning to show signs of success.
A new online training program designed to help pilots navigate safely and legally through the ever-shifting airspace regulatory maze has been introduced by AOPA’s Air Safety Foundation. Know Before You Go, Navigating Today’s Airspace is a free, interactive program that delves into how to get and interpret information on TFRs, ADIZs, FRZs and Special FAR 94 around Washington, D.C.
The FAA today issued an InFO (information for operators) that specifies the extended duration of first- and third-class medicals for pilots under age 40. Effective today, the agency will extend the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months (five years) and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40.