Congress took its own spring break, leaving March 21 to 23 and returning the second week of last month. By March 23 the box score on bills submitted was 2,073 in the Senate and 4,081 in the House.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have expressed support for the “General Aviation Industry Reparations Act of 2001,” which will provide $2.5 billion in grant funding and $3 billion in loan guarantees for aviation businesses.
In recent weeks, Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) all sent letters to DOT Secretary Norman Mineta encouraging the agency and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to recognize the unique characteristics of the on-demand air-taxi industry as both agencies initiate new aviation security requirements.
Supporters of federal government reparations for general aviation small businesses have vowed to continue their fight to compensate those companies victimized by the events of last September.
The 108th Congress opened for business the first week in January with a few changes of note. The racial gaffe committed by Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) during the departure ceremonies for Sen. Strom Thurmond forced him out as the Senate Majority Leader.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and former airline pilot Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) have re-introduced legislation to increase the mandatory retirement age of Part 121 airline pilots from 60 to 65. The two men believe the current regulation is outdated and changing it would save jobs and retain experienced pilots.
Since its Web site opened for aircraft registrations on March 1, the new International Registry of Mobile Assets, more commonly referred to as the Cape Town Treaty, has found few supporters within the business aviation community. Now Sen.
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