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.
Military awards and decorations
The so-called “Hoover Law” continues to be ineffective, according to an article in the Winter 2002-2003 Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Newsletter. Legislation enacted in April 2000 gave pilots and operators the option of requesting a hearing before the NTSB within 48 hours of an emergency revocation of their certificates. Such a review was not permitted previously.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush proposed cutting income tax and ending the double taxation of corporate dividends, both actions that would reduce government income.
Congress recessed for 16 days in mid-April and when it returned, the major issues facing both houses were President Bush’s proposal for $726 billion in tax cuts, defense spending and Congressional “pork.”
After investigating an allegation that the FAA destroyed an audiotape of six New York Center controllers’ accounts of the 9/11 attacks, Transportation inspector general Kenneth Mead said he found no indication that the FAA intentionally withheld information.
The so-called “Hoover Law” continues to be totally ineffective, according to the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association (LPBA). Legislation enacted in April last year gives pilots and operators the option of requesting a hearing before the NTSB within 48 hr of an emergency revocation of their certificate. Such a review was not permitted previously. If the NTSB decides the revocation was not justified, the certificate is reinstated.
• Congressional debates on war funding consumed much of lawmakers’ time and much national media attention. The House passed the $504 billion National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 397-27. The bill included $141.8 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for Fiscal Year 2008. It now moves to the Senate.
MedAire, the Phoenix-based company that provides medical training and emergency medical assistance, is the newest supplier to join Jet Fleet International (JFI). Under the arrangement, MedAire will offer discounts to business aviation members of JFI.
“We’re one of the best-kept secrets in the Southampton area,” said New York Jet corporate services manager Lindsay Durand. Founded as Mid Island Air Service in 1946 by World War II veteran Louis Mancuso, New York Jet began servicing corporate aircraft in 1987 at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip, N.Y. “Commitment to excellence is the backbone of New York Jet’s success,” said Durand.
Congratulations to “the Henry Ford of helicopters,” Frank Robinson, who was presented with the Howard Hughes Memorial Award at a reception in Los Angeles recently. The 26th recipient of the award–a solid silver medal cast from ore extracted from Hughes’s Nevada mines–joins luminaries such as Jack Northrop, Jimmy Doolittle and Chuck Yeager on the list of honorees.