NBAA and AOPA late last week sent a joint letter to the TSA asking the agency to double the 60-day comment window for the Large Aircraft Security Program proposal, which would cover all Part 91 operators flying aircraft with an mtow exceeding 12,500 pounds.
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.
Several U.S. operators of business aircraft report that they have received invoices this week from NavCanada for a retroactive 5-percent goods and services tax (GST) on air navigation service charges. The Canadian Revenue Authority (CRA) has assessed the tax to NavCanada, which is attempting to recover payments from aircraft operators who have flown in its airspace in the last five years, the length of the statute of limitations.
While the airline and general aviation groups couldn’t be farther apart on the issue of aviation user fees, they seem to have found common ground on fuel prices. As fuel costs continue to climb, NBAA and AOPA recently joined an airline-industry-founded coalition focused on finding ways to reduce fuel prices.
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.
Phil Boyer, the former broadcast executive who guided AOPA through some of its most turbulent times, announced yesterday that he will step down as AOPA president at the end of this year. He will be succeeded by Craig Fuller, a former White House aide under two presidents and currently executive v-p at the international lobbying shop APCO Worldwide.
When he left his vice president slot at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) earlier this year to become senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Andrew Cebula had to change his point of view along with the alphabet initials on his business card.
With the FAA asking for help in protecting the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has joined with AOPA to develop a nationwide aviation watch system to report suspicious activity.
“Congestion pricing should be the FAA’s last resort, not its first,” noted AOPA president Phil Boyer.
The FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC) should have more representation from general aviation, AOPA told Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta early last month. The MAC counsels FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and senior agency leadership on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters.
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