Congress last week passed a far-reaching security bill that deals with both cargo and general aviation security, among other things. The bill, “Improving America’s Security Act of 2007,” marks a major change in how cargo will be screened.
The House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees appropriations in the lower chamber, heard from a number of players in the user-fee debate yesterday, bringing the FAA funding battle that much closer to resolution. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and ranking member Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) both spoke. Rep.
The two buildings that house the offices of the FAA in Washington have been named after the Wright brothers. The structures are situated along Independence Avenue, separated from each other by 7th Street.
• Congress recessed for about a week to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and returned to face a full plate of pending legislation before recessing again from July 26 through early next month. As of June 25, the bill count in the House of Representatives rose to 4,753 and, in the Senate, to 2,606, which certainly gave legislators plenty to debate.
New York state legislators are moving forward on a bill that would impose burdensome restrictions for aircraft owners and operators at general aviation airports throughout the state.
NBAA, the New York Aviation Management Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association have lobbied the New York state legislature to review aviation taxing procedures, with an eye toward eliminating the current tax on fuel and services. New legislation has been proposed, known as the New York Senate Aviation Industry Tax Cuts Proposal. The new rule would eliminate the business tax on all jet fuel and 100LL effective next year.
NBAA today unveiled some long-anticipated potential changes to GA security. New security measures could include required government approval for all flights on a flight-by-flight basis and freedom for the federal government to access internal documents and implement and modify operators’ security procedures.
According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the house subcommittee on aviation, sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acting Administrator David Stone.
The House aviation subcommittee plans to hold a hearing at the behest of Rep. William Lipinski (D-Ill.) to address the congressman’s grievances over Independence Air’s peak-hour slots at Chicago O’Hare Airport. In a letter to subcommittee chairman Rep.
• The Senate by a vote of 53-46 rejected new laws pertaining to immigration. The vote, which pundits consider a crushing defeat for President Bush, fell 14 votes shy of the 60 needed to limit debate and establish an up-or-down vote. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had no choice but to pull the bill for the second time in a month.