MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
GREETINGS! First, Here's some information from Washington, D.C. The Transportation Security Administration
(TSA), in its long-awaited guidelines for enhancing security at general aviation airports, reaffirmed that it does
not consider general aviation aircraft and airports to be a threat, in and of themselves. The guidelines are intended
to offer a consistent set of best practices that provide a level of security appropriate to each airport's situation.
"Now that the federal guidelines are out, we need to make sure decisions by state and local authorities reflect the guidelines and are appropriate to each GA airport's individual situation." Said AOPA Senior Advisor Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Andy Cebula.
The TSA guidelines state several times that they are not regulatory. However, we should be concerned about how the guidelines might be interpreted and implemented locally. Specifically, there are two appendices that assess security characteristics of airports and offer suggestions for security enhancements.
The guidelines themselves note, "Airport owners and operators should rely on their on experience and intimate knowledge of their facility, applying those items that are both reasonable and effective."
Secondly, FAA forms the Joint Planning and Development Office, made up of a team of Executive Branch officials, to develop a vision statement for the U.S. Air Transportation System to meet traffic demand in 2025.
In other news, FAA agrees to hold two regional public hearings in Washington and Las Vegas, on its National Air Tour Safety Standards Proposal.
Thirdly, In the current security environment, pilots who hope to retain their certificates know enough to check Notams for TFRs and other critical data, even if they don't get the line-by-line weather briefing. But occasionally, even a diligent effort to check Notams won't be enough. The system is simply too haphazard and difficult to decode. Even ATC drops the ball from time to time.
Fourthly, Here's an update Concerning Missouri Aviation. The only Airports and Aviation Bills are as follows:
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS
--- Sponsor: Dempsey, Tom --- CoSponsor: Spreng, Michael
Changes governance of the St. Louis International Airport.
HB 1584 --- Sponsor: Phillips, Susan C. --- CoSponsor: Brown, Jason
Revises the crime of unlawful use of weapons by making it a class B misdemeanor to, with criminal negligence, carry a firearm or other weapon into certain areas of an airport.
SB 1276 --- Sponsor: Vogel, Carl
Classifies noncommercial hangars as within the residential property class.
SCR 33 --- Sponsor: Kinder, Peter
Urges the Secretary of Transportation to grant approval to the application of Primaris Airlines to operate a twice-daily service between Washington, D.C. and St. Louis.
Last Updated July 26, 2004
Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as USPA, MPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other Pilot Associations of which you may be a member, all have a powerful voice, be it here in Missouri, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of pilots and taxpayers carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C. and on the state and local level.
So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."
UNTIL NEXT TIME!
Larry G. Harmon
Missouri Pilots Association
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