August 2011

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. A draft proposal by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requiring certificated airports to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS) would burden airports with significant, unfunded mandates and impose unrealistic deadlines, according to comments filed by the American Association of Airport Executives and Airport Council International-North America. Both groups have requested that the agency file a supplemental draft rule that addresses their concerns. In its comments, AAAE says FAA's current draft rule includes several counter-productive provisions and that the proposed rule would impose high costs on airports without identifying a funding source for the new program. AAAE cites one large hub where implementation of the FAA's proposed SMS would cost $400,000 at the outset and then $500,000 per year in staffing and implantation for the airport and its tenants.

Secondly, Government Accountability Office (GAO) performs an assessment of 13 selected general aviation airports and finds that all had multiple security measures in place to guard against unauthorized access, but most still had identifiable vulnerabilities. GAO also found incidents of unauthorized access and places where some security measures were comprised by obstructions. GAO conducted the assessment at the request of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (d-WVA);

Thirdly, In another report, GAO says FAA must improve its coordination with partner agencies and the private sector to better leverage resources for the delivery of NextGen benefits. According to the report, while FAA's efforts to leverage NASA research through "research transition teams" shows promise, FAA's lack of coordination with DOD and DHS "could result in duplication of research or an inefficient use of resources."
Missouri House of Representatives

Bills Indexed by Subject

HB 840
Sponsor: Jones, Caleb --- CoSponsor: Diehl, John
Establishes the Aerotropolis Trade Incentive and Tax Credit Act to encourage foreign trade by authorizing the St. Louis City Mayor or the executive officer of certain counties to designate a gateway zone

HCR 28

Sponsor: Nolte, Jerry --- CoSponsor: Allen, Sue
Endorses an observer status for Taiwan in the International Civil Aviation Organization

SB 390 --- Sponsor: Schmitt, Eric
Authorizes tax incentives to encourage foreign trade

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All other states should follow this same format, to search your specific state's aviation and airport bills.

Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations of which you may be a member, we have a powerful voice, in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of taxpayers and pilots carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C., as well as at the state and local level.
We need to learn how to use our voices, and speak up for general aviation.

So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."


Larry G. Harmon
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