December 2010

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that "serious runway incursions" at U.S. airports dropped by 50% year-over-year to just six in the 2010 fiscal year ended September 30th, the second straight year serious incursions have been lowered by half.

Secondly, FAA also awards its largest Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) grant for an $18.3 million project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to improve air quality and to reduce the use of conventional fuels. Sea-Tac will install a centralized preconditioned air plant that will allow aircraft arriving at gates to shut off auxiliary power units and connect to a cleaner central heating and cooling system.

Thirdly, The U.S. House-Transportation Security Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee requests an assessment of the progress and challenges of screening and securing U.S.-bound cargo.

Fourthly, The Government of Accountability Office (GAO) issues a report on FAA standard-ization problems, which drew criticism from industry and Congressional leaders for not taking into account the impact those problems, have had on industry. The report, "Certification and Approval Processes are Generally Viewed as Working Well, but Better Evaluative Information Needed to Improve Efficiency", cites inconsistencies and inefficiencies in FAA's certification process.

Missouri House of Representatives
95th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2010)
Bills Indexed by Subject

None at present

Note: Here's your web site address for Texas Legislation:
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

Note: Here's your web site address for Illinois Legislation:
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

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
Legislation Chairman
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