February 2010

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The House and Senate have passed another three-month funding extension for the FAA, which has been operating under temporary extensions since its last long-term authorization expired in 2007.

The House passed a three-year reauthorization in May 2009, but the Senate has yet to pass a long-term bill. Both the long-term bill the House passed in May and the one under consideration in the Senate would continue to fund the FAA through aviation fuel taxes, ticket taxes, and a general fund contribution.

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Aviation Sub-Committee Chairman Jerry F. Costello (D-Ill.) spoke on the House floor before the voice vote December 8, 2009 about the necessity of the bill in order for FAA programs to continue uninterrupted. The need to pass a long-term authorization is evident.

"Short-term extensions and uncertain funding levels can be disruptive to the aviation industry and communities because they do not allow them to plan for long-term growth," Costello said in his prepared remarks. "Frankly, every month that goes by without a long-term FAA authorization is a lost opportunity to improve aviation safety, security, and to create and maintain jobs around the country."

The short-term extension, the eight of its kind, extends funding and expenditure authority for the FAA through March 31, 2010. The Senate passed the extension on December 10, 2009.

Secondly, URGENT NOTICE! Paper pilot Certificates expire on March 31, 2010.
Pilots cannot exercise the privileges of their PAPER pilot certificates after March 31, 2010. Certificates issued under 14 CFR Parts 63 and 65 will expire March 31, 2013. FAR 61.19 (h) reads: DURATION OF PILOTS CERTIFICATES. Except for a temporary certificate issued under 61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010." To obtain your new plastic pilot certificate, log onto web site: Fill out the form and pay the $2.00 charge with a credit card. It should arrive in the mail within two weeks.

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

HB 1312 --- Sponsor: Talboy, Mike
Prohibits members of the General Assembly from jointly owning property with any registered lobbyist unless the member is the lobbyist's spouse or family member or is dating the lobbyist.

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
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