February 2012

GREETINGS! First, First, Here is an update from Washington, DC. The Senate, following upon House action this past week, has passed a four year, $63.4 billion FAA authorization bill with no user fees or fuel-tax increases. The bill, now headed to the desk of President Barack Obama for signing, would give the FAA its first long-term operating authority since 2007, ending a string of 23 stop-gap operating authorization measures.

Senators of both parties expressed satisfaction that the 75-20 vote, which followed House action February 3, 2012, will allow the FAA to get back to focusing primarily on long-term program management. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Rockefeller (D-W.Va) said, "This bill is years overdue. But getting it signed into law will make aviation safer, create jobs, and make sure that small communities have access to critical air service."

The bill authorized $13.4 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding. The bill establishes a time line for issuing improved pilot certificates that are tamper resistant an can accommodate a photograph, digital photograph, biometric identifier, or other unique identifier.

Secondly, FAA announces that general aviation or on-demand charter aircraft owners or operators seeking to keep their aircraft's registration number from being displayed over public data systems during flight no longer need to submit a Certified Security Concern to FAA.

Thirdly, FAA awards $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative, environmentally friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel. The contracts stem from work FAA is doing through the agency's Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative (CAAFI) and the agency's Continuous Lower Emissions, Energy and Noise (CLEEN) program.

Missouri House of Representatives
Bills Indexed by Subject

Hoskins, Denny Kelly, Chris
Extends the expiration of the provisions regarding the exemption on the sale of aviation jet fuel from any state and local sales and use tax


Dempsey (S23) NO TITLE (4509S.02I)
Changes the governance of the St. Louis International Airport
Last Action: 1/04/2012 - Introduced and First Read (S)

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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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