January 2010

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalizes a federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, to enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting through the river airspace. The rule now requires pilots to follow safety procedures that were previously recommended, but were not mandatory. The rule also will incorporate provisions of an October 2006 Notice to Airmen that restricted fixed-wing aircraft in the exclusion zone over the East River to seaplanes landing or taking off on the river or those specifically approved by FAA Air Traffic Control.

Secondly, The FAA also is proposing to put limits on airlines and other operators hiring FAA Safety Inspectors and their managers for two years after those employees leave the agency. Proposed rule would prohibit air carriers, flight schools, repair stations, and other certificated organizations from employing or contracting with former FAA inspectors and managers to represent them in agency matters if the former employee had any direct oversight of the certificate holder in the preceding two years. The rule also would apply to anyone who owns or manages a fractional ownership program aircraft.

Thirdly, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) also reports deliveries of general aviation aircraft have fallen 47 percent in the first nine months of 2009 when compared with the same time a year ago. Plane makers shipped 1,587 piston aircraft, turboprops, and business jets in the first nine months, down from 2,982 a year ago. Billings are down 23.5 percent.

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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