January 2013

Greetings! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has lifted his hold on the nomination of Michael Huerta as Administrator of the FAA, noting that the agency requires consistent leadership at a time of wide-ranging changes in the nation's aviation system. The South Carolina Senator had blocked a final Senate vote on Huerta's nomination ever since Huerta was approved in July by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Secondly, U.S. Senate passes S.3542, legislation based on the N0-Hassle Flying Act. The No-Hassle Flying Act streamlines baggage security measures for international flights. Because of an ambiguity in law, passengers originating from some overseas airports must have baggage screened twice when returning home to the U.S.

Thirdly, National Transportation Board (NTSB) urges the implementation of fire suppression systems in all cargo planes. Federal investigators say the government should require fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of planes to prevent the kind of ferocious in-flight blazes that have killed four cargo pilots over the past six years,

Fourthly, Here is the only Airport and Aircraft Bills are as follows:

97th General Assembly, 1st Session
Bills Indexed by Subject
Bill Sponsor CoSponsor Bill String Date/Last Action
Bill Information
Guernsey, Casey
HB 46 1/10/2013 Read Second Time (H)
0371H.01I - Establishes the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act that prohibits the use of a drone or other unmanned aircraft to gather evidence or other information with specified exceptions
Munzlinger, Brian
SB 56 12/3/2012 Read First Time (S)
0386S.01I - Prohibits the Department of Health and Senior Services from inspecting meat processors for criteria they have already been inspected for by the state or federal Department of Agriculture
Schaefer, Kurt
SB 98 1/3/2013 Read First Time (S)
0623S.01I - Modifies provisions relating to animal shelters
3 Records
1/12/2013 9:21:29 PM

Note: Your website address for Texas Legislation: Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.
Website address for Illinois Legislation: Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

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

Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations, 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 us not forget how to exercise our rights and privileges, so we can continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."


Larry G. Harmon
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