June 2011

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbit in April announce changes to Air Traffic Controller scheduling practices that will allow controllers more time for rest between shifts. Among them: Controllers will now have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts; will no longer be able to swap shifts unless they have a minimum of nine hours off; will no longer be able to switch to an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off; and will schedule their own shifts in a way to ensure greater coverage in the morning and late night hours. Move came after various incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job. As a result of a public outcry, FAA's Air Traffic Organization Chief Hank Krakowski resigned.
Secondly, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports the U.S. civil aviation sector has seen incremental improvements in safety, with 26 accidents recorded in 2010 for scheduled Part 121 airlines and 6 accidents on scheduled Part 135 commuters, all non-fatal. Also, the decline in general aviation accidents in 2010 continued a downward trend, with a total of 1,435 accidents, 267 of them fatal, resulting in 450 fatalities.

Thirdly, United States Department of Transportation (DOT) enacts a new reg that says airline passengers can collect $1,300 when forced to give up a seat on an overbooked flight, a 63 percent increase. Also, foreign carriers must release passengers from their aircraft stuck at U.S. airports within four hours or face fines as high as $27,500, and airlines must refund luggage fees if bags are lost.

Missouri House of Representatives
Bills Indexed by Subject

HB 840
Sponsor: Jones, Caleb --- CoSponsor: Diehl, John
Establishes the Aerotropolis Trade Incentive and Tax Credit Act to encourage foreign trade by authorizing the St. Louis City Mayor or the executive officer of certain counties to designate a gateway zone

HCR 28

Sponsor: Nolte, Jerry --- CoSponsor: Allen, Sue
Endorses an observer status for Taiwan in the International Civil Aviation Organization

SB 390 --- Sponsor: Schmitt, Eric
Authorizes tax incentives to encourage foreign trade

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Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

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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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