MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
March 2012

GREETINGS! First, First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. U.S. Congress finally passes long-term FAA/system reauthorization. Here are the highlight's of H. R. 658 FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, as approved on Capitol Hill and sent to the President.
o Authorizes FAA's Airport Improvement Program at $3.35 billion for FY2012-2015, and FAA's Research Engineering and Development account at $168 million annually during the period.
o PFCs: Makes permanent a pilot program to streamline the process, but fails to increase the cap from $4.50 or index it to inflation airport priorities.
o For most projects, fails to continue a provision in Vision 100 that provided for a 95/5 percent federal/local share for AIP-funded projects, thereby setting the government share at a 90/10 split.
o Expands the number of airports that can participate in the FAA privatization pilot program from five to ten.
o Authorizes $143 million for the Essential Air Service program in FY2012; $118 million in FY2013; $107 million in FY2014; and $93 million in FY2015.
o Makes the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) permanent, with funding levels continuing to be subject to Congressional appropriations. ACRP has been a boon to industry analysis, bringing in top-notch stakeholders who take a 'best practices' approach to providing guidance on airport operational issues.
Now is the time for the industry (and FAA) to shake, rattle, and roll and kick-start revitalization. Always nice to have a plan, we now have a bill that provides the opportunity.

Secondly, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that general aviation accidents and fatalities declined in 2010 for the fourth consecutive year; the 1,435 GA accidents marked a 20-year low.

Missouri House of Representatives
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS

HB1431
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

SB597

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)


Note: Here's your web site address for Texas Legislation: www.texas.gov.
Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills.

Note: Here's your web site address for Illinois Legislation:
www.illinois.gov.
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."

SAFE FLYING!

Larry G. Harmon
Legislation Chairman
E-mail address: MPALHARMON228@aol.com


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