MPA LEGISLATIVE REPORT
MARCH 10, 2013
Greetings! First, Here’s an update from Washington, D.C. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) According to the Air Travel Consumer Report issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the reporting carriers posted a rate of 3.09 reports of mishandled baggage per 1,000 passengers for 2012, an improvement on 2011’s rate of 3.35 and their lowest rate of mishandled baggage for a year since this data was first reported in September 1987.
Secondly, America’s airports need to complete 71.3 billion worth of essential infrastructure projects between now and 2017, including major runway and terminal expansions that are required to keep pace with passenger growth forecasts, says the association. During a media briefing, ACI-NA President Greg Principato stressed that the existing federally mandated funding system fails to meet U.S. airport capital needs for modernizing airport capacity which is critical for a safe, efficient, and globally competitive aviation system. The survey provides information on all airport projects over the next five years, not just those that are Airport Improvement Program (AIP) eligible, as the case with the FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) report.
Thirdly, Here is the only Airport and Aviation Bills are as follows:
97th General Assembly, 1st Session
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS
HCS HB 46
2/25/2013 Rules - Reported Do Pass (H)
0371H.02C - 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
HCS HB 221
2/27/2013 Referred: Rules
0419H.03C - Establishes the Freight Forwarders Incentive Act to encourage foreign trade through the Lambert - St. Louis International Airport
2/20/2013 Offered (H)
1757L.01I - Endorses Taiwan's participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization
3/10/2013 10:37:50 PM
Note: Your website address for Texas Legislation: www.texas.gov Look for Transportation-Aviation, to search all Aviation Bills. Website address for Illinois Legislation: www.illinois.gov 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.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME!
Larry G. Harmon
Missouri Pilots Association