MPA LEGISLATION REPORT
May 2004

GREETINGS! First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. FAA in its proposed FY2005 budget calls for using AIP monies to help fund air traffic control-related equipment at airports that request it. Following a meeting of some 60 reps from business, government, ATC, and others, announce a broadbased coalition will develop a comprehensive program Growth Without Gridlock to help manage the growing volumes of air traffic in the United States.

In a related development, DOT Secretary Norm Mineta announces the formation of the Independent Safety Oversight Service for the Air Traffic Organization to ensure safety oversight.

Secondly, The National Air Transportation Association will hold its annual convention in tandem with Aviation Industry Week, May 18-20, 2004, in Las Vegas. NATA President James Coyne and director of government and industry affairs Eric Byer for their take on hot buttons affecting general aviation. Both say sessions and discussion at the show will center around several issues including the emergence of microjets, rising cost of insurance, Part 135 rewrite, Part 145 Final Rule, and access to and capacity at airports, among others.

Thirdly, General Aviation traffic is expected to increase in the coming years, possibly impacting congestion at commercial airports. James Coyne says part of the solution to congestion problems will be found in technology and encouraging FAA to support more automated air traffic control procedures. "I've been flying for 30 years," he says. "The skies are not crowded. The only thing that's crowded is the antiquated technological air separation system that we have, which does not accommodate modern technology.

"We're using 60-year old separation technology, radar-based, which is very inaccurate, and I think the sooner the FAA completely overhauls the air traffic structure, the sooner we'll be able to meet the demand."

Fourthly, James Coyne expects the number of turbine-powered small aircraft to more than double in the next ten years, from some 10,000 to some 25,000. He adds that the number of airliners will only increase by a little more than 1,000; and the number of piston airlines "probably won't increase percentagewise by even 5 or 10 percent. We're clearly the most robust segment of aviation in terms of market growth. The thing that's holding us back more than anything else is the FAA and the airspace and the restrictions. We've got to redesign a new air traffic management paradigm to really recognize, what I call, the three-dimensional world of aviation, versus the old two-dimensional version."

Fifthly, Here's an Update Concerning Missouri Legislation. The only Aviation Bills Listed are as follows:
Missouri House of Representatives

92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2004)
Bills Indexed by Subject
AIRCRAFT AND AIRPORTS

HB 1244 --- Sponsor: Dempsey, Tom --- CoSponsor: Spreng, Michael
Changes governance of the St. Louis International Airport.

HB 1584 --- Sponsor: Phillips, Susan C. --- CoSponsor: Brown, Jason
Revises the crime of unlawful use of weapons by making it a class B misdemeanor to, with criminal negligence, carry a firearm or other weapon into certain areas of an airport.

SB 1276 --- Sponsor: Vogel, Carl
Classifies noncommercial hangars as within the residential property class.

SCR 33 --- Sponsor: Kinder, Peter
Urges the Secretary of Transportation to grant approval to the application of Primaris Airlines to operate a twice-daily service between Washington, D.C. and St. Louis.

Last Updated May 13, 2004.

The SENATE has adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 12, 2004

Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as MPA, USPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other State Pilot Associations, you may be a Member of, we all have a powerful voice, be it here in Missouri, Indiana, or whatever State you represent. Because every group of Pilots and as taxpayers carry a strong voice to Washington, D.C., and on the State Level.

So Let s not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a Difference for General Aviation.

UNTIL NEXT TIME!

SAFE FLYING!

Larry G. Harmon
Missouri Pilots Association
Legislation Chairman




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