May 2011

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 658, the Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2011, that now moves to conference to resolve differences between H.R. 658 and S. 223, the U.S. Senate's FAA reauthorization bill passed in February. The two bills offer significant differences on Airport Improvement Program and FAA funding; the Essential Air Service Program; and an increase in the cap on passenger facility charges.

Secondly, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) begins testing an airline crewmember screening system in seven preliminary airports to enhance the verification process for professional flight crews. TSA has been working with Southwest Airlines, the Coalition of Airline Pilots, the Airline Pilots Association, the Air Transport Association and other agencies on the initiative.

Thirdly, Next Gen ITT Corporation and a private-equity partner are preparing a loan-guarantee fund of more than $1.5 billion to help upgrade the nation's air traffic control system, a financing plan aimed at ending an impasse over how airlines will purchase new equipment.

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

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

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


Larry G. Harmon
Legislation Chairman
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