November 2004

First, Here's an update from Washington, D.C. The U.S. Senate panel approves the FAA/aviation appropriations measure for FY05, calling for $3.5 billion for the Airport Improvement Program and $102 million for the Essential Air Service Program.

Secondly, The Transportation Security Administration officials tell Congress that its screener attrition rate is running about 20 percent and may be on the rise.
° TSA also unveils a test explosive screening program, the Operational Test & Evaluation, at three airports (Atlanta, DFW, Miami) to facilitate cargo screening.
° The agency, in a move applauded by general aviation trade groups, releases its interim final rule regarding alien flight training, transferring the responsibility for background checks from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security/TSA. The rule also excludes ground training and demonstration flights from being covered by the rule.

Thirdly, The Federal Aviation Administration issues a guidance letter outlining details of a new program intended to buy development rights at ten threatened private/public-use airports. Under the program, FAA would provide grant funds to states to purchase the development rights.
° Agency also denies a proposed six-month extension for additional comments to its proposed clarification of drug/alcohol testing requirements.

Fourthly, Department of Homeland Security selects BAE Systems and Northrup Grumman for second phase development of anti-missile technology to protect airliners; program awards $45 million to each for developing and testing of prototypes to counter shoulder-fired missiles.

Fifthly, Here's an update Concerning Missouri Aviation. The only Airports and Aviation Bills are as follows:

Missouri House of Representatives
92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2004)

Bills Indexed by Subject

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.

HCR 22 --- Sponsor: Jackson, Jack

Requests the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Public Service Commission, to study the problems associated with telecommunications towers located in close proximity to airports.

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 October 7, 2004 at 9:20 am _

Now, In Conclusion, Remember, we as USPA, MPA, EAA, AOPA, or any other Pilot Associations of which you may be a member, all have a powerful voice, be it here in Missouri, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of pilots and taxpayers carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C. and on the State and Local Level.

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



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