October 2011

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) reached an agreement on fatigue recommendations that were developed by a joint FAA-NATCA working group which was established under a 2009 collective bargaining agreement. The more reinforces existing FAA policy that prohibits air traffic controllers from sleeping while they are performing assigned duties. FAA will continue to provide air traffic controllers breaks on the midnight shift based on staffing and workload.

Secondly, FAA names David Grizzle as the chief operating officer of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization. Grizzle, who became FAA's chief counsel in 2009, has been filling the role of chief operating officer since mid-April. Before joining FAA, he worked with Continental Airlines and its affiliates for 22 years.

Thirdly, FAA reauthorization bill passes House, Senate. The U.S. House approved, as did the Senate subsequently an extension to continue programs for FAA as well as for Federal Highway, Transit, and Highway Safety Programs. H.R. 2887 unanimously passed the House, and authorizes FAA programs through January 30, 2012 at current funding levels. The legislation also authorizes federal highway, transit and highway safety programs through March 31, 2012 at current funding levels. The current extension authorizing highway, transit and highway safety programs expires at the end of September.

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
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