September 2010

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. Congress approves legislation that extends FAA's operating authority through September 30, 2010, while also introducing new pilot safety rules. It is the 15th extension for the FAA since full authorization expired in 2007. House lawmakers chose to split off pilot safety provisions that the families of victims of the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo in 2009 lobbied for. The safety provision covers minimum flight hours, flight and duty time, and pilot training.

Secondly, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports that in the second quarter general aviation airplane shipments fell 9.8 percent, from 1,039 units in 2009 to 937 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $9.4 billion in the second quarter of 2010, up 0.2 percent.

Thirdly, Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases a report, Aviation Safety: Improved planning could help FAA address challenges related to Winter Weather Operations (GAO-10-678);

Missouri House of Representatives
95th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2010)
Bills Indexed by Subject

None at present

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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