September 2011

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. In early August, Congress approved a continuing resolution, allowing FAA personnel and contractors to return to work. This resolution is set to expire on September 16, 2011, and AOPA, EAA, continues to urge Congress to finalize the FAA reauthorization bill that would prevent the necessity of continuing resolutions or furloughs in the near future.

Secondly, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports the U.S. civil aviation sector has seen incremental improvements improvements in safety, with 26 accidents recorded in 2010 for U.S. scheduled Part 121 airlines and six accidents on scheduled Part 135 commuters, all non fatal. Also, the decline in general aviation accidents in 2010 continued a downward trend, with a total of 1,435 accidents, 267 of them fatal, resulting in 450 fatalities.

Thirdly, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) enacts a new reg that says airline passengers can collect $1,300 when forced to give up a seat on an overbooked flight, a 63 percent increase. Also, foreign carriers must release passengers from their aircraft stuck at U.S. airports within four hours or face fines as high as $27,500, and airlines must refund luggage fees if bags are lost.

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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