This has actually been a banner year for general aviation, according to U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who hosted a Town Hall Meeting Saturday morning on the Sun ’n Fun campus. “We got a lot done in the FAA reauthorization,” he reported.
The AOPA Foundation has unveiled a plan to expand its Hat in the Ring Society and bestow four awards on those in the general aviation industry who have made significant strides in each of the categories.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has become the latest media partner with Build-A-Plane, supporting the Kids Across America campaign, created to help children make the trip to Oshkosh, Wis., for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2012 AirVenture.
By CONNIE SUE WHITE
When Civil Air Patrol Seminole Composite Squadron Deputy Commander Kenny Eads asked a group of five cadets to volunteer for a unique mission, it caught on like wildfire. The assignment: build the first-ever Fire Hub on the SUN ’n FUN campgrounds.
Eads explained to the young men that it would the be the first of 50 Fire Hubs planned across the United States as part of the Recreational Aviation Foundation’s latest fund-raising initiative [Read more...]
James N. Hauslein has been named to the board of trustees for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
General aviation advocates are hailing the passage of new legislation that will benefit not only aviation businesses in Florida, but general aviation aircraft owners. Language in a new economic development bill includes sales-tax exemptions for repairs and equipment on aircraft that weigh 2,000 pounds or more. The previous exemption was for aircraft that weighed 15,000 pounds.
Officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) say they are “unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver’s license and medical self-assessment,” despite the FAA’s recent denial of a request to expand the driver’s license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less. On Feb. 2, the FAA denied a 2009 petition by David Wartofsky, owner of Potomac Airfield in Maryland, that had received more than 1,000 supportive comments, including comments from AOPA. Read more about the efforts here.