AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 98

SURVEY

92%

of AOPA
members
believe the
FAA must make education a
higher priority than increasing regulation.

News & Notes
MEMBERSHIP

ACTION IN THE STATES

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State-by-state
ALABAMA: At the Alabama Airports
Conference in Guntersville, AOPA
Regional Manager Bob Minter met
with airport and aviation officials to
discuss opportunities to support GA.

ALASKA: AOPA Regional Manager
Tom George is working with Alaska
pilots to improve aviation weather
reporting after the FAA closed observation sites in Chandalar Lake, Farewell
Lake, Manley Hot Springs, Merrill Pass
West, and Nebesna. ARIZONA: AOPA
and the Arizona Pilots Association are

Talking to the FAA
Considering the big issues

working together to defeat a bill that
threatens to raise fees on GA aircraft
in the 2015 legislative session.

ARKANSAS: Arkansas State Rep. Joe
Jett and AOPA are planning a state GA
Caucus event in 2015 after a meeting
at the Arkansas Airport Operators

AOPA DOESN'T JUST FIGHT ISSUES at individ-

But we need the FAA to go a bit further.
Homebuilders should be able to build an
aircraft in their hangar and benefit from
the support they can receive on the airport.
* Exhaust plumes/energy facility siting
policy. Safety is threatened near several airports because of nearby energy-generating
facilities that create thermal plumes. AOPA
has been working with the FAA's Airport
Obstructions Standards Working Group,

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Association Conference. CALIFORNIA:
Regional Manager John Pfeifer took
part in the Association of California
Airports' annual conference. He is a
m e m b e r o f t h e AC A b o a rd .

COLORADO: AOPA and Colorado aviation officials are working on an
FAA-funded study about the sustainability of GA airports. CONNECTICUT:
AOPA was an honored guest at the
Civil Air Patrol's Northeast Region
Conference where CAP New York celebrated winning an AOPA Foundation
Giving Back Grant, money that will be
used to support its cadet program and
teach inner city youth about aviation.

DELAWARE: Gov. Jack Markell
announced the formation of the
Delaware

Business

Av i a t i o n

Association to serve as an independent voice for the industry. FLORIDA:
The Recreational Aviation Foundation
and AOPA are working together on
2015 legislation to protect owners of
private airfields from liability.

GEORGIA: Gov. Nathan Deal declared

JOHN SAUER

ual airports, we also engage with the FAA on
policy issues that affect airports-and how
we use them-all across the country.
* Fuel taxes must fund aviation. The FAA's
new rule on the use of state and local fuel tax
revenues, saying that the money collected in
aviation fuel taxes must be used for aviation
purposes, is good for GA airports nationwide.
The rule means money raised through aviation operations will be put to
work for airports and aviation,
The FAA is an important partner in
instead of funding nonaviation
activities. There's been a lot of protecting airports.
confusion over this issue, and
AOPA is glad the FAA listened.
and it's important they complete their study
* Nonaeronautical uses of hangars. A lot on this issue and release the new Thermal
of airport officials and even FAA staff have Plume Evaluation Tool so that it can be put
been misinterpreting the FAA's guidance on to use at planned facilities.
hangar use. Your association has been talk- * Compatible Land Use Advisory Circular.
ing to the agency about this for a while, and The wrong land use adjacent to an airport
its new draft is a big step in the right direc- can lead to closure threats or operational
tion to clarify the policy. Most pilots like restrictions. The FAA Airport Planning and
to keep a few things in the hangar besides Programming Office's new draft can give
the airplane-some tools, a place to sit, important guidance on incompatible land
a radio, maybe even a small refrigerator. use to airport sponsors.



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