Jim Oberstar

May 6, 2014 - 3:15pm

Aviation associations are mourning the loss of former Rep. Jim Oberstar, a staunch advocate for general aviation (GA) who represented Minnesota’s 8th district for a quarter century. His district included Cirrus Aircraft. Oberstar died on Friday at the age of 79.

November 29, 2010 - 10:49am

With the Republican victories last month, several prominent backers of general aviation have moved on. The highest-profile loss for aviation as a whole was Rep. James Oberstar (D-Wis.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The 36-year legislator is considered by many to be the most knowledgeable lawmaker in Congress on aviation issues.

November 4, 2010 - 11:57am

With the Republican victories on Tuesday, several prominent backers of general aviation have moved on. The highest-profile loss for aviation as a whole was Rep. James Oberstar (D-Wis.), the chairman of the powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The 36-year legislator is considered by many as the most knowledgeable lawmaker in Congress on aviation issues.

July 6, 2010 - 12:46pm

Before high-tailing it out of Washington, D.C., last week for what is euphemistically called the Independence Day “district work period,” Congress extended funding for FAA operations and programs for a 14th time.

May 25, 2010 - 11:45am

A multiyear FAA reauthorization bill will be on President Obama’s desk by July 4. That was the prediction last week by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. According to GovernmentExecutive.com, congressional aides are meeting informally to reach agreement on some lesser differences between House and Senate versions of FAA bills.

December 23, 2009 - 6:06am

With another deadline looming in the FAA reauthorization contretemps, Congress last month voted to temporarily authorize funding and spending for FAA programs, through March 31.

July 15, 2009 - 12:45pm

Europeans are “blowing smoke” and “crying wolf,” said Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, during the debate about whether the Europeans would require EASA-certified U.S. repair stations to undergo inspections in response to the H.R. 915 FAA Reauthorization Act’s requirement for biannual inspection of all foreign Part 145 certificate holders.

March 30, 2009 - 5:09am

House aviation subcommittee chairman Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) has joined Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the full House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, in opposing an Obama Administration plan to institute user fees to balance the FAA budget starting in Fiscal Year 2010.

March 10, 2009 - 11:59am

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee late last week approved H.R.915 to reauthorize the FAA through 2012. It is similar to the one that died in the Senate after being passed by the House last year.

February 12, 2009 - 9:55am

Noting that “we are already two years behind schedule because of lack of action by the U.S.

 
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