A notam for aircraft flying in the Washington ADIZ that was instigated by an incident last month involving a Kentucky State Police King Air is inappropriate and misdirected, according to AOPA. The notam requires that if an aircraft can’t “continuously” transmit the assigned transponder code, it must fly “the most direct course” out of the ADIZ.
A group of airports, local governments and residents has requested that Congress order the complete phase-out of all Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft regardless of weight. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has submitted such legislation.
The Argentine government took emergency action last month, relieving the nation’s Air Force of responsibility for providing ATC services. The government announced the creation of the National Administration of Civil Aviation, a civilian entity that will take over ATC in the country. The decision came after pilots and air traffic controllers complained about poor aviation safety.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in late January announced that the federal deficit is expected to climb to $477 billion this year, up from $375 billion last year. It also estimated that, in the next 10 years, the government will accumulate nearly $2.4 trillion in additional debt.
The Iowa DOT’s office of aviation reports that the federal funding program approved by Congress and signed by President Bush last month bodes well for the state’s 77 airports, only eight of which offer airline service. Under the reauthorized Airport Improvement Program (AIP), local authorities of eligible airports now need to supply only 5 percent of funds required for airport projects.
According to NBAA, Warwick, R.I. mayor Scott Avedisian has indicated he would fight a proposal to expand the primary runway at T.F. Green International Airport (PVD). The mayor has asked the city council for initial funding of $150,000 to litigate against runway-extension projects. Currently, the main runway is 7,200 feet, but the airport has asked to lengthen it to 9,500 feet.
General aviation interests are encouraged by the appointment of Michal Morgan as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) general manager for general aviation. She previously served as the manager of general aviation for the Office of Operations Policy and the director of special operations for the TSA.
A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and testimony from the DOT Inspector General released last week show that some agencies of the government remain mixed on the necessity of user fees and how or if they should be implemented.
As Congress began hearings last month on the Bush Administration’s plan to fund the FAA, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey attempted to do what one lawmaker called “defending the indefensible.”
Early indications from Capitol Hill signaled that the White House proposal for increased taxes and user fees to provide the necessary money to run the FAA and modernize the ATC system would have rough sledding in Congress.
Earmark or pork amendments were banned as the 110th Congress passed its Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res.20) to fund the nine 2007 appropriations bills that the 109th Congress neglected to complete last year. However, the funding for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security did not escape earmarking.