GA keeps Ohio businesses flying high
Guest columnist Marshall Eichfeld, president of the Ohio Aviation Association, writes that general aviation aircraft are crucial to keeping businesses moving in Ohio. He cites Nextant Aerospace and Flight Options as two companies that make GA accessible to small business and provide jobs to the community. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
FAA drops Pearson Field box rule; NPS to reopen Pearson Air Museum
The so-called Pearson box rule proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration has been dropped, thanks to efforts by local elected officials. The National Park Service is set to reopen the Pearson Air Museum under federal management, to the chagrin of some of the museum's supporters. "I wouldn't put something that's extremely valuable to me in the hands of somebody who has no respect for agreements," said local pilot Juan Brito. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)
Sclair: Putting budget cuts into context
General Aviation publisher Ben Sclair writes that when faced with a $772 billion deficit, some budget cuts will have to be made. Defense spending cuts could affect the involvement of the Thunderbirds, Blue Angels and F-22 demonstrations in airshows. But, he writes, when faced with growing debt, "I'll take my chances on our country surviving without the Thunderbirds." General Aviation News
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Recalling a life in the sky
Pilot Anna Pennington said, "I can't remember when I wasn't fascinated by airplanes." The 90-year-old recalls her first flying lesson at age 16, and she keeps her membership with the Burgaw, N.C., Chapter 297 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.)
Special message from AOPA President Craig Fuller
As most of you know, President Barack Obama and Congress are in the throes of debate over federal sequestration, an unusual legislative requirement that dictates across-the-board cuts of $85 billion in federal spending on March 1. The cuts will take place automatically unless Congress acts to stop them. Setting aside the politics that have lead us to this point, the impact on our ability to fly and operate our aircraft in the manner in which we are accustomed could be severely impacted if the sequester takes effect. Our primary interest, as always, is maintaining the freedom of flight for AOPA members. But in this instance, we have another equally important concern: flight safety. AOPA Online
Fuller keynotes Northwest Aviation Conference
During the Northwest Aviation Conference in Puyallup, Wash., AOPA President Craig Fuller discussed the sequester budget battle in Washington, D.C., and the effect it could have on general aviation. AOPA Live.
TSA chief urged to break security plan impasse
Restrictive security rules in effect at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport have choked off access to general aviation facilities, killing off businesses and driving other tenants from the premises, said AOPA and elected officials in letters urging the head of the Transportation Security Administration to intercede in stalled local efforts to fix the problem. AOPA Online.
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