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Friday
Jan092015

AOPA Applauds Appointment of Pilots to House Transportation Committee 

Association Welcomes Added GA Perspective As FAA Reauthorization Approaches

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently applauded the announcement that two more pilots would be joining the powerful U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the 114th Congress convenes in January. The Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee will play a vital role in setting long-term spending priorities for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the 2015 Reauthorization process.

Rep. Todd Rokita, (R-IN), is among the 12 new committee members announced on Dec. 10.  Rokita is an active pilot and AOPA member. Rokita is also an original co-sponsor of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act (GAPPA), which reforms the third-class medical certification process, as well as a member of the House GA Caucus and one of general aviation’s staunchest allies in Congress.

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Friday
Aug082014

GAMA Notes FAA Deadline to Begin Evaluation of Unleaded AvGas

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today noted the July 1 deadline for candidate fuels to be submitted to the FAA for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) process. The agency received ten replacement fuel proposals from the world’s fuel producers, including submissions from Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, Swift Fuels, and a consortium made up of BP, TOTAL, and Hjelmco.

“The July 1 deadline marked one step closer to eventually transitioning to an unleaded avgas in our piston-engine fleet,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “This development is a key milestone for ensuring the continued safety of our aircraft, benefiting the environment, and minimizing the economic disruption to our industry.”

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Thursday
Nov142013

Five Questions With Missouri Congressman Sam Graves

Rep. Sam Graves was a keynote speaker at the Opening General Session at the 2013 NBAA Business and Aviation Convention..NBAA caught up with Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) to hear his thoughts on general aviation (GA), the GA House Caucus, which he co-chairs, and why he attended the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas, Nev., where he was a keynote speaker at the Opening General Session on Oct. 22.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

FAA Awards $17 Million in Environmental Grants to Airports

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced $17 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to eight airports around the country to reduce the use of conventional fuels and improve air quality.

“This program supports President’s Obama’s efforts to combat climate change and reduce aviation’s carbon footprint,” said Secretary Foxx. “These funds will help airports around the country make the necessary investments that will reduce fuel costs and help protect the environment.”

The grants, awarded through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, will enable the airports to purchase equipment that will allow aircraft to shut off their auxiliary power units while parked at the gate and instead connect to a cleaner central heating and cooling system, saving fuel and reducing emissions. The funds come from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“The FAA encourages airlines and airports to find creative ways to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We applaud these airports for their efforts to make their facilities environmentally friendly members of the community.”

Through VALE, airports are reducing ozone emissions by approximately 370 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 20,604 cars and trucks off the road annually.

For more information about the program, including a list of eligible airports and projects, go to the VALE web site:www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/vale.

The airports that received VALE grants include:

Albuquerque International Sunport, $464,000 – The project will improve air quality in the area by providing funding to purchase and install charging units for ground support equipment.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, $45,000 – The project will improve air quality in the area by providing funding to convert diesel-fueled vehicles to compressed natural gas.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth (Alabama) International Airport, $2,847,790 – The project will help improve air quality in the area by providing funding to purchase and install efficient electric air handling equipment such as air conditioning and heating units in the terminal.

Boston General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, $2,000,000 – The project will provide funding to purchase and install low-emission airport equipment, such as pre-conditioned air units and associated systems, to improve air quality in the area.

Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, $2,179,006 – This project will improve air quality in the area by providing funding to purchase and install low-emission airport equipment, such as pre-conditioned air units and associated equipment.

San Diego International Airport, $3,109,162 – This project will improve air quality in the area by providing funding to purchase and install low-emission airport equipment, such as pre-conditioned air units and associated equipment.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, $3,547,527 – The project will improve air quality in the area by providing funding to purchase and install low-emission airport equipment, such as pre-conditioned air units and associated equipment.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport, $2,885,400 – The project will improve air quality in the area by providing funding to purchase and install low-emission airport equipment, such as pre-conditioned air units and associated systems.

VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas of poor air quality. The FAA created the program in 2004 to help airport sponsors meet their air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act. Through VALE, airport sponsors can use AIP funds and passenger facility charges to acquire low-emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification, and other airport air quality improvements.

Since 2005, the FAA has funded 56 VALE projects at 33 airports, which represents a total investment of $161 million in clean airport technology. That amount includes $129 million in federal grants and $32 million in local airport matching funds.

AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity, and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation.

Wednesday
Oct092013

GAMA Expands International Presence with Addition of Greg Bowles to Brussels Office

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced the appointment of Greg Bowles to a new position as Director of European Regulatory Affairs & Engineering. Bowles will join GAMA’s Director of European and International Affairs Brian Davey in GAMA’s Brussels office. Joining the association in 2005, Bowles has served as Director of Engineering & Manufacturing at the association’s Washington headquarters. In his new role, he will strengthen GAMA’s ability to work towards better and more efficient regulatory systems, as well as ensuring even stronger coordination between global aviation authorities and manufacturers.

“The GAMA Board of Directors decided that this was a prudent time to complement our excellent government affairs presence in Europe with strong aviation technical expertise. Greg’s move to Brussels marks another major increase of GAMA’s worldwide presence at a time when general aviation is expanding on a global basis,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “Greg is well known at EASA, having worked closely with their regulators and other European authorities in representing general aviation manufacturers’ interests for several years on many issues ranging from European equipment and aircraft certification to increased international cooperation between authorities.”

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