May Air Events

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SPRING FLYOUT – ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AND BOARD MEETINGS
Branson, MO   May 19-22, 2016
Known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” Branson, MO, is truly a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination — and an incredible value — with more than 50 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts and meeting and conference facilities.
This year we will have a safety seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at KPLK as usual.  On Friday, we will drive north a short distance for a guided tour of the National Tiger Sanctuary which is dedicated to providing an educational facility teaching about environmental conditions that are effecting the Earth’s ecosystems through creating a safe and protected environment in which all ages can enjoy the delight of discovery. They focus on big cats as examples of the beauty and diversity we need to preserve for the survival of our planet, and  provide them with a safe, stress free, forever home.  We have a special group rate of $20, and will pay individually.

Mid-Way Regional Airport (KJWY) , Midlothian, TX
Pancake Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Public Invited
Free Parking
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast tickets:  Adults & Children 8 and over  $6, Children under 8  $3
Classic Airplanes, Helicopter Rides, Fly-Overs, Radio Controlled Model Airplanes, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Midlothian Classic Wheels, and Gold Wing Road Riders.
For more info  call 972-923-0080
http://mid-wayregional.com

THIRD ANNUAL ROTARY
SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW
MAY 28, 2016
IONE, CA—On Saturday, May 28st, The Rotary Club of Ione will sponsor its 3RD Annual Show & Shine Classic and Vintage Car Show. The location has been moved to the Westover Field Airport located at 12380 Airport Blvd, Jackson, CA off of Hwy 49. The layout of the new location offers addition space for show cars, vendors and the public, and is ideally configured for this event. The show expects cars from throughout California and Nevada, and will feature vehicles in all categories from street rods to stock pre-1960, modified, foreign cars and more. Some trucks will also be on display.
Show car judging will be from 10-12 noon, and the award ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM. The event is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  For information on displaying a car at the show, contact Dave Wardall at,davidwardall@gmail.com, or 209-274-9160.  All proceeds will go to local youth organizations the Interfaith Food Bank and other non-profit organizations. The food bank currently serves 6000 individuals and 2400 families. They experience lower donations during the mid-year months and this event will help to ease that burden.

USPA FALL FLY-IN
Las Cruces, New Mexico
29-30 Sept, 1-2 Oct 2016
This fly-in takes place in beautiful southern NM when the weather should be excellent (day low 80s, night low 50s) and the activities exceptional.
Attendees will be able to fly their own plane into the only purpose-built commercial spaceport in America (there are 10 licensed spaceports in the US).  Spaceport America is a state-owned facility supporting the research and development of companies such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic passenger space vehicle and Space X’s space rockets.  USPA will be able to have a tour of this facility.
As more information is obtained, it will be available to USPA members.  To attend this weekend, all attendees must be either USPA members or members of a USPA Affiliated state (such as MO, TX, OR NM, as well as others).  Bob Worthington,  USPA Fly-in Chair, 575 522-6785
May 6-7 – Walnut Ridge, AR – Walnut Ridge Airport (KARG) Walnut Ridge Airport / Wings of Honor Museum 18th Annual Air Field Reunion & the airport’s 74th Birthday party. Saturday FREE Breakfast 7 – 9:30 provided by airport in the terminal. 10:00 Safety meeting in the Museum followed by Free BBQ lunch noon – 12:45 for seminar attendees. Walnut Ridge was an Aviation Cadet WWII Training facility and there is a museum on the field. ARG is also the home of The Parachute Inn, a restaurant inside a retired SW Airlines 737. Contact: Walnut Ridge Regional Airport 870-886-5432 Contact me for event flyer.
May 7 – Horseshoe Bend, AR – Horseshoe Bend Airport (6M2) 8:00 AM Fly in first Saturday of each month for a great breakfast at the Calabama Restaurant. Calabama is adjacent to the airport. Phone 870-670-5553.
May 7 – Ponca City, OK – Ponca City Regional Airport (KPNC) First Saturday breakfast. 7:00 – 10:00 AM Fantastic food; very well attended long running event. For a suggested $7.00 donation (and well worth it) you can have pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, coffee, and fruit. Sponsored by PNC airport booster club on the first Saturday of every month rain or shine. Contact Bruce Eberle 580-761-5884 ou444@yahoo.com Contact me for flyer.
May 9 – ** A Monday Event ** Paragould, AR – Kirk Airport (KPGR) 7:30 PM FAA WINGS Safety Meeting on a variety of short topics not covered in seminars given during the last year: including Lithium Ion battery fires.  This meeting follows our monthly Paragould Pilots’ Association meeting.  There will be free food and drinks prior to this meeting furnished by the Paragould Pilots’ Association.  The meeting is in the FBO.  It is a fly or drive in event.  Please sign up on the FAA web site, www.FAASafety.gov , under seminars.  For questions, contract Bob Alleman, 870-476-4949.
May 11 – ** A Wednesday Event ** Cape Girardeau, MO – Cape Girardeau Regional Airport  (KCGI) Air Show – 2016 Air Festival Gates open at 1500 Show starts at 1700.  For information: 573.334.6230 or email hseesing@cityofcape.org Contact me for event flyer
May 12-15, 2016 – Ozark, AR –Byrd’s Backcountry Airstrip (Lat: 35 40’ 37”N Long: 93 43’ 59”W) Eleventh annual Spring Fly-in. 2 grass runways along the Mulberry River in Arkansas. Beautiful scenery in remote setting. New riverfront restaurant, cabins, RV hookups, under-wing camping, and large restroom with hot showers. On the web @ http://www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/activities/fly.htmlPhone contact: 479-667-4066
May 13 ** 2nd Friday Event – Joplin, Mo – Joplin Regional Airport (KJLN) 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; Join Alpha Air Center for their second Friday Lunch. The menu theme varies with the season. For more information contact Ashley @ 417-623-3113 or email info@alphaaircenter.com
May 13 ** 2nd Friday Event – Lonoke, AR – Country Air Estates (1AR9) 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM A recurring Hot Dog, Burgers & Brats  cookout at the South West end T hangars the 2nd Friday each month.  Come and enjoy good dogs and hangar talk.  Fly in or Drive in. Donations go to improve the field.  Phone Contact Dave Rottman 231 225 2845 or email apdlox@gmail.com
May 14 – Carlisle, AR – Carlisle Municipal Airport (4M3) EAA Chapter 122 UL will host a Fly-in / Drive-in Breakfast 8:30 – 11:30 AM. This is a recurring event on the second Saturday of each month. Come to socialize.  For additional information go to: eaaul122.org Contact Steve Ware @ 501-606-6672
May 14 – Neosho, MO – Neosho Municipal Airport (KEOS) Fly-in; Full Grilled Lunch $5.00; Flour Bomb Flying Contests with trophies and prizes; Aviation Safety Seminar at 11:00. Addition information contact: Jason Patrum jmurtap@gmail.com  . Contact me for event flyer.
May 14 – Ketchum, OK – South Grand Lake Airport (1K8) Pilot Open House Fly In 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Open House Fuel Special LL $2.70/gal, aircraft only.  Free Lunch for Pilots and Passengers from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Five new Hangars with Floating doors. Hangar Contractor and Floating Door representative on hand to answer questions.  Great Planes Aircraft Supply – Experimental aircraft engines and parts supplier will be on site with display booth and answer questions. Request event flyer from: info@southgrandlakeairport.com  or Call 918-693-1855.  Rain Date May 21st.
May 19-22 – Branson, MO – Clark/Downtown Airport (KPLK) USPA Flyin/Annual Meeting kicks off Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm with Safety Seminar in the KPLK terminal building. Seminar Topic: The Danger of Dust Devils. Click here to register for seminar   Hospitality room, informative GA meetings, fun Branson activities including tours and shows. ALL PILOTS WELCOME!  More info at www.uspilots.org.  Or contact Jan Hoynacki, jan@uspilots.org, 417-338-2225.
May 21 – Berryville, AR – Carroll County Airport (4M1) Fly-in or drive-in breakfast from 8:30 till 11:00am. Eggs, sausage, pancakes, juice/milk $5.00 plates. Fuel is $3.65 per gallon 100LL. This will be a reoccurring event the 3rd Sat of each month. For info call 870-423-8393 or 870-423-7854.
May 21 – Shell Knob, MO – Turkey Mountain Airport (MO00) In-The-Bag Omelet fly-in 8:30 AM – Noon $5.00 per person. For additional information call: Judy at 417-858-6345; Cell 417-671-1832 ** Note The Turkey Mountain Airport restaurant is being remodeled; please bear with us during the construction.  During this time, we will be having the fly-in events and meals in a hangar in the plane parking area at MO00.
May 21 – Pine Bluff, AR – Grider Field Airport (KPBF) fly-in breakfast 3rd Saturday of every month.  Our specialty is eggs anyway you want them, from fried to eggs Benedict. You should try our omelets.  Come enjoy your breakfast in our WWII style Officers Club.  A $7.00 donation gets you all you can eat.  Contact: Gerald @ 870-377-2728 or email: gwloyd@hotmail.com
May 28 – North Little Rock, AR – NLR Airport (KORK) Unicom / CTAF 123.075:  EAA chapter 165 Super Breakfast by donation on the 4th Saturday every month. Starts at 8:30 and goes until everybody is stuffed.  We strive to make it a Super Breakfast by having all the usual things you expect plus whatever extras we can dig up like blueberry pancakes, French toast, hash browns, fresh fruit, omelets and eggs cooked to order.  Our cooks love to surprise you with something they thought up.  Come hungry and leave overloaded. There is usually RV formation flying by Bulldog Flight right after breakfast, ride along or fly with them.  Contact Marvin Homsley 419 360-7414.

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USPA MEETING IN MAY…

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SPRING FLYOUT – ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AND BOARD MEETINGS

Branson, MO May 19-22, 2016

Known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” Branson, MO, is truly a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination — and an incredible value — with more than 50 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts and meeting and conference facilities.

This year we will have a safety seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at KPLK as usual. On Friday, we will drive north a short distance for a guided tour of the National Tiger Sanctuary which is dedicated to providing an educational facility teaching about environmental conditions that are effecting the Earth’s ecosystems through creating a safe and protected environment in which all ages can enjoy the delight of discovery. They focus on big cats as examples of the beauty and diversity we need to preserve for the survival of our planet, and provide them with a safe, stress free, forever home. We have a special group rate of $20, and will pay individually.

After an order-from-the-menu lunch at McFarlain’s Restaurant in the newly redecorated Imax Theater Complex, we’ll have an up close and personal performance of the delightful Sons of Britches in the Imax Little Theater. An hysterical, historical, and downright entertaining show, there’s nothing quite like it among the many Branson shows. You’ll come as a stranger, and leave as a friend. The rest of the day is open for shopping, other shows, enjoying some of the other Branson venues, or just plain relaxing in the USPA hospitality room.

 

After the Saturday morning meetings at the hotel (to which ALL pilots are invited), we will have time to explore Branson, such as the Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours, The Copper Run Distillery, Rose O’Neill Home and Museum, and more shopping, shopping, shopping. At 5:00 p.m. we’ll gather at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner for burgers, hot dogs, malts, or whatever suits your appetite. Mel’s offers not only delicious food, but the servers sing and entertain guests while they dine in this 50’s inspired restaurant. Many of the servers are in professional productions, so expect top notch entertainment here!

 

To wrap up a fun day, we’ll enjoy the famous live show, the Haygoods. The five brothers and one sister show set the Sold Out record in Branson last year with 62 Sold Out shows. In Branson since 1993, the Haygoods grew up in humble beginnings in the backwoods of Borne, Texas. As children, they played music and sang at festivals and fairs across the United States. As Dominic Haygood put it, “We always knew we would be musicians and play together, even at a young age. It was in our blood and was our destiny.” By the way, I understand Dominic is a powered parachute pilot!

Sunday morning is departure day, or stay to enjoy more of Branson

Hosting over seven million people each year, come see what all the excitement is about! As a USPA member, affiliated state member, or guest you will enjoy our special group rate at a top notch property, a fun lineup of activities, and great GA fellowship. Sign up now

Hotel: Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills, 203 S. Wildwood Drive, Branson, MO 65616. For additional information check out their website at http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-branson-missouri-MO068. Our rate is $76, plus tax, which includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Call 417 335-4727 for reservations. To obtain our special rate, you must tell them that you are with the United States Pilots Association. The cut-off date for our block of rooms is April 19, so reserve your room now. The hotel can’t guarantee availability or the special rate after that date. There will be a hospitality suite in the hotel.

               Airport and FBO: Downtown/M. Graham Clark Airport (KPLK), 417 332-1848, has offered one night free tiedown and no landing or ramp fees. (They are also providing free coffee for our safety seminar.) Branson West Airport (KFWB), 417 272-3921, will waive one night tie down with fuel purchase. For rental cars, call the airport or Enterprise direct at 417-336-2000, Ext. 4 (ask for Glen or Sam).

Branson Airport (KBBG), Branson Jet Center, 417 334-8234, unknown at time of printing. Please note the Branson Airport has two designators–one for airlines and one for GA. If you are arriving by airline, Branson Airport (BKG) is your destination. Consider sharing rental cars, and make your reservations NOW.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 19

 

3:00 p.m. – Midnight                     Hospitality Room                                                                                                  Hotel

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                     Safety Seminar                                                                                                     KPLK

 

Friday, May 15

 

6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests                                                     Hotel

8:00 a.m. – Midnight                     Hospitality Room                                                                                                  Hotel

10:30 a.m.                                                       Tour National Tiger Sanctuary                                                                            518 State Highway BB,                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chestnutridge, MO 65630

12:30 p.m.                                     Lunch at McFarlain’s Restaurant                                                                         McFarlain’s in Imax Complex

2:00 p.m.                                       “The Sons of Britches”                                                                                         Imax Little Theater

 

Saturday, May 20

 

6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests                                                     Hotel

9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.                    USPA Annual Membership Meeting and                                                            Hotel

Board Meeting – all members and guests invited

Noon – Midnight                           Hospitality Room                                                                                                  Hotel

Afternoon                                     Enjoy Branson                                                                                                      Branson

5:00 p.m.                                       Dinner                                                                                                                   Mel’s Hard Luck Diner

7:30 p.m.                                       The Haygood’s Show                                                                                            3216 W. 76 Country Blvd.

 

Sunday, May 17

 

6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                     Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests.                                                    Hotel

Depart at your leisure or stay and enjoy

more of the Branson area. Thanks for coming!

 

 

REGISTRATION FORM

Name(s) _____________________________________________________________________________

 

Address _____________________________City___________________State_________Zip__________

 

Phone _______________________________ Email__________________________________________

 

Basic Registration (Safety Seminar, hospitality suite, meetings)                                     __________ @ $15.00 ________

 

Tiger Sanctuary Tour                                                                                                                               _________ @ $20.00 ________

The Sons of Britches                                                                                                              _________ @ $15.00­_________

 

The Haygoods Show                                                                                                           __________@ $25.00__________

 

TOTAL ______________

 

If we do not get enough signed up for the shows and dinners well in advance to guarantee a minimum group rate, we will not be able to make deposits and book these things. So please make your decision now. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee group rates.

 

Send registration form with check or credit card information to: USPA, 1652 Indian Point Road, Branson, MO 65616. If you would like to register at a secure website, go to www.uspilots.org.

 

Charge it! M/C____ or VISA____ Card No._________________________________________________ 3 Digit Code ___________

Exp.____________ Signature_____________________________________________________________

 

For more information, call Jan Hoynacki at 417 338-2225 or email at jan@uspilots.org.

 

Air to Ground – By Rose Kern

RoseMarieFebruary 2016

PRACTICE LOW APPROACHES

 

Recently my friend, Dean Gillette, a pilot in New England, send me an email asking if it was possible  to do practice low approaches (PLA) to closed runways.  I felt that was worth some investigation and the answers I found were varied depending on the airport and the controlling facility.
As for airports under direct control:  Order 7110.65 is the FAA’s guide to ATC.  Section 3-3-2 directs controllers to not allow landings on closed runways, but gives them leeway to allow practice approaches if in their opinion it will not adversely affect other traffic, (both on the ground and aloft)  but to inform the pilot the operation will be at his/her own risk.
I took my investigation a step further by calling several ATC towers of varying traffic levels to determine how they handle PLA requests to closed runways.
The largest traffic towers such as LAX do not allow them at all… but the controller stated it is not a problem there since all the approaches are for parallel runways and the aircraft is simply given one of the parallels on which to practice.
If we come down a step to a fairly busy airport with an approach control with no parallel runways but a lot of converging or crossing runways, the answer is different.  The controllers there stated that they do not allow PLAs to closed runways because necessarily the traffic patterns are set up for the active runways.
The towers most likely to grant PLAs to closed runways are ones with lower traffic levels.  They know when the activity taking place on the runway will be affected by overhead maneuvers and if they see the approach is not a factor, they will allow it.
The biggest factor of course is safety.  At airports that have towers the controllers are the ones who assess the situations and determine if a PLA is safe.  When it comes to uncontrolled airports there is no one to stop a practice low approach… but I think I’d want to know why the runway is closed.
If there are people and equipment working on the surface, doing a low approach could distract them at critical moments.   Closed Runway NOTAMs do not normally specify the reason for the closure – they may be allowing the local high school to send up drones or rockets, or there may already be an accident that is in the midst of cleanup, with news helicopters hovering overhead.  I know of one airport that routinely closes the runways for an hour at a time because a parachute jumping school on the airport schedules times they plan to drop students on them.
I think if I was going to a non-towered aircraft VFR, I’d probably contact the airport first and ask what is going on and maybe get their permission just to be safe.   Also, if you are flying IFR and want to do a PLA to a non-towered airport, it will help if you can advise the approach or ARTCC controller that you know why the runway is closed and the manager has indicated a PLA would be allowed.
Editor’s Note: Rose Marie Kern has worked in the Air Traffic Control arena for over 30 years.  You can send your questions to her at author@rosemariekern.com.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

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ALMOST THERE… SENATE APPROVES!!

aopaflag-cmykThe full Senate has passed the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which will now go to the House for consideration. The Senate passed the bill, which includes third class medical reform, by unanimous consent on Dec. 15, less than a week after it was reported out by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The House must also pass the bill before it can go to the president for a signature.

“This is an enormous step toward getting long-awaited third class medical reforms, and we’re excited that the Senate has moved so decisively to get this done,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Without a doubt this has been a real fight, but the passage of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 shows that members of the Senate recognize the value of supporting the general aviation community. This legislation will help hundreds of thousands of general aviation pilots by saving them time, money, and frustration while giving them tools they need to take charge of their health and fitness to fly.”

The bill must also pass the House, where it has 152 bipartisan cosponsors, before it can go to the president for his signature.

“These reforms are vital to the future of general aviation, and we are grateful for the leadership of Senators Jim Inhofe and Joe Manchin as well as Senators John Thune, Bill Nelson, and the 71 bipartisan cosponsors who have made this possible,” said Baker.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 in the Senate in February as a follow up to the original Pilot’s Bill of Rights measure he championed that became law in 2012. In addition to medical reform, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 includes a number of protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions.

Under the medical reforms of Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, most pilots who have held a valid third class medical, either regular or special issuance, within 10 years of the legislation’s enactment would never need to get another FAA medical exam. The rule would apply to pilots flying VFR or IFR in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds and carrying up to five passengers at altitudes below 18,000 feet and speeds up to 250 knots.

Pilots who develop certain medical conditions, including a small list of specific cardiac, mental health, or neurological conditions, will have to get an FAA special issuance medical one time only, significantly reducing the time and money spent navigating the FAA’s medical bureaucracy.

For pilots who have not had a valid medical in the past 10 years and those who have never applied for and received a medical certificate, a one-time third class medical certification by an aviation medical examiner will be required. After a pilot has been medically certified once, either through the regular or special-issuance processes, he or she will also be able to fly indefinitely without needing to go through the FAA medical certification process again.

After pilots have met these requirements, they will need to visit their personal physician once every four years for a medical exam. Pilots will need to fill out a form and provide it to the doctor performing the exam. The pilot must make a note of the visit and keep the signed form in his or her logbook.

The form will include a short medical history questionnaire as well as a list of items the doctor must include in the examination. Following the exam, both the physician and the pilot must sign the form verifying that the items were examined and discussed.

During deliberations prior to passage of the bill by the full Senate, language was added requiring the physician to certify that he or she is not aware of any medical condition that, as it is currently being treated, would interfere with the ability to fly safely.

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are committed to working with doctors and medical organizations to ensure that physicians understand the intent of the form and are comfortable with the requirements so they can keep their patients well and flying.

The process of bringing the bill this far has been one of compromise and negotiation.

“This is a big milestone, and our members deserve credit,” said Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs. “In a climate where only about 3 percent of all bills introduced in Congress actually become law, this is a significant step forward. And while the legislation is not everything we might wish for, it will make a big difference for many, many pilots.”

Unlike today’s third class medical, the new exam and form will not require the doctor to make a “pass/fail” judgment and no information about the exam needs to be provided to the FAA unless it is specifically requested. The FAA can request additional information from a pilot if it receives credible or urgent information, including information from the National Driver Register or the FAA Safety Hotline, that the pilot may not be able to safely operate an aircraft.

In addition to the medical exam by a personal physician once every four years, pilots will be required to take a free online education course on aeromedical factors every two years. The course will be designed to increase awareness and understanding of medical factors that can affect a pilot’s fitness to fly.

Under the bill, the FAA will have a year from the date the legislation becomes law to produce a final rule reflecting the legislation’s provisions. If the final rule is not ready within one year of the bill’s enactment, pilots will be allowed to fly under the guidelines set out in the legislation without facing FAA enforcement action. The legislation also directs the FAA to streamline the special issuance medical process and identify additional medical conditions that AMEs can issue medical certificates for without requiring the pilot to go through the special issuance medical process.

MEDICAL REFORM BILL

SENATEaopaflag-cmyk COMMITTEE PASSES AMENDMENT TO MEDICAL REFORM

FREDERICK, MD – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has passed an amendment offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to S. 571, better known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2). The move brings third-class medical reform, for which the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has been advocating for more than a decade, one step closer to reality.

A full committee vote on the amended legislation was temporarily deferred as a result of scheduling conflicts.

“We are pleased that this vital legislation is still moving ahead, and we look forward to a full committee vote soon,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “The legislation has strong bipartisan support from senators who understand that the third-class medical process is long overdue for reform and want to help hundreds of thousands of pilots fly safely without having to make repeated trips to an aviation medical examiner or submit reams of paperwork to the FAA year after year.”

The committee considered several possible amendments to PBR2 at the Nov. 18 markup, including two offered by Ranking Member Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), but ultimately passed only the Manchin amendment, which had strong support from the aviation community and medical professionals. One amendment offered by Nelson would have required a panel of aerospace medical experts to create a checklist of conditions that could impair the individual’s ability to safely operate an aircraft and which pilots would have to sign along with the physician’s verification.

Opponents argued that doctors are well equipped and in a better position to know what to look for in a standard physical exam as opposed to a federal agency. The other Nelson amendment would have limited certain liability protections to federal employees, whereas the Manchin amendment extends those protections to federal contractors including pilot examiners, aviation medical examiners and others. Both Nelson amendments were defeated 11-13.

“We appreciate the leadership of Sen. Manchin, himself a general aviation pilot, and other committee members who recognize the significance of third-class medical reform to our community,” Baker said. “The fact that this legislation has come so far is also a testament to the engagement of AOPA’s members who have contacted their elected officials more than 94,000 times so far this year to seek their support for PBR2 and medical reform.”

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Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kans., and seven regions across the United States. AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.