Many thanks to GAAC member John Ohrazda from Lee's Summit Municipal Airport for sharing the following:
The August 8th Federal EPA deadline mandating that all Underground Storage Tank (UST) facility owners/operators must have Class A , Class B and Class C operators trained and/or tested (as regulated by each state) is fast approaching. These tests measure the operators' knowledge of underground storage tank system operations. The mandate applies to all UST systems including gas stations, marine, farming and aviation.
Facility owner/operators should have received letters from their respective states outlining certification requirements. If you have not received a letter, contact your state's EPA or visit its website for specific details.
Although the August 8th deadline is in effect, several states have granted an extended grace period and will not begin issuing penalties until that time. http://www.epa.gov/oust/fedlaws/optraing.htm
The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to vote July 31 on Michael Huerta's nomination for FAA Administrator. If approved by the Committee, the nomination heads to the Senate floor. There is talk that Republicans may try to hold up the nomination as they hope to gain control of the White House in November. If you'll recall, the FAA Administrator serves a 5-year term independent of the president. Huerta has been Acting Administrator since December 2011, when Randy Babbitt resigned the post after an DUI arrest (charges were later withdrawn).
Fun fact: Huerta and presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney worked together on the Salt Lake City Olympics.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on Wednesday during a transportation security hearing that identified weaknesses in the TSA's procedures for ensuring foreign flight students do not pose a security threat.
DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III told Members of Congress that privately operated air traffic control towers are cheaper to run than those staffed by the FAA. And, while their safety records are similar to FAA towers, the agency could do a better job overseeing the private towers. The IG's recommendations include better incident reporting and periodic inspections.
Just an FYI- the House Transportation and Infrastructure's Aviation Subcommittee is hosting a hearing on Wednesday, July 18 to review the cost-effectiveness of the FAA's contract tower program. The Inspector General is updating its 2003 audit of the program that compared the safety and cost-effectiveness of contract towers and FAA-controlled towers.
FAA Takes a Fresh Look at GA Airports By Scott Spangler on May 29th, 2012
Taking “A fresh look at the many roles General Aviation Airport play in the National Air Transportation System,” the FAA recently released the 34-page report of its in-depth, 18-month study of roughly 3,000 airports, General Aviation Airports: A National Asset.
By activity level, the study groups GA airports into four categories: national, regional, local, and basic. Each more clearly defines an airport’s functions and economic contribution to its hometown, and the nation as a whole.
As you know, last week the FAA released its long-awaited study on GA airports. Of the nearly 3,000 GA airports reviewed, FAA grouped 2,400 into one of four distinct categories - national, regional, local, and basic. Are you satisfied with your categorization? What do you think about the data that FAA used? Did they get it right?
The General Aviation Airport Coalition has initiated a petition on the White House website that, if signed by 25,000 people or more by May 16, 2012, will elicit an official response by the Administration about how they determined that the $100 fee is fair. Even if we don't get the 25,000 signatures, a significant showing on this petition will help us continue to make noise on this issue that just won't go away.