New Determination Allows Transportation Security Officers To
Affirming the fears of those who see the TSA on a
never-ending spiral toward trouble, TSA Boss John Pistole has
decided to allow Transportation Security Officers to engage in
collective bargaining... despite the original promise that no
aspect of the TSA would be allowed to such union activity when
it was created in the wake of the fear and hysteria following
The FAA has formed an aviation rulemaking committee to provide
recommendations to further the development and deployment of an
unleaded avgas with the least impact on the existing piston-engine
Law Firm Offers To Assist Pro Bono Against Olive Grower
In a development favorable to the balloonists being sued by
olive grower JCM Farming, a lawyer in Palm Desert has offered to
defend the balloon companies against what he calls "bullying" on
the part of the olive grower.
Portable Unit Could Inspect Any Airplane On Any Ramp
Following a study of the general aviation "screening problem,"
American Science and Engineering has been awarded a research and
development contract to design and build a prototype device to
screen general aviation aircraft.
Senator Vows to Fight Any Proposal to End Essential Air Service
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV
vowed on Thursday to fight “tooth and nail” to protect
the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, a program that provides
critical funding to support commercial air service to underserved,
rural communities across the country.
Government Employees Union Lobbies Senate To Defeat Amendment
To Bar TSA Collective Bargaining
The American Federation of Government Employees on Thursday
urged Senators to vote against an amendment to the FAA
Authorization bill sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
which would prevent Transportation Security Officers from
joining the union and remove others from union rolls.
"Essentially, while the EPA can regulate what comes out
of the tail pipe, the FAA has to regulate what goes in the fill
pipe.” Source: Rob Hackman, AOPA
vice president of regulatory affairs and liaison to the GA Avgas