In past years, our mailing address has been linked to the home location of the person who oversees our membership administration. Since we are an organization of volunteers, we have had to change this address in the past as people moved, changed positions, etc.
The good news is that we have recently secured a Sacramento-based address that we intend to use as our permanent mailing address. The new address is:
California Pilots Association
1414 K Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
The bad news is that the US Postal Service did not properly process the change of address form that we submitted to forward mail received at our prior Long Beach, CA address to our new address. We were only made aware of this recently and are in the process of correcting the problem. If you sent mail to our Long Beach, CA address after April 15, then it is possible that your mail was not forwarded properly and may have been returned to you. If this is the case, then we ask that you resend your mail to our new address.
We sincerely apologize for any problems or confusion resulting from the mail forwarding problem.
As always, we are very grateful for your support of CalPilots.
Legislation leaves flying schools up in the air When the Legislature imposed new regulations on private postsecondary schools last year, aimed at protecting students from unscrupulous diploma mills, it unwittingly put small flying schools in a potential spinout.
When the state's previous postsecondary education regulation system was in existence, the flying schools had been exempted from state oversight via an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration, but when that system expired, so did the FAA arrangement.
The new regulatory scheme didn't contain an exemption for the small flying schools, often one- or two-person operations offering lessons on a cash basis, and they could not afford to comply with the rigorous financial and reporting requirements of the new legislation.
Fearing that they would be forced out of business, the flying instructors appealed to the Legislature for relief. Assemblyman Roger Niello,R-Fair Oaks, introduced a bill (Assembly Bill 1140) giving them a one-year respite while an alternative to state regulation was worked out.
Niello's bill, however, got caught up in a standoff between the Schwarzenegger administration and Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada-Flintridge, the author of the anti-diploma mill legislation.
Portantino is carrying a bill (Assembly Bill 1889) to clean up ambiguities in the new program and was willing to include one-year delay for the flying schools, but another provision required that five new employees of the new Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education be stationed in Sacramento.
The governor's office opposed that provision, sought by the Service Employees International Union, as an incursion on administrative authority and threatened a veto. On Friday, Portantino relented and took the SEIU's language out of the bill.
"When it became clear to us the bill might be vetoed, we removed that portion dealing with having the five postsecondary education specialists housed in Sacramento," a Portantino spokeswoman said. "The rest of the provisions in this bill were too important to have it vetoed over this one section."
Maybe yes, maybe no. If enacted, Portantino's bill would not take effect until January while technically, the flying schools came under state regulation last month. Niello's bill, meanwhile, would take effect immediately if passed and signed. "The urgency is important," Niello says.