WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pilots will get better notices to airmen (NOTAMs) and more equitable treatment from the FAA during any enforcement actions against them as a result of passage of a bill introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), which was passed June 29 by the Senate and sent to the…

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REDDING — When a local group purchased IASCO Flight Training last month, keeping the commercial pilot school in Redding, plans to add a parallel runway at Redding Municipal Airport throttled up.  And building a third runway could mean changes for the Redding Dragstrip, which has operated a quarter-mile track east of the airport since 1953.

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Citing a major victory for airport businesses and employees, the Van Nuys Airport Association, which represents businesses at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California, has struck a deal with the Los Angeles World Airports that reduces closure of the airport’s main runway from Los Angeles World Airports’ proposed 17 weeks to 10 days.

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U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) took to the Senate floor on June 14 to ask for passage of his Pilots Bill of Rights legislation. The effort, however was blocked by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).

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The confusion regarding an airport’s mission is one shared by most general aviation airports. Most airport sponsors (city or county) as well as the non-flying community have little appreciation, and perceive that airports are simply parking lots for airplanes. Those of us in aviation know that just isn’t true.

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