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Grapevine_Asphalt_ (3)Airpark resident and APA and RAF member Kevin Pettiette shared with us the following letter from Mark Spencer about recent efforts to preserve the asphalt at the Grapevine Airstrip. Mark is Vice President of the Arizona Pilots Association and AZ Liaison & Public Lands Director for the Recreational Aviation Foundation.

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Pilots Bill of Rights 2 Update – Closer than Ever

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has reviewed S.571, better known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, and passed an amendment offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), bringing third class medical reform one step closer to reality. A full committee vote on the amended legislation was temporarily deferred as a result of scheduling conflicts.

You can learn more about PBOR2 by reading AOPA’s Medical Reform Q&A.

Pilot Hiring at Record Levels

According to an article published in “General Aviation News” the aviation industry is on track to hire 4,000 pilots in 2015, a 15-year record. Pilot hiring in 2016 is expected to hit all time record. You can read the article HERE.

RAF Joins Industries Leaders in Support of PBOR2

Seventeen of the nation’s industry’s leaders have joined together in support of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights.  The Third Class Medical has been a huge issue for general aviation, and the Recreational Aviation Foundation supports this amendment.  The letter states:  This amendment stands to reduce barriers to medical certification in a manner that allows for the continued safe operation of general aviation aircraft while providing cost savings to both the FAA and the general aviation community.  You can read the letter HERE.