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General Aviation Airport Coalition GAAC
Washington DC
GAAC’s mission is to preserve and promote our nation’s general aviation airports.
Interests: FAA Reauthorization, Freedom from Government Competition Act (H.R. 1474/S. 785), TSA’s Large Aircraft Security Program User Fees, NextGen, Pilot Training, BARR Program, EPA/Avgas, Airport Privatization
Recent Activity
A lot has happened in the past few's a new year, Congress voted to delay across-the-board spending cuts (aka sequestration) for two months, and finally approved Michael Huerta's nomination for FAA Administrator. Do nothing Congress? I think not ;) Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at The GAAC Blog
Some 233 air traffic control facilities face possible closure should the sequester not be replaced before January, among other cuts to aviation, according to a new report from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. “Once capacity is reduced the aviation community specifically, and entire economy, will take a hit,” the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
Senator DeMint's hold on the Huerta nomination likely to be lifted soon...stay tuned. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
I have a potential tenant that's asking if I'd be OK with him parking his aero trek aircraft trailer system on our tie-downs. Has anyone had any experience with this type of operation and what to look out for? My concerns is how will this be secured to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
Let's share some of our practices to reduce runway incursions. Manassas Regional Airport has a driver training program; Castle Airport requires badges for drivers. What are you doing at your airport? Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
The FAA announced yesterday that it has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Exellence for general aviation. It will focus research and testing efforts on safety, accessibility and sustainability to enhance the future of general aviation. To learn more, go to Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
GAAC was asked to share the following request: ACRP 10-12: Guidebook for Managing Through-the-Fence (TTF) Operations The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) has engaged the project team of Mead & Hunt, Aviation Management Consulting Group, Kaplan Kirsh & Rockwell, Woolpert, and Marr Arnold Planning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
Just as pilots using Chicago Waukegan Airport (UGN) await news of when the airport’s 6,000-foot Runway 5/23 might be extended to 7,000 feet–a more comfortable length for jet operations–comes word that the usable runway length might actually be reduced if various government entities cannot work together. According to Waukegan Port... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
reprinted from, Rob Mark Until the other day, I thought a troll was one of those horrid little creatures living under bridges just waiting for the chance to reach up and scare the dickens out of some little kid. But low and behold, as a reader told me, a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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. For more on the report, go to Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
Happy Monday! Do you have an appraisal form (performance review) for airport managers? If so, please share it with us and we'll post on the GAAC Library. Thank you and have a great week! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
We now have more than 5,500 signatures on our White House user fee petition....we have 6 more days! Sign today at . Next, let's convert these signatures to GAAC members - do we need another contest?! Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
Welcome to the GAAC blog site. This is a place where we can share our comments, idea's and concerns on General Aviation issues with each other while communicating in an open forum. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at The GAAC Blog
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Apr 15, 2012