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The mission of the Minnesota Pilots Association (MNPA) is to promote and protect aviation in our State through advocacy, education, outreach and social activities.  Our association firmly believes that a healthy aviation community is an invaluable asset to the State of Minnesota.  MNPA membership and volunteers join to act as the voice of pilots, aviation enthusiasts and supporters of aviation in Minnesota.

President's Briefing

The deadline for comments on the FAA Rulemaking is September 5, 2014.  Please take a moment to register your comment, as this is vitally important for those of us who value our hangars, and the use of our hangars for aviation-related activities…like working on our aircraft.

Please also take a moment to read the comments of others who have taken time to share their views and experiences.  For example, the following comment bears reading: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0463-0209.  I am particularly troubled by this gentleman’s experience.

You can register your comments at the following address:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!home

for Docket Number FAA-2014-0463,  Policy on the Non-Aeronautical Use Of Airport Hangars .

You can read the entire Rulemaking at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/22/2014-17031/policy-on-the-non-aeronautical-use-of-airport-hangars#h-13.

Thank you!

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Senators Say Medical Reform is a Time-sensitive Issue

In a letter September 2 letter, a group of 11 senators (none of them from Minnesota) urged the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the Office of Management and Budget director Shaun Donovan to take quick action on the FAA’s proposed revision to the third class medical rule.  Please check out http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2014/September/03/Senators-urge-quick-action-on-medical-reform#.VAoB_mof6Ys.facebook for a full report!

FAA Proposed Rule Making for Hangar Use

The FAA says most of the work involved in building an airplane is a “non-aeronautical use” and it has singled out homebuilders in a new proposed policy statement issued July 22. Policy on the Non-Aeronautical Use Of Airport Hangars says homebuilders will have to build the components of their projects elsewhere and can only move to a hangar for final assembly. Comments are being accepted until Sept. 5 and can be submitted online citing docket number FAA-2014-0463. EAA says the FAA’s proposed policy on hangar use at federally funded airports is a lot better than the previous rule and, for the first time, offers homebuilders some protection. “It is in fact an improvement,” Doug  Macnair, EAA’s VP of Government told AVweb.”It actually protects our community for the first time.” Macnair said the issue came to a head two years ago after a dispute at Glendale Airport near Phoenix brought the hangar use issue to the FAA’s attention. The dispute prompted an audit of airport operations all over the country that found numerous violations of the “extremely restrictive” existing policy, which is that hangars are for airplanes and the items needed to keep them flying. Period. He said EAA has been at the forefront of an effort to keep the FAA from applying the letter of the existing law to airports while negotiating with the feds to come up with a policy that more realistically represents the activities at airports. “At one point we even had a discussion about whether book shelves should be allowed.” So, while building the subcomponents of airplanes is not allowed under the proposed policy, the ability to get the airplane ready for flight will be enshrined and Macnair says that’s a huge win. “You have to realize where we’re coming from,” he said. “It [building aircraft] was not legal to do at all.” Along the way, Macnair said the FAA relented on the incidental storage and placement of a reasonable amount of non-aeronautical items in the hangar as long as they don’t get in the way of the aviation that is supposed to go on there. So furniture, appliances and other things that help keep the “friendly environment” going at airports will be OK. My first read of this led me to think that this was not good for aviation, but further research pointed out that there are many, many hangars at our airports that have no aircraft present in them, with some being used to run even non-aviation businesses.  Unfortunately, such use of hangars has come back to haunt those of us who truly use hangars for aviation. Please take a moment to submit your comments on docket number FAA-2014-0463.

EAA Chapter Young Eagle Event

Folks, Mark Heule from EAA Chapter 237 is in need of help. 237 is hosting a Young Eagles Rally at Key Air tomorrow morning (Sunday,July 13th) in conjuction with a Collings Foundation event in which some warbirds are making an appearance. There is a major soccer event at the National Sports Center and kids from there may well be attending the Rally. Mark needs ground crew as well as pilots/aircraft. 237 is setting up from 7:30 to 8, flying beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you can help, please contact Mark at 763-234-8428 . This is a terrific opportunity to get some kids in the air!

Thanks.
Randy Corfman

3rd Annual Lake Minnetonka Airshow a Success!

Our very own Mike Wiskus lead a team of aviators for the 3rd Annual Lake Minnetonka Air Show on the 4th of July, and it was a terrific success.  for an interview preceeding the Air Show, please go to KARE 11’s website at http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/events/celebrate-summer/2014/06/30/3rd-annual-lake-minnetonka-air-show/11795941/. Congratulations, Mike and crew, for a job well done!