HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules

HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules 19 May, 16, Source: HAI

HAI and five other general aviation associations yesterday wrote to key congressional committee leaders to prevent a move to amend a federal bar to states issuing laws or regulations related to air carrier prices, routes, or services.

The move was contained in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochrane (R-Miss.) and the panel’s ranking minority member, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and that panel’s ranking minority member, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore).

Also signing the letter were the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Business Aviation Association, Air Medical Operators Association, and the Association of Air Medical Services.

The prohibition is contained in the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act. House report language for that law said that lack of specific language on federal and state jurisdiction over aviation had “created uncertainties and conflicts.”

The existing law “has provided legal certainty for air carriers and customers and a single set of rules for the inherently interstate activity of aviation.”

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