Score one for the little guy... and
for a large pilots' organization. After word got out last month
regarding a proposed ban on pilots under the age of 17 from flying
in New York State, pilots made their ire known to their state
representatives. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports
As ANN reported, AOPA
protested the bill -- which would have prevented student pilots
from flying solo in the state once they turned 16, as allowed by
federal law. The group argued the state was out-of-bounds in
attempting to subvert FAA regulations.
During New York Aviation Day on March 13, AOPA learned that
Assembly Bill 3424 has been removed from consideration. The bill
would have prohibited anyone under the age of 17 from operating an
aircraft or applying for a pilot certificate in New York.
"Vocal New York pilots were the key to preventing this
requirement," said AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Greg
Pecoraro. "Legislators specifically told me that they were pulling
the bill because they had heard from pilots who opposed it."
Pecoraro and Craig Dotlo, AOPA's Northeast regional
representative, also began discussions with legislators aimed at
repealing the student pilot background check law. AOPA has sued the
state, challenging the constitutionality of that law, as well.