FAA Reauthorization – The Polis Amendment to Restore Local Control

August 18, 2017

Not surprisingly, the Longmont Airport Advisory Board (AAB) does not want local control over aviation, or apparently any control for that matter – polluting industries rarely do.  The chairman of the AAB sent this  letter to Longmont city council opposing the Polis Amendment.

 Longmont residents, do you believe that the AAB is representing the interests of the Longmont community, or are they strictly serving aviation interests?  Council needs to hear from you.

CALL TO ACTION – Summer 2017

FOR ALL QUIET SKIES SUPPORTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES – BUILDING SUPPORT FOR THE POLIS AMENDMENT TO THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION:
1.)  If your U.S. House Rep is Jared Polis (D-CO) then please send him a note of thanks for presenting the Polis Amendment and skip to step #3 below.

2.) Please contact your U.S. House Representative today to urge support for the “Polis Amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill”, which will restore local control over general aviation airports.

Tell your representative that you support local control over general aviation airports so that local governments can adopt sensible noise regulations to protect their communities from excessive aviation noise.  Without this amendment, local governments will continue to be prevented by the Federal Aviation Administration from adopting any noise regulations.

Find your House Representative Here:

3)  Share this email far and wide with others across the U.S. who support local control and sensible environmental regulations.  If adopted, this amendment will be a game changer at general aviation airports all across America.

AN EXAMPLE

If you are calling, then just a brief 3-4 sentences will suffice.  The most important thing to tell your U.S. House Rep is “I am your constituent and I’m calling to urge you to support the Polis Amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill.  This Amendment will restore much-needed local control over general aviation airports, and allow the airport operator to adopt sensible noise regulations to protect their communities from excessive aviation noise.”  Feel free to add a couple of sentences from your personal experience, indicating why you support local control and sensible environmental regulations.

Please Call, Write, Spread the word!

4.)  Thank the Longmont City Council.  Longmont and Boulder County residents, please join us in thanking the Longmont City Council for taking a stand in support of local control over airport noise regulations.  At the urging of concerned citizens like you, in May 2017, Longmont sent a letter to Ken Buck urging him to support and co-sponsor the Polis Amendment to the FAA Reauthorization.  You can read the letter here.

5.  Sign our online petition:  Urge Congress to adopt regulations to reduce airplane noise

Polis Amendment – full
Current Abridged Version of the Polis Amendment to the FAA Reauth

AMENDMENT TO
RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115–25 OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO

At the end of title VI, add the following:

SEC. ll. AUTHORITY OF GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORTS TO RESTRICT FLIGHTS.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the owner or operator of a general aviation airport is authorized to restrict the number and type of aircraft operations for compensation or hire occurring at the airport, including flights originating or landing at the airport, and the dates and times of such operations.

(b) COMMUNITY INPUT.—In exercising authority under subsection (a), an owner or operator of a general aviation airport shall take into account input received from individuals and entities in communities surrounding the airport.

(c) FEDERAL FUNDING.—No Federal funds may be withheld from or denied to a general aviation airport based solely on an exercise of authority by the owner or operator of the airport under subsection (a).

…EMERGENCIES and DEFINITIONS

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