EAA Members Help Diminish Airspace Restriction Threat In Kentucky
January 27, 2006 — EAA's objections to a proposed no-fly zone around the Kentucky state capital grounds in Frankfort have brought assurances from the state's governor that he would not support any such airspace restrictions.
In December 2005, state resident John Patterson (EAA # 266969) alerted EAA Industry and Regulatory Affairs that Kentucky State Senator Julian Carroll had proposed a resolution (BR 66) asking the FAA to restrict flights over the state capitol for national security reasons. EAA responded immediately, contacting the Senator and other key state officials, including Governor Ernie Fletcher, to stop this unwarranted action against the national airspace system (NAS).
On December 21, EAA also distributed an alert to Kentucky members, who responded in force urging Senator Carroll to stop using general aviation as a security scapegoat and to drop the proposed resolution.
EAA received a letter dated January 9, 2006, from Brett C Hall, Kentucky director of communications and planning on behalf of Governor Fletcher's office stating, "Let me assure you that Governor Fletcher does not support Senate Resolution Number BR 66."
However, the resolution has since become Senate Bill SR 9 and, while recent reports indicate the proposed bill has been dropped, it still appears on the Kentucky Legislature website as an active bill before the Senate State and Local Government subcommittee as of January 27. (Senator Carroll is a member of this subcommittee.)
EAA will continue to monitor the issue's status and inform our members when it is officially withdrawn from consideration.