posted on December 06, 2017 11:03
A weekly update illustrating some of the ways that Helicopter Association International (HAI) is "Keeping the Rotors Turning" for our members.
Government Affairs — Cade Clark
This week all eyes are on Congress as they work through tax reform and keeping the government open past the December 8 financial deadline.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is discussing working with Senate Republicans republicans to see if they have the votes to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government until December. 30, instead of December. 22 as first proposed. The request for a longer continuing resolution is in response to pressure from the House Freedom Caucus.
On tax reform, the House officially named its conferees. On the GOP side: Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Don Young (R-Alaska) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.). The Democratic conferees: Ways and Means ranking member Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). The Senate will appoint its conferees in a couple of days.
The House tax reform bill sets the corporate rate at a 20 percent flat rate beginning in 2018. The Senate version also sets the flat rate at 20 percent, but beginning in 2019.
Let’s go "old school" with a little Schoolhouse Rock! review of how a bill makes it way from the Capital to the White House for enactment into law. Wwhen the House and the Senate pass a different version of a bill, they can hold a conference where the differences are resolved. Party leadership choose members of the conference committee which are usually picked from the committees of jurisdiction. Once the conference reaches a compromise in the form of a conference report, the report goes to the full House and Senate for adoption. Neither chamber can make changes to the report after the conferees approve it. Upon passage in both chambers, the bill moves to the president’s desk for signature.
Regulations and International Affairs – Matt Callan
Last week, HAI Director of Regulations and International Affairs Matt Callan participated in the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Global Summit in Montreal, Canada (27-28 Nov. 27-28 2017). The event was convened by ICAO in cooperation with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. NGAP provided a unique opportunity to promote coordination amongst the aviation community, and develop strategies to engage and retain the next generation of aviation professionals. Unfortunately, Matt Callan was the sole representative from helicopter community, and quickly noticed that this segment of the aviation industry was not adequately represented at the event. However, the NGAP Summit provided Matt Callan with an opportunity to network with government, industry, and academia; and also to participate in mentoring sessions with young professionals.
Matt Callan also participated in the monthly Instrument Flight Procedures Panel (IFPP)/Helicopter Working Group (HWG) teleconference, where he worked with other International IFPP members developing agenda items for IFPP/Session 14, scheduled 12-23for March 12-23, 2018 in Switzerland. Members of the IFPP reviewed proposals for possibly changing point-in-space (PinS) approaches so that helicopter pilots may enter instrument meterological conditions prior to the initial departure point. These changes, if approved, would affect ICAO reference Documents documents 8168 and 8697.