Kudos For r3!


            The Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its Special Flight Rules Area rule for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  The new rule imposes flight restrictions on aircraft operating in and around the national capital area.

            Our office designated the rule one of the 2008 Top 10 Rules for Review and Reform as part of the Regulatory Review and Reform (r3) initiative.

            FAA’s final rule creates a smaller restricted airspace than was originally imposed, removing some 33 small airports and helipads from the regulation.  These changes reduce the economic impact of the rule while maintaining the FAA’s security parameters.  The change to a smaller, more uniform, airspace addressed many of the issues raised in public comments and in the r3 nomination.

            The r3 nominator, owner of Potomac Airfield in Maryland, had this to say about Advocacy’s involvement:

I offer that SBA’s Office of Advocacy’s role in FAA’s “Special Flight Rules Area,” and other matters, both in security and more general regulatory activities, has fundamentally changed the way the US Government does business, all to the better. . .

I believe SBA and regflex have taught various agencies to step more carefully, and more lightly. . .

I am optimistic that as a result of SBA activities, our government has achieved a far better balance between security and economy; bringing complex and often conflicting objectives into a more mutually stable position.  That’s a good day’s work!

            To that, we say “Thanks for the kudos!”

— John McDowell



  1. Ginger Finley says

    My business and those surrounding me in my community of Rochester need help with debt consolidation and credit for purchasing machinery, materials, and in my case, contract manufacturing of my own unique products. This manufacturing would provide work and jobs for many other small businesses in Michigan. The ripple effect is huge. Metal shops, powdercoating shops, aluminum casting shops, as well as the retailers who want these products to sell, would all benefit from this manufacturing. Our employees mortgages, groceries, clothing, cars and other purchases, as well as rental of commercial real estate are directly related to the success of our business. Yet – no money can be had. The SBA is completely ineffective as far as helping, even though the website supposedly has help for women-owned business ( mine), manufacturing (mine), and any business who would be able to hire more employees after receiving the money we require to stay in business. Shut down the SBA Women’s office, as there is absolutely nothing they can do. All of these WORDS saying there is help – not true. The SBA website states there is a preapproval process for SBA loans – not true – no such thing.
    The “Stimulus” package in Congress this week SUPPORTS UNEMPLOYMENT, not jobs. Small business in the United States of America are the country’s largest employer by far. Yet- there is not even a mention of help for small business. I have a demand for my products, and can prove it, but to manufacture product takes upfront money, before any sales can take place. Without access to upfront money, the ripple effect will go backwards, taking jobs, mortgages, groceries, retail sales and commercial real estate with it.
    REAL help for the economy is major loan offerings from the SBA – DIRECTLY – for small businesses. Otherwise, shut it down – another waste of taxpayer money. The SBA needs to get on the ball and help the businesses it’s name says it is all about.

  2. Cincinnati Real Estate says

    The changes in the FAA regulations could impact real estate surrounding these smaller airports. Without the regulation there could be a substantial change in the traffic paterns and noise level in these areas impacting property values.

  3. Real Estate Agent says

    The new regulation is somewhat funny, but sure if will affect real estate surrounding these smaller airports.

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