By Matthew Everett
Flight schools in California have recently experienced some unintended consequences as a result of the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009. Under the act, which offers protection of students from questionable private education practices, the flight schools would be required to pay new fees and open their financials up to regulators.
Fortunately, in a recent move, the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee passed Assembly Bill 1140 which would allow the flight schools 18 months to comply with the 2009 act providing time to develop a more permanent legislative fix. Though numerous hurdles remain, such as fiscal analysis and further hearings, the bill could be sent directly to the Senate floor for a vote.
While there have been significant efforts to pass a legislative fix for the 2009 act, the legislature went in to recess during July, delaying efforts until after the August 1st deadline. After reviewing the act, the AOPA recommended that flight schools apply for a Verification of Exempt Status prior to the August 1st deadline. The AOPA also indicated they do not believe the law has any effect on individual flight instructors.
Source: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association article: California flight schools could see relief from costly regs.
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Matthew Everett is a private pilot, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to AviationSchoolsOnline.com. Check out his aviation blog here.