The FAA posted a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) regarding Salem, Oregon’s McNary Field (KSLE) Class D and E airspace to the Federal Register on May 1, 2015. On Aug. 20, the proposed rule became final. No one noticed.
This happens all too often. I’d hazard a guess that most of the time, it isn’t even a problem. Or at least not a major problem. In this case, the proposed-now-final rule had a significant impact to the area’s airspace. But no one noticed.
No comments were made. Because no one noticed.
Upon learning the damage, the Oregon Pilots Association (OPA) took action. Congressmen were contacted. The Oregon Department of Aviation was contacted. The KSLE tower was contacted. The FAA was contacted… a lot.
So much noise was made, the KSLE airspace re-design has officially entered a do-over phase. [Read more…]
You’re flying along, ATC calls you with a request, you press your push-to-talk (PTT) button, the “T” on your comm radio lights up and you speak. ATC doesn’t hear you. But the “T” is lit? What gives?
Your radio box is just one part of your communications transmitter system. The switches, microphones, cables, connectors and antenna all have to be working properly for you to make clear, readable transmissions. [Read more…]
You should subscribe to the Federal Register.
If someone in the greater Salem, Ore.-area had been subscribed to the Federal Register, they might have seen a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled, “Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace, Revocation of Class E Airspace; Salem, OR” scroll across their email inbox on May 1, 2015, or thereabouts. [Read more…]
“We are trying to give pilots a reason to go flying,” said Rainier Flight Service founder Gordon Alvord. “This goes beyond the $100 hamburger or a flight lesson.”
Aaron Huffman repeatedly shined “a laser into the cockpit of a Washington State Patrol airplane,” over the Labor Day Holiday in 2014. On Tuesday, September 1 a judge sentenced Huffman to six months in jail. According to the The News Tribune story, this is not Huffman’s first run-in with the law. The judge went so far as to advise Huffman “to give up his young son for adoption.”