Webinar to discuss effects of aviation noise

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The potential effects of aviation noise will be explored in a webinar May 29 conducted by the Transportation Research Board. An hour-and-a-half program will discuss noise concerns at airports.

Issues include possible effects of aviation noise on hearing, sleep, health, annoyance, and learning environment.

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GA loses a champion

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Widespread dissatisfaction with politics is feeding a movement to promote limits on the length of time an elected federal politician may serve. Stripped of all its meaningless rhetoric, that movement boils down to one point: Limit the terms of those with whom I disagree, but don’t touch the ones I admire.

Whatever one’s political persuasion might be, general aviation recently lost a friend who served a long time in the House of Representatives: James Oberstar. Passionate about the need for proper transportation of all types throughout the United States, Oberstar knew well the value of general aviation.

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NTSB recommends FAA, National Weather Service improve weather forecasts to pilots

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board said May 7 that the National Weather Service and the FAA should provide improved forecast services to pilots.

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Government and GA groups differ over security actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While aviation groups here are seeking to reduce the way general aviation pilots are stopped for questioning about possible terror flights, at the same time a powerful Senator was declaring concern about gaps in GA security.

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Questions surround NextGen

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA reported earlier this month that it had completed nationwide equipment installation for the NextGen aircraft tracking system.

The announcement — like others in the past and probably those in the future — raises more questions than it provides answers, particularly for general aviation.

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FAA issues second GA airport study

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has issued its second study of general aviation airports, called ASSET 2, this time covering 497 airports that did not fit into a category under the original study.

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Are federal regulations helping to increase flying costs?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If costs of flying have increased in recent years, one reason might be new federal regulations on small businesses, such as FBOs, airport managers, and others who must raise prices to meet increases in their costs of doing business.

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FAA pursues rulemaking on third class medical

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is moving ahead with the rulemaking process to possibly expand the number of pilots eligible to fly without the need for a third-class medical certificate.

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Warning signs in FAA forecast

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The recently released forecast by the FAA for 2014 to 2034 is generally upbeat for aviation, but when digging into the big report it had a picture not so rosy for much of general aviation. This should send an alert to GA’s alphabet groups and those in the industry to rev up their programs.

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Light at the end of a long tunnel of decline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation might be seeing some light at the end of the long tunnel of decline, according to comments from officials from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) at their annual “state of the industry” press conference.

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