UAVs and sliced airspace

The time is approaching when manned aircraft will be sharing the skies with unmanned drones on a regular basis in the United States.

Late last year the FAA named six UAV operators to test unmanned aircraft flying in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). The testing sites and ranges have not been made final. General aviators should pay particular attention to where these ranges are being proposed.

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New TSA regulation: Aircraft repair station security

Earlier this week the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published its final rule concerning security for aircraft repair stations.

This final rule, which creates 49 CFR Part 1554—Aircraft Repair Station Security, deals specifically with FAA-certified Part 145 aircraft repair stations. Conspicuously missing from the final rule are many of the expensive unfunded security mandates originally proposed, such as ID badges, perimeter fences, and mandatory training.

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UAV eyes in the Open Sky

Do you like taking photos from your airplane? Most flyers do, even if it’s only every once in a while. You should be aware of a legislative slippery slope that’s developing.

Unmanned aircraft are currently in the crosshairs of legislators at varying levels of government. At issue is the ability of UAVs to conduct and record aerial surveillance over private property, an act which many consider a violation of personal privacy.

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Independence Day and the Freedom to Fly

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” Edward R. Murrow

I want to thank the hundreds of flyers who took me up on my offer for the DO NOT CONSENT TO SEARCHES stickers. There are now thousands of those stickers affixed to their new homes, plying the national air space or parked on ramps and in hangars across our United States of America.

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I do not consent to searches


When did American citizens give up Fourth Amendment rights just because they became pilots?

Over the past year, there have been numerous reports of searches of private aircraft without warrants. The accounts described by the pilots also suggest that insufficient cause was given by the law enforcement agencies conducting the searches. This is a disturbing trend.

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Split docket: TSA legislation and user fees

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As we move towards the national elections this November, it’s time to energize our general aviation community once again. There are two issues to examine and let our elected representatives in Washington know how we feel. One issue is the perfect storm: User fees. The second issue is an opportunity to have Congress send to the President’s desk the Air Travelers’ Bill of Rights.

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