The FAA has released the beta version of a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY” for testing by up to 1,000 users of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). [Read more…]
The unfinished debate over highway funding in Congress is likely to ground hopes for passing a new funding bill for the FAA, according to a report from The Hill.
The FAA bill is scheduled to expire Sept. 30. But Congress is expected to return its focus on highways upon returning to Washington next month, because lawmakers punted debate on a long-term surface transportation-funding bill into October before leaving for their August recess.
Aviation advocates worry that this means aviation will get the short end of the stick when lawmakers return to Washington, according to the report.
Every flight has some level of risk. It’s up to the pilot to review that risk in advance and then develop the appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
One of the best ways of doing this is by using a Flight Risk Analysis Tool or FRAT, according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
Wildlife strike reporting for both commercial and general aviation airports continues to increase, according to a new report by wildlife expert Dr. Richard A. Dolbeer.
At the request of the FAA, Dolbeer recently published the wildlife report, which shows that 47% of the wildlife strikes that occurred from 2009 to 2013 were reported to the FAA’s National Wildlife Strike Database. That number is up from 42% for the previous reporting period of 2004 to 2008. [Read more…]
The FAA is extending the public comment period for its Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex project to Sept. 8, 2015, to allow for a full 90 days of comment.
The project is a comprehensive proposal to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of Southern California. It proposes to replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic procedures with new satellite-based procedures, which are a key component of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). [Read more…]
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has delayed plans to release its proposed FAA reauthorization legislation. That occurred after the House majority leader informed the committee that consideration of the FAA reauthorization bill has been moved to September. [Read more…]
Two more pilots are joining the powerful U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the 114th Congress convenes in January. The Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee will play a vital role in setting long-term spending priorities for the FAA during the 2015 Reauthorization process.
Rep. Todd Rokita, (R-Ind.), is among the 12 new committee members announced on Dec. 10. Rokita is an active pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also an original co-sponsor of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act (GAPPA), which reforms the third-class medical certification process, as well as a member of the House GA Caucus and one of general aviation’s staunchest allies in Congress.
Also joining the committee is freshman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), an inactive pilot and past AOPA member.