House approves $15.7 billion for FAA in 2015

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to provide $15.7 billion to the FAA in fiscal year 2015, representing a slight increase from the current $15.6 billion funding level. Significantly, the bill prohibits the imposition of aviation user fees and also... Continue Reading →

House committee to hold hearing on NextGen’s effect on GA pilots

Posted on June 10th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, June 11, the Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), a pilot who also co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus, will conduct a hearing titled FAA’s 2020 NextGen Mandate: Benefits and Challenges for... Continue Reading →

FAA approves first commercial UAS flights over land

Posted on June 10th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska — the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation... Continue Reading →

Nevada UAS test site now operational

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA announced today that the State of Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. Nevada is the third of six congressionally mandated test sites to... Continue Reading →

What kind of pilot runs out of gas?

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by

Avemco Insurance Co. Vice President Mike Adams will present “What Kind of Pilot Runs Out of Gas?” at the Rochester, N.Y., Safety Stand Down Saturday, June 14. Adams will illustrate how a flight’s fuel looks right, until it isn’t. Continue Reading →

FAA to consider exemptions for commercial UAS movie and TV production

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA reports that seven aerial photo and video production companies have asked for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time. Continue Reading →

Safety focus of international conference

Posted on May 28th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each year representatives from the FAA and other nations gather for an international aviation safety conference. This year the meeting will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of the nation’s capital. The importance of the meetings... Continue Reading →

FAA to expedite limited commercial UAS operations

Posted on May 20th, 2014 by

ORLANDO, Fla. — During a speech at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014, FAA Manager of UAS Integration Jim Williams reported that the FAA is working with several industries to expedite some limited commercial operations of UAS before... Continue Reading →

Alaska UAS test site begins research flights

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational. The FAA has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) authorizing flights by... Continue Reading →

Latest issue of FAA Safety Briefing online

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by

Now online, the May/June 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing is all about Airworthiness Certification and Standards. The issue looks at the hidden dangers of layering supplemental type certificates (STC), who to go to when your plane has an issue,... Continue Reading →