The FAA expects thousands of birds may be saved each year because of changes the agency has made to its communication tower lighting standards. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has proposed a rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for general aviation airplanes. The FAA’s proposal, which is based on industry recommendations, would reduce the time it takes to get safety enhancing technologies for GA airplanes into the marketplace while also reducing cost. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill has been introduced in the House to extend the authorization of the FAA through July 15.
Meanwhile, the Senate has unveiled its own plan for the agency’s reauthorization. [Read more…]
Now online is the March/April 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which focuses on the leading cause of general aviation accidents – loss of control.
Articles will help pilots better identify loss of control warning signs, as well as fine-tune mitigation strategies and recovery techniques that can improve flight safety in these situations, according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee to develop recommendations for regulations that would allow certain remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) — also known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones — to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft.
FAA officials say they are taking this action to “provide a more flexible, performance-based approach for these operations than what was considered for Micro UAS.” [Read more…]
A proposal to privatize the FAA’s Air Traffic Control services is being met with strong opposition by general aviation advocacy groups.
The proposal, part of the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4441) was
approved Feb. 11 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on a vote of 32 to 26. Besides reauthorizing the FAA — which not only provides funding for the agency, but also lays out Congressional mandates — the proposed bill has a number of reforms, including some long-anticipated by GA, such as third-class medical reform and changes to the certification process.
But it also contains user fees for the commercial segments of GA, as well as the proposal to create a federally chartered air traffic control corporation that would be governed by a board of representatives from the aviation industry, with airline interests making up the majority.
And that’s what makes GA advocates nervous. They worry that this will ultimately result in restricted access to the skies for private pilots. [Read more…]
The FAA is reminding drone owners about this week’s registration deadline.
If you own a drone weighing more than 0.55 pounds, but less than 55 pounds, and you’ve been flying it outdoors or plan to fly it outdoors for hobby or recreation, federal law requires you to register by this Friday, Feb. 19. [Read more…]
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure adopted an amendment to H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, that would protect the rights of private pilots to use the Internet to connect with people who want to share costs for a flight.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched a grassroots campaign in response to the House Transportation Committee’s FAA reauthorization proposal to establish a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation.
The legislation — which poses a significant threat to the entire general aviation community — will be considered Thursday, Feb. 11, by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. [Read more…]