FAA and GA community launch weather safety campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA and general aviation groups will launch an eight-month national safety campaign titled, “Got Weather? #GotWx,” to help general aviation pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and GA leaders will kick-off the Got Weather? campaign this Sunday, May 4, in Anchorage at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.

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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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LAMA rallies industry to comment on FAA policy

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association is encouraging Light-Sport Aircraft professionals and others in the aviation industry to comment on FAA Draft Policy 8130.2(H).

The FAA is proposing that fully built LSA (SLSA) that are converted to Experimental LSA status (ELSA) be restricted to single-place operation only and not be allowed to fly over densely populated areas or at night or to conduct instrument flight rules (IFR) operations. LAMA officials said they believe no safety argument can be advanced to support such onerous restrictions.

The FAA is further proposing that electric-powered aircraft also have the same restrictions. But the policy goes even further, requiring electric-powered aircraft to conduct all operations within a specified geographical area.

Again, no safety argument has been shown to demand such heavy restriction and the action, if enforced, could sharply curtain development of electric-powered aircraft, LAMA officials noted.

The most promising sector of aviation to be early adopters of electric power includes LSA, light kits, and ultralight aircraft, officials added.

Comments must be received no later than March 30.  They should be addressed to Craig.holmes@faa.gov

You can deliver comments by mail or hand to Federal Aviation Administration, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW – Suite 500, Attn: Craig Holmes, Washington, DC 20024

Or Fax comments to 202-385-6475.

EAA strikes deal with FAA over AirVenture controllers

The Experimental Aircraft Association and the FAA have signed two agreements — a Settlement Agreement and a nine-year Reimbursable Agreement — that provide EAA with assurance of air traffic control services on a consistent basis through 2022 for the AirVenture Oshkosh convention.

This ends the uncertainty that began with the FAA’s sudden assessment of ATC fees for the 2013 event and the potential that air traffic support might not be provided this year or in the future unless those fees were paid, according to EAA officials.

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Congressional hearing slated at FAA Technical Center in New Jersey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) will chair a Congressional field hearing at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, located at the Atlantic City International Airport, next Tuesday to examine the Technical Center’s  role in the FAA’s efforts to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system.

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