Safety focus of international conference

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 is expressed by the FAA in its statement on this year’s meeting: “In a rapidly changing aviation industry, we can never be complacent.”

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Alaska UAS test site begins research flights

Aeryon Scout

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 an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex in Fairbanks. The team began the wildlife flight operations May 5.

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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.