Inhofe, Manchin urge full funding of FAA contract towers

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) today sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the SAC’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) urging them... Continue Reading →

Latest edition of FAA Safety Briefing online

Posted on January 9th, 2014 by

The January/February 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores the role technology plays in keeping general aviation safe and efficient. Articles discuss the many benefits of emerging technologies as well as the potential safety hazards of being too technologically focused. Continue Reading →

CFIs tell FAA: Policy change will hurt aviation safety

Posted on January 8th, 2014 by

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) have informed the FAA that an unexpected change in agency policy on Letters of Authorization (LOAs) for GA flight simulators will harm aviation safety, create a burden on the industry, and run... Continue Reading →

New study illustrates roadblocks to modernizing ATC

Posted on January 6th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON D.C. — A new Hudson Institute study finds that America’s air traffic control system has fallen seriously behind modern information technology. Case studies illustrate the organizational roadblocks preventing the FAA from modernizing its flight procedures, communications and navigation technology,... Continue Reading →

FAA names six sites for UAS research

Posted on January 1st, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has selected the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. Continue Reading →

Budget deal could be good news for FAA — and GA

Posted on December 29th, 2013 by

Shortly before leaving for winter recess, congressional leaders reached a budget agreement that could be good news for the FAA — and general aviation, according to a report at  The budget deal, reached between Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and... Continue Reading →

FAA to delay sleep apnea policy

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by

The Experimental Aircraft Association is reporting that the chairman of its Aeromedical Advisory Council, Dr. Stephen Leonard, learned from the FAA Thursday, Dec. 19, that the agency will delay implementation of its new sleep apnea policy planned for next month... Continue Reading →

Wichita State University researcher named FAA’s Outstanding Student of the Year

Posted on December 17th, 2013 by

Matt Opliger, a graduate student in aerospace engineering and research engineer for Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), has been named 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA. Continue Reading →

One pilot’s experience with an apnea diagnosis

Posted on December 15th, 2013 by

Mike, a Chicago area pilot, shares his experiences with apnea on his blog, as well as his thoughts about what the new proposal means: “As a pilot with apnea I thought it time to share my experiences and weigh in... Continue Reading →

Congressman calls for early start on FAA reauthorization

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by

WASHINGHTON, D.C. — Now is the time to begin laying the groundwork for reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said during a speech before the International Aviation Club Dec. 11. Although reauthorization isn’t due until September... Continue Reading →