GA priorities get ‘robust funding’ in omnibus appropriations bill

Posted on January 14th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today thanked U.S. House and Senate negotiators for recommending robust funding of two key GA priorities — the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service and the transition to an unleaded aviation fuel for piston... Continue Reading →

10 new members named to FAA Management Advisory Council

Posted on January 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today appointed 10 new members to the FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC), which advises the FAA on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters. Continue Reading →

FAA apologizes for delay on 3rd class medical petition

Posted on January 12th, 2014 by

In a story posted on AOPA.org, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports that FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has formally responded to a request for an update on the status of the association’s third-class medical petition. In a Dec. 26 letter,... Continue Reading →

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 AOPA.org.  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 →