Drugs and the GA pilot

Drugs

FAR 91.17 prohibits flying after the use of “any drug that affects the person’s faculties in any way contrary to safety.” Yet every year pilots crash, killing themselves and their passengers, often because the pilot is chemically compromised by over the counter medications.

That’s the big message from a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board on the use of drugs in the pilot population and how it contributes to accidents. The study concluded that drug use of all types, including prescription medications, is on the rise and, therefore, the risk of impairment from drugs is also increasing.

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Group requests landing fee exemption for based aircraft at ISP

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks recently wrote to the Town of Islip, N.Y., requesting it drop recently imposed landing fees on based aircraft at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP). The town imposed landing fees on all aircraft effective Sept. 1, 2014, and for the first time made them applicable to based aircraft. In addition, the new fee schedule established even higher rates for night landings.

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The battle of diversity vs. fragmentation

Election day is only weeks away across America. What used to be a one-day event has stretched into a weeks-long period of collecting absentee ballots by mail and voters streaming to early voting locations. We pick up sides vehemently, often characterizing our own friends and neighbors as the enemy, evil doers who are bent on the destruction of our community, our state, or our country — all because they tend to vote for a team other than the one we identify with.

We took a wrong turn somewhere along the way. [Read more...]