Exit ramps, profit, and Yourtown USA

Posted on September 1st, 2014 by

It is well known in most circles that airlines travel on highways in the sky. Admittedly, most folks don’t know those highways are called airways, but the name is logical, whether the general public knows it or not. However, few... Continue Reading →

License or certificate?

Posted on August 31st, 2014 by

If you pilot an aircraft, you probably tell friends you have a pilot’s license. Right? Maybe. What you have now is a pilot’s CERTIFICATE. The FAA issues LICENSES for commercial space transportation. Continue Reading →

NTSB wants your thoughts

Posted on August 31st, 2014 by

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comments regarding its proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures. The agency proposes to organize its procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to... Continue Reading →

NTSB to study drug trends in aviation accidents

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board will consider a study on drug use trends in aviation Sept. 9. It will examine trends in over-the-counter, prescription and illicit drug use documented from toxicology reports of pilots that died in... Continue Reading →

Brrrrr, ka-ching

Posted on August 25th, 2014 by

If you’re connected to social media in any way, you’ve no doubt spent a good deal of time in recent weeks watching people get wet. Like flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, and stuffing as many college kids into a VW bug... Continue Reading →

Video: Jamie Beckett’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted on August 25th, 2014 by

As always, our Politics for Pilots columnist looks at things just a bit differently…Here’s his take on the challenge: Continue Reading →

Ask Paul: The oil filter debate continues

Posted on August 21st, 2014 by

In the July 5 print issue of General Aviation News, reader Dennis Reiley offered his thoughts in Letters to the Editor about my column, “Does my engine need an oil filter?” Here’s a bit of what he had to say:... Continue Reading →

FAA interpretation of cost-sharing flights raises cautionary flags

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A recent ruling by the FAA regarding share-the-expense rides raises a cautionary flag for private pilots to be sure they are in compliance with not-for-hire regulations. The FAA issued a legal interpretation after several groups launched programs that brought together... Continue Reading →

AirPooler wants FAA clarification on ride-sharing interpretation

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Steve Lewis, co-founder and CEO of AirPooler, says the FAA’s announced interpretation of flight-sharing-costs is causing confusion among pilots and urges the agency to clarify what it means. The FAA’s position, he said, is based on a... Continue Reading →

Action, reaction, over-reaction

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by

In the political arena opinions are rampant. Facts are often scarce, and statistics are often tweaked until reduced to little more than useless gibberish designed to support an otherwise unsupportable argument. This is true in every town, every state, and... Continue Reading →