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 →

GA issues stalled until after election

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress is now on its summer recess. Members will reconvene Sept. 8 for a session of just two weeks and two days. Once it adjourns Sept. 23, the Congress won’t meet again until after the November election. This is... Continue Reading →

China to have effect on GA manufacturing

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — China will have a greater effect on the manufacture of general aviation aircraft than it will on commercial airliners, a Senate committee was told Thursday at a Congressional hearing discussing. domestic challenges and global competition in aviation manufacturing. Continue Reading →

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Why hasn’t FAA acted on ADS-B loan guarantee for GA?

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Why has the FAA not taken action on implementing a loan guarantee program for general aviation to prepare for the mandate for ADS-B equipment three years after Congress passed a law approving it? That is a question... Continue Reading →

Texas search group to continue using drones despite FAA court win

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA says a recent court decision regarding the use of drones has no bearing on the agency’s ability to regulate the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), but a Texas organization that brought the action plans to continue using UAS... Continue Reading →

DOT audit says FAA likely to miss drone deadline

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A government report says the FAA will miss the Sept. 30, 2015, deadline set by Congress for drones to share the skies with manned aircraft. The Washington Post said the agency is “significantly behind schedule” in drawing up rules.... Continue Reading →

USA Today goes anti-GA

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 18, the national publication USA Today published an article titled Unfit for Flight. It painted general aviation as a dangerous activity and the manufacturers of aircraft as contributing to general aviation accidents. This is not new. Anti-general aviation... Continue Reading →

Are you ready to share the sky with drones?

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as drones, are moving fast in development. General aviation pilots are starting to delve deeper into the subject as FAA expects as many as 30,000 UAS to be flying in U.S.... Continue Reading →

‘Significant progress’ made on NextGen in last year

Posted on June 22nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It has been one year since FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker took over as Chief NextGen Officer. In his first report to Congress early in June, he noted that “significant progress” has been made. That optimism is... Continue Reading →