President Obama’s 2015 budget slaps aviation — again

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015 is not one most in aviation will like. It again contains a $100 per flight fee for some GA flights —the same proposal that has been rejected in the past... Continue Reading →

Sell the sizzle, not the steak

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is not much talk openly about it here, but the steady decline in the number of general aviation pilots has some GA advocates concerned. Continue Reading →

NextGen over budget and behind schedule

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pilots and aircraft owners at all levels of aviation are reluctant to invest in the necessary new equipment for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). One reason is that the FAA has not clearly defined what... Continue Reading →

Over regulation, slow response time and inconsistencies hurt GA

Posted on February 11th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Numerous government regulations, slow response times for decisions, and frequent inconsistencies by the FAA are harming small general aviation businesses. Continue Reading →

FAA reports on drones and NextGen

Posted on February 6th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has made some strides in moving towards modernization, but is behind schedule and not fully geared for some other important issues, a Congressional committee discovered Wednesday, Feb. 5, in a hearing designed to check on... Continue Reading →

Other nations ahead of U.S. in use of drones

Posted on January 16th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States lags far behind other nations in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called drones, but FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a Congressional Committee, Wednesday, Jan 15, that agency will meet its goal of... Continue Reading →

Busy time ahead for GA’s alphabet groups

Posted on January 15th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the election year begins, Congress and the President are ratcheting up actions to gain an upper hand, which is putting issues affecting general aviation in both critical positions and on the back burner. This means a... Continue Reading →

The best of times, the worst of times…

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness.” So said Charles Dickens in “The Tale of Two Cities.” Little did he... Continue Reading →

Waiting for FAA action

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a quip here that asks: Why don’t government workers look out of the windows in the morning? The answer is: If they did that they wouldn’t have anything to do in the afternoon. Things are not... 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 →