Congress returns to busy schedule

Posted on September 8th, 2013 by

After its August vacation, Congress returns to Capitol Hill Sept. 9 with a full plate of issues, some of which will directly affect general aviation. As usual in Washington, money is on top of the plate. Continue Reading →

Mark Baker with his Piper Super Cub.

Taking the reins at AOPA

Posted on August 25th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has a new president: Mark Baker. Rumors of the appointment were rampant at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, but the official announcement wasn’t made until Aug. 20. Baker is only the fifth... Continue Reading →

Proposed AD could have devastating effect on GA

Posted on August 22nd, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the 1940s to the 1970s, Max Karant was a senior vice president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) who tirelessly and fearlessly fought for the interests of GA. Even though he frequently was blunt... Continue Reading →

Small airplane revitalization act passes Senate committee

Posted on July 31st, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Commerce Committee’s voice vote passage Tuesday, July 30, of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act moved the bill closer to passage by the full Congress, requiring the FAA to put into effect changes to Part 23... Continue Reading →

FAA makes certification rule change proposals public

Posted on July 29th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has released to the public the 335-page report of the Aviation Rule Making Committee set up to recommend broad changes in the certification of general aviation aircraft in an effort to increase the safety of... Continue Reading →

NextGen still facing unresolved issues

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The FAA’s program for the Next Generation Air Traffic Control system (NextGen) has made some progress, but still lacks major planning decisions and actions that can both delay implementation and substantially increase the cost. Continue Reading →

NTSB concerned about go-arounds

Posted on July 14th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board wants the FAA to modify its procedures for directing traffic around major airports. This is to reduce the possibility of mid-air collisions when a landing aircraft must conduct a go-around. Continue Reading →

Jet market forecast to grow

Posted on July 14th, 2013 by

The market for the sales of business jets is expected to grow over the next 20 years, according to a report issued by Bombardier Aerospace. Continue Reading →

House Committee passes GA revitalization act

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C.—An aviation committee in the House of Representatives passed by unanimous vote the Small Airplane Revitalization Act Wednesday, July 10 — the first step toward cutting certification costs on aircraft and equipment. Continue Reading →

Anthony Foxx confirmed as secretary of transportation

Posted on July 1st, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C.—By a unanimous vote of 100 to 0, the Senate approved Anthony R. Foxx as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, replacing Ray LaHood. Foxx was mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, a post he had held since Nov.... Continue Reading →