Drones gaining acceptance

Posted on June 26th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drones — Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) — are getting greater acceptance worldwide, leading all in aviation to take a new and detailed look into how they will fit into the airspace and how they will affect the... Continue Reading →

Contract towers included in FAA funding bill

Posted on June 26th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funding for contract towers started its long process through government when a subcommittee of the House of Representatives included it as part of the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Transportation, which has the FAA and... Continue Reading →

Is FAA demand double taxation?

Posted on June 12th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each year the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh attracts more aircraft, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts than any other aviation gathering in the United States, but this year EAA is facing paying the FAA an estimated $500,000 for... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on GA brings positives along with negatives

Posted on June 2nd, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation is getting attention here, but the results are mixed between a favorable outlook and a more pessimistic future. The direction it will take seems to be determined more by affecting influences than on the industry. Continue Reading →

NTSB wants meteorological towers marked

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 by

After three accidents involving airplanes colliding with meteorological towers, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended to the Federal Aviation Administration and three other agencies that the towers be marked for additional safety. Continue Reading →

Removing the barriers to innovation

Posted on May 16th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill introduced in Congress May 6 requiring the FAA to set a date for implementing changes in Part 23 is only a part of major changes for certification of aircraft and aircraft products. For the past... Continue Reading →

Challenges ahead for NextGen

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is entering its midterm implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and, while advances have been made, there remain many issues and challenges. That is pointed out in a new report put together... Continue Reading →

The impact of controller furloughs

Posted on April 25th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is a growing concern here that furloughing of air traffic controllers by the FAA is a political move by the Obama administration to put the spotlight on sequestration and get Congress to take action to eliminate... Continue Reading →

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Allies in the fight for GA

Posted on April 21st, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although many in Washington have the mistaken idea that everything of importance takes place here, that is far from the case. More and more in recent years, general aviation interests are recognizing that although much affecting flight... Continue Reading →

Senate committee questions tower closings

Posted on April 17th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of 30 senators have sponsored a bill to prevent the FAA from closing any air traffic control tower in fiscal years 2013 or 2014, while the chairman of the Senate committee concerned with aviation... Continue Reading →