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 →


Getting GA’s message to lawmakers

Posted on April 1st, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When lobbyists want Congressional help on issues, they usually seek out members with interests in that issue in a caucus. The informal, bipartisan groups are found in both the House and Senate. But until recently, there were... Continue Reading →

Why get upset about towers closing?

Posted on March 28th, 2013 by

Starting April 7, the FAA will close 149 contract air traffic control towers to help reduce expenditures as required by sequestration. General aviation uses thousands of airports that do not have towers, so why are GA advocates getting upset over... Continue Reading →

Lackluster growth predicted for GA

Posted on March 14th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation will grow over the next 20 years, but at a rate of only 1/2 of 1% a year, according to the FAA. Continue Reading →

NTSB preparing videos on GA safety alerts

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is preparing short videos about five safety alerts for general aviation covering the most frequent types of GA accidents. The videos will be available this spring and feature regional air safety... Continue Reading →

Some question FAA’s selection of sequestration cuts

Posted on March 11th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sequestration hasn’t caused the sky to fall in Washington, but there are indications some efforts are being made to pull it down to meet the dire threats of disasters that have been put forth. Continue Reading →

Tower closures and furloughs: Are they necessary?

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The FAA intends to send furlough notices to its employees, meaning in early April fewer controllers will be on the job unless Congress acts before that to make some changes to sequestration. The National Air Traffic Controller Association says... Continue Reading →

FAA administrator tells Congress how agency is preparing for sequestration

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a Congressional subcommittee Wednesday, Feb. 27, the agency has put in a hiring freeze, cut travel and is preparing for furloughs of employees as sequestration appears certain to become effective March 1. Continue Reading →

Fiscal problems lead to conflict, confusion and uncertainty

Posted on February 26th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — March is a windy month. That is expected to be especially true this March in the nation’s capital, with much activity, conflict and confusion as lawmakers try to sort out the nation’s fiscal problems. All this activity... Continue Reading →

Sequestration’s effects on general aviation

Posted on February 25th, 2013 by

Any sequestration that goes into effect won’t be felt entirely until April 1 because furlough notices must be given one month in advance. Will sequestration last that long? Or longer? Few even hazard guesses at this time, but if it... Continue Reading →