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NextGen months behind schedule, fiscal cliff could push it even farther

Posted on December 13th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is months behind schedule and FAA management faces many challenges before the massive project completes its movement from the planning stages to implementation. Continue Reading →

NATCA warns against sequestration

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation will feel the heavy impact of the mandated 8.2% sequestration funding cut for the FAA if Congress doesn’t act to avert the across-the-board cuts. A report from National Air Traffic Control Association (NATCA) says the... Continue Reading →

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Nation’s money woes put GA in hot seat

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Money is the name of the game as the President and Congress wrestle over what to do with the massive debt the nation has accumulated and to consider a budget for the coming year. The Democratic-controlled Senate... Continue Reading →

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Beware the 3 Rs

Posted on November 26th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pilots — as well as everyone else in the United States — can expect political turbulence over the next months and longer. In fact, what this lame-duck Congress can and will do in the weeks before the... Continue Reading →

GA continues on NTSB most wanted list

Posted on November 15th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation continues on the ‘‘10 most wanted” list issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, but GA organizations point out strides made in advancing the safety rate. Continue Reading →

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Experiences in other nations raise concerns about proposed user fee

Posted on October 17th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress and the president have big taxation problems to resolve before the end of this year, so there will no doubt be a lot of discussion about aviation user fees. On Dec. 31, all the “Bush” tax... Continue Reading →

Bringing the cost of flying down

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Manufacturers of general aviation airplanes, users of those airplanes, and the FAA are taking steps to reduce the costs, complexity, and time involved in certification in an effort to reduce prices and stem the decline in general aviation... Continue Reading →

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Questions abound about proposed user fee

Posted on October 7th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Small Business Committee recently held a hearing about President Obama’s proposal to charge a $100 per flight user fee for some flying. Committee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) came out strongly against the proposal, as... Continue Reading →

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NBAA denounces President’s attack during debate on business aviation

Posted on October 4th, 2012 by

User fees on general aviation are still a threat as President Obama raised their ugly head in his comments on taxes during the debate Wednesday night (Oct. 3) with Mitt Romney. The President’s statement brought a quick condemnation from Ed... Continue Reading →

Recession, fuel costs ground pilots

Posted on September 16th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation is going to have an uphill struggle to get back into the growth mode, according to a 92-page report released late last month. The report is based on the thesis of two researchers at the... Continue Reading →