Opportunity to improve TSA regulations

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by

Have you ever wished that you could change the regulations regarding aviation security? If so, now’s your chance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking public comment Continue Reading →

Keeping the skies safe as UAV testing begins

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by

I’m not against UAVs. What I am against is fencing off parts of the sky from the flyers who were here first in the interest of UAV testing. I’m also not for rolling the dice with the lives of fellow... Continue Reading →

UAVs and sliced airspace

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by

The time is approaching when manned aircraft will be sharing the skies with unmanned drones on a regular basis in the United States. Late last year the FAA named six UAV operators to test unmanned aircraft flying in the U.S.... Continue Reading →

New TSA regulation: Aircraft repair station security

Posted on January 16th, 2014 by

Earlier this week the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published its final rule concerning security for aircraft repair stations. This final rule, which creates 49 CFR Part 1554—Aircraft Repair Station Security, deals specifically with FAA-certified Part 145 aircraft repair stations.... Continue Reading →

UAV eyes in the Open Sky

Posted on October 20th, 2013 by

Do you like taking photos from your airplane? Most flyers do, even if it’s only every once in a while. You should be aware of a legislative slippery slope that’s developing. Unmanned aircraft are currently in the crosshairs of legislators at... Continue Reading →

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Warrantless searches without consent: Now what?

Posted on July 16th, 2013 by

Over the past month I’ve received more than 500 emails requesting I DO NOT CONSENT TO SEARCH stickers. The most common follow-on question I’ve received is: “If law enforcement doesn’t have a warrant to search my aircraft and I tell... Continue Reading →

Independence Day and the Freedom to Fly

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” Edward R. Murrow I want to thank the hundreds of flyers who took me up on my offer for the DO NOT CONSENT TO SEARCHES stickers. There are now thousands... Continue Reading →

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I do not consent to searches

Posted on June 16th, 2013 by

When did American citizens give up Fourth Amendment rights just because they became pilots? Over the past year, there have been numerous reports of searches of private aircraft without warrants. The accounts described by the pilots also suggest that insufficient... Continue Reading →

DHS-ICE and Foreign Student Flight Training

Posted on January 3rd, 2013 by

When it comes to teaching students from other countries to fly, it’s no longer good enough to be a Part 61 flight school or an independent flight instructor. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs... Continue Reading →

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Flight instructors blindsided by GAO report

Posted on July 22nd, 2012 by

When you eat bananas, the best people to ask how the bananas taste are those who eat bananas. When you want to know about growing bananas, you ask those who grow the bananas. So if you do an investigative report... Continue Reading →