Letter: Dismantle the FAA’s involvement in medical certification?

By Jim Posner, Poulsbo, Wash.

I have long thought that the FAA should NOT be in the medical certification business, at least for Part 91 operations.  Ever since my denial – despite letters from my doctors specifically stating that I am good to go – I have tried to understand why they should consider themselves more qualified to determine my fitness to fly than my own experts.  I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical training.  My primary care physician is a former AME-equivalent in the military so is very familiar with “fitness to fly” criteria. [Read more…]

The closing of Mattituck


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I believe it was in 2003 that my brother told me about a program called the Mattituck Engine Workshop sponsored, as you can guess, by Teledyne Mattituck Services. It was free and all you had to do was to get there. The program took a group of people, put them in a room with a bunch of parts and a Mattituck technician, spend a few hours together and at the end of the day, we took a group photo of all us standing behind the completely assembled engine like proud parents.

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Letter: Volunteer Pilot Safety Stand Down a success

By Lindy Kirkland, President, The Air Care Alliance

First, let me say a big thank you for helping make the Volunteer Pilot Safety Stand Down (Sit up?) a big success.  All the comments I heard from pilots attending were very positive and encouraging.  I also appreciate AOPA promoting Public Benefit Flying by providing a summary of the event on e-Pilot today.  While the Air Care Alliance was very proud and honored to be a part of this great event, the real credit for its success goes to Steve Craven and Angel Flight Mid Atlantic.  Steve was the one who developed the initial concept and approached NTSB with the idea of this event.  Angel Flight Mid Atlantic was responsible for coordination and planning and provided the website for registration.   I just want to ensure the appropriate folks get recognized for their great work.

Bye Bye 3rd class medical


I read your post article, “Bye, Bye 3rd Class Medical,” and was very interested to learn that the FAA, or at least some individual within that organization, was actually reasonable enough to consider this long overdue idea. I have my own horror stories about dealing with the FAA and their Aeromedical branch and am therefore glad to hear that there are steps being considered that just might relieve the volume of presentations put before this understaffed branch on a monthly basis.

It has, since the creation of the sport pilot regulations, seemed to me that the 3rd class medical requirements currently regulated by the FAA are skewed. [Read more…]

Calling Chris Christiansen


I just read Meg Godlewski’s about Chris Christiansen’s Savor homebuilt aircraft and I wanted see if we could get in touch. I am an advisor in an Aviation Explorer Post in Mesa, Arizona. We teach kids how to fly and maintain an aircraft at Falcon Field and I thought that our young people would be very interested in what you did. I was hoping we could even arrange a visit to you since we are in neighboring cities. Someone like you who has designed and built their own aircraft (from scratch!) could inspire our Explorer kids into numberless possibilities! If you read this and would be willing to talk, please contact General Aviation News — I’d be very appreciative.


A FlightPrep fan


I’ve read with considerable interest on this and other sites about the FlightPrep patent enforcement efforts and some concerns that have been expressed by the flying community.  I’m not quite sure I understand what all the fuss is about, but then, I come at the issue with a perspective that is perhaps different than most.

First, I’m an attorney with almost 27 years of legal experience.  I’ve read and, believe or not, actually understand the FlightPrep patent that’s at issue here.  Second, I’m a commercial pilot with almost 24 years of flying experience.  Third, I’m a frustrated software developer who has satisfied that frustration, to some degree, by being a beta tester for numerous real developers for more than 25 years.  Among them has been the Stenbock-Everson team in its various iterations since late 1980s.

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Why teaching the young to love flying is important


When I was 8 years old, I loved to watch the Stearman crop duster airplanes spray our fields for insects. I would marvel at these crop duster pilots flying under telephone lines and pulling back up into the air with the roar of the big engine. Then I got to meet a crop duster called B Mac. He was my hero. [Read more…]