Waiting for FAA action

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a quip here that asks: Why don’t government workers look out of the windows in the morning? The answer is: If they did that they wouldn’t have anything to do in the afternoon. Things are not... Continue Reading →

Aviation tax reform…indeed

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

Jeff Smisek is the CEO of United Airlines. His CEO Letter in the November issue of Hemispheres Magazine was titled, “Aviation Tax Reform,” which caught my eye. “The taxation system across transportation modes is broken, and airlines and our customers... Continue Reading →

One size does not fit all

Posted on January 1st, 2014 by

Imagine walking into a restaurant, sitting down, grabbing a menu, and finding only a single item listed there. One entree, that’s it. And let’s limit it to only one size of that entree. You don’t get to choose between the... Continue Reading →

FAA names six sites for UAS research

Posted on January 1st, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has selected the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. Continue Reading →

The covered dish

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Andy Williams assures us that it is. For pilots, it can be. Predicable winter fronts can be followed by a day of wind, then a day or two of CAVU. It ain’t... Continue Reading →

NTSB issues 5 general aviation safety alerts

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five general aviation safety alerts were issued by the National Transportation Board the week before Christmas, citing the government agency’s focus on reducing GA accidents. Continue Reading →

Self-fueling: Do it legally and safely

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by

Reader John Schreiber recently suggested we provide a link to Rick Durden’s AVweb article from Dec. 26 concerning self-fueling, as well as this FAA Docket 16-05-09 from 2009 defending pilots’ rights to self-fuel. Safety concerning self-fueling can not be overemphasized.  Continue Reading →

Mogas confessions

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by

GAfuels reader Pete Howell of the Minneapolis area recently posted an article in the newsletter of the Minnesota Wing of Van’s Air Force describing his experiences burning mogas in his Lycoming O-320 – powered RV-9A. Here is an excerpt: “Why... Continue Reading →

Mentoring our way to success

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by

Every week or two I spend time with a young man I have come to respect. He’s smart, creative, curious, and searching for a better way to identify and achieve his goals. So we sit and chat. Sometimes we have... Continue Reading →

You might want to lay off the cookies Santa…

Posted on December 25th, 2013 by

Dear Santa, I hope this letter reaches you in time. It has been a bit hectic lately, so I’m a little late. Wait, why am I telling you this? You already know. This year, I only want three things: Prompt... Continue Reading →