AirPooler wants FAA clarification on ride-sharing interpretation

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Steve Lewis, co-founder and CEO of AirPooler, says the FAA’s announced interpretation of flight-sharing-costs is causing confusion among pilots and urges the agency to clarify what it means.

The FAA’s position, he said, is based on a 1963 ruling that was reversed the following year. Lewis said the FAA is now calling cost sharing “compensation”and should cite examples on which its ruling is based.

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President of Wings of Hope to retire

ST. LOUIS — Douglas Clements, president of Wings of Hope since 1997, has announced that he is stepping down as president in 2015.

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USAeroFlight partners with Stratos Aviation

After more than 30 years, Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., decided to phase out its aviation program. That led three instructors in the program to create USAeroGroup to take over the college’s aircraft maintenance and aviation training programs as an independent business.
The founders of USAeroFlight inked agreements with BJU and North Greenville University for pilot training that grants college credit, while the FAA is in the process of transferring the university’s Part 141 flight school certificate and curriculum into the name of USAeroFlight.

The company also has inked an agreement with Stratos Aviation at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), where both are based.

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Pennsylvania to upgrade facilities at 20 airports

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has unveiled a $3.4 million state investment that will improve safety and operations at 20 Pennsylvania airports that support more than 8,400 jobs.

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Washington aviation division consolidating offices

Effective Monday, Sept. 15, the Washington State Department of Transportation aviation division’s Arlington office is taking off for the Olympia area.

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Eastport Municipal Airport installs AWOS

Belfort Instrument Co.has installed an AWOS AV at the Eastport Municipal Airport (EPM) in Eastport, Maine.

The Belfort Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS AV) provides pilots with Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Wind Gusts, Temperature, Humidity, Dewpoint, Altimeter Setting, Density Altitude, and Visibility.

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Pilot comes up short of runway

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Delta Junction, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a rough and uneven, brush-covered airstrip.

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Congressional GA Caucus reaches milestone

Congress may be in the middle of its summer recess this month, but the General Aviation Caucus continues to attract new members. Already among the largest caucuses on Capitol Hill, the bipartisan GA Caucus, formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2009, has reached a new record level of membership — 248 members in the House and 41 in the Senate.

“This new milestone of approaching 60% of members on the House side alone is proof that congressional representatives value the contributions of general aviation to their districts and their states – from business growth to vital air services and assistance in times of need and disaster,” said Dick Doubrava, Vice President, Government Affairs for the National Business Aviation Association.

Are your elected representatives members? Check out a list of all members here.

Congress shows support for federal contract towers

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently sent letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reiterating congressional support for the preservation of 252 federal contract towers.

Fifty-five senators signed a July 31 letter imploring Huerta to consider “all perspectives” in what appears to be an effort to streamline tower operations as the agency continues to deal with budget pressures, according to a report on the National Business Aviation Association website.

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FAA bans GA ride sharing

In a legal interpretation released Aug. 13, the FAA’s Chief Counsel for Regulations ruled against “peer-to-peer general aviation flight sharing” Internet-based operations that allow private pilots to offer available space on flights they intend to take. According to a post at AVWeb, AirPooler asked the FAA for an interpretation of the regulations, to confirm that a pilots using the AirPooler service do not receive compensation. The FAA stated that arranging for flights and passengers through the AirPooler website met all elements of “common carriage” and are not legal under Part 91. Read the full AVweb post here.