‘FIFI’ dustup leaves more questions

FIFI

The truth is out there… somewhere.

Last week, a proposed amendment to the House’s National Defense Authorization Act caused a bit of a firestorm. The proposed amendment from Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) would “bar the Department of Defense from loaning or gifting any U.S. military aircraft or parts to any entity except those that would put the aircraft on static display, such as in a museum,” says an EAA story posted on April 18.

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EAA, AOPA file 3rd Class Medical exemption

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today jointly filed a request for an exemption with the FAA that, if granted, would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a 3rd class medical or, instead, participating in a recurrent online education program that will teach them how to self-asses their fitness to fly.

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Associations ‘unwavering’ in bid for driver’s license medical

Officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) say they are “unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver’s license and medical self-assessment,” despite the FAA’s recent denial of a request to expand the driver’s license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less. On Feb. 2, the FAA denied a 2009 petition by David Wartofsky, owner of Potomac Airfield in Maryland, that had received more than 1,000 supportive comments, including comments from AOPA. Read more about the efforts here.

AD issued on Lycoming carburetors

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) on carburetors installed on many Lycoming engines. According to a report at EAA.org, the AD targets only 409 carburetors, but 10,700 engines must be inspected to determine if they have one of the defective carbs. Effective date for the AD is March 27, 2012.