Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA associate administrator for airports has affirmed an earlier director’s determination that requires the city of Santa Monica, Calif., to keep its airport (SMO) open until 2023.
In a final decision and order, the associate administrator responded to the city’s appeal of the Dec. 4, 2015, director’s determination, which found that the city was obligated by receipt of grant funds to keep the airport open at least until Aug. 27, 2023. The city appealed that determination, and the FAA re-examined the record.
“Based on this re-examination,” the final decision and order noted, “the FAA concludes that the director’s determination is supported by a preponderance of reliable, probative and substantial evidence, and is consistent with applicable law, precedent and FAA policy.”
Read the full story here.
AVweb is reporting that the FAA has issued its final rule on the controversial airworthiness directive that will require the replacement of cylinders on 6,200 high-displacement Continental engines. The AD, which takes effect Sept. 15, scraps thousands of aftermarket cylinders made by ECi.
According to the AVweb report, the AD caused a storm of protest from owners, engine shops and manufacturers and prompted a long consultation process by the FAA. Even the NTSB opposed the scope and breadth of the AD. In the end, after several modifications, the FAA determined that the 6,200 engines will need all their cylinders replaced at a total cost of $88.5 million for U.S. owners, or about $11,520 per engine. Read the full AVweb report here.
The FAA reports that NextGen is bringing new benefits to Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC) through a technology called Data Comm.
Data Comm revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots by replacing some traditional voice communications with digital information exchanges, FAA officials explain. [Read more…]
The FAA has selected teams from the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). The COE will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians. [Read more…]
The United States has the largest and most diverse GA community in the world, with more than 220,000 aircraft — including amateur-built aircraft, rotorcraft, balloons, and highly sophisticated turbojets.
The FAA and the GA community are working together to put the right technologies, regulations, and education initiatives in place to improve safety, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reported at EAA AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh.
“The passion that drives pilots to fly here, year after year, is the same passion that fuels so much of the work we do every day at the FAA,” said Huerta. “We’re committed to making general aviation safer and more efficient and we’re making a lot of progress. Collaboration between the FAA and industry is allowing the GA community to benefit from upgraded technology, lower costs, and higher levels of safety.” [Read more…]
According to a news story on the National Business Aviation Association website, the FAA is finalizing a policy that includes identifying 308 very high frequency, omnidirectional radio range (VOR) navaids that will be decommissioned as part of industry’s transition to satellite-based instrument approach procedures. [Read more…]
By MIKE LUCAS
As I removed my shirt and sat up on the examination table, my Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) asked me: “Have you seen a doctor lately?”
The question was curious to me. I have been visiting an AME physician every year since 1985. That question was, it seemed, a trick question, I was sitting in a doctor’s office. After my examination, I received my second class medical certificate that day.
The interesting point about this exchange with my AME that August is that 10 months later, the next June, I was on an operating table, scheduled for a quadruple bypass surgery. [Read more…]