Following a request from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their 14th or 16th birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are flying. [Read more…]
The FAA and other members of the aviation community have developed new standards to improve safety at U.S. airports during inclement weather.
On October 1, 2016, U.S. airports, airline flight crews, dispatchers, general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers will begin using new Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) standards to reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather and other factors. [Read more…]
On July 15, general aviation changed forever.
That’s when President Barack Obama signed into law an FAA authorization extension that includes third class medical reform.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bipartisan FAA extension that ensures the FAA is funded through Sept. 30, 2017. Current FAA reauthorization expires July 15. [Read more…]
A new FAA policy encourages general aviation aircraft owners to voluntary install safety equipment on airplanes and helicopters that is not required by the agency’s regulations.
The new policy will reduce costs and streamline the installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) into the general aviation fleet, according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
Bill includes provision for third class medical reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee reached a bipartisan agreement July 6 on extending the FAA’s authorization through Sept. 30, 2017. [Read more…]
NextGen is bringing new benefits to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through a technology called Data Comm.
According to FAA officials, Data Comm revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots by replacing some traditional voice communications with digital information exchanges – like texting versus talking over the phone. [Read more…]
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has released an updated analysis of the FAA’s drone data which finds a month-by-month decline in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) sightings since peaking in August 2015.
The apparent decrease in monthly sightings is remarkable as it comes despite an influx of nearly 700,000 to 1 million new devices sold last year, according to AMA officials.
Meanwhile, consistent with AMA’s prior findings, only 3.3% of reports in the FAA’s latest dataset contained explicit notations indicating near misses or close calls. [Read more…]
Officials from 14 of GA’s advocacy organizations have sent a letter urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass an FAA reauthorization bill that can be signed into law before the agency’s current funding extension expires July 15. [Read more…]