Latest FAA Safety Briefing now online

Delayed because of the government shutdown, the November/December 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing is now online.

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CAPACG partners with FAA’s PEGASAS

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — CAPACG, a provider of aviation Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) solutions, is becoming an industry partner with the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS), the FAA’s new Center of Excellence for General Aviation.

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GAMA hails passage of Revitalization Act, bill moves on to Obama for signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is celebrating the passage of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, H.R. 1848, by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Drone ‘road map’ unveiled

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has released its 72-page “road map” for determining how to permit unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — more commonly known as drones — to share the skies with other aircraft by 2015, but early indications show many problems to overcome before the air has a mixture of vehicles.

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FAA and industry must come together, Huerta says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The aviation industry and the government must come together and answer the question of what kind of aviation system is wanted and how it can be financed, FAA Administrator Michel Huerta told the Washington Aero Club. [Read more...]

Sigman, Wheeler Receive FAA Recognition

MANITOWOC, Wisc. – Manitowoc area natives Leon Sigman and Jim Wheeler were recently honored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 50 years of flying safety and contributions made to general aviation. Plaques were presented by Wesley Hakari from the Milwaukee FAA Flight Standards District Office during an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Safety Seminar, held at Lakeshore Aviation in Manitowoc.

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Time to clear backlog of undelivered aircraft, GA tells FAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While officials from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the end of the U.S. federal government shutdown, they also said they hope the FAA will work closely with industry to clear the backlog of aircraft scheduled for delivery as quickly as possible.

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GA leaders call to President, Congress to restore critical FAA safety programs

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the heads of four of general aviation’s biggest associations called on President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to quickly restore critical FAA safety programs whose shutdown is threatening substantial economic harm to the entire industry.

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Government shutdown stops aircraft sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA’s decision on Oct. 7 to recall approximately 800 furloughed employees will not affect the FAA Aircraft Registry office. The office remains closed under the U.S. federal government shutdown, which means virtually all aircraft sales have been stopped.

The 800 FAA employees are being recalled to focus on Airworthiness Directives to ensure safety of aircraft in the fleet as well as safety oversight activities, including air carriers, repair stations and production facilities, according to officials.

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GA looks to debt ceiling date

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oct.. 17 is rapidly approaching and even the experts with crystal balls can’t predict what the government will do. Unless Congress moves before then and passes some sort of funding bills, general aviation could suffer more than the few problems the partial government shutdown is now causing.

Day-to-day flying under the current furloughing of only about 17% of the government workforce is not badly adversely affecting GA. [Read more...]