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.

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AEA meets with House members to share industry challenges

Including lack of leadership at FAA  

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO. — On Thursday, Oct. 3, Aircraft Electronics Association Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Ric Peri met with several members of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee, along with other general aviation leaders, for a round-table discussion on the biggest challenges facing the industry.

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Burke earns Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award

On Oct. 21, 1962, Thomas Allen Burke, then 19, successfully completed his first solo flight in a Piper Colt out of the Raleigh Municipal Airport in North Carolina. Now a resident of Greenville, S.C., Burke has safety piloted a number of different makes and models of aircraft.

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FAA accepts JDA course for IA Refresher Training

The FAA has accepted JDA’s Aviation Industry Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUPs) Training Course as an approved Inspection Authorization (IA) refresher training program.

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FAA cuts red tape to let UAS work Yosemite wildfire

You’re a fire boss trying to contain an out-of-control wildfire in mountainous terrain, and you literally can’t see the forest for the burning trees. Dense smoke chokes the air, making it nearly impossible to have a good sense of where and how quickly a fire is moving.

Such was the case for firefighters battling this August’s Yosemite Rim fire in California, which had spread to cover more than 134,000 acres in less than two weeks. They needed a bird’s eye view of what was happening — in a hurry. Enter the California Air National Guard and the FAA.

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NextGen moves closer to reality

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Next Generation Air Transportation System — known as NextGen — moved two steps closer to reality in late August when new programs became operational.

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IG tells FAA to speed up controller training

The U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General has told the FAA it must get a better handle on reducing training times for its new air traffic controllers. According to a report at, thousands of new controllers are needed over the next several years, but the average time to train a controller rose 41% between 2009 and 2012.

Congress returns to busy schedule

After its August vacation, Congress returns to Capitol Hill Sept. 9 with a full plate of issues, some of which will directly affect general aviation. As usual in Washington, money is on top of the plate.

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Latest issue of FAA Safety Briefing now available

The September/October 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which focuses on aviation citizenship, is now available online. Articles highlight the shared values, customs, and culture we share as citizens of the general aviation community.

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FAA seeks to expand Piper fuel selector AD

AOPA is reporting that the FAA is proposing to add aircraft to an existing airworthiness directive that requires replacing the fuel selector valve cover on certain Piper PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-160, PA-28-180, PA-28R-180, and PA-28R-200 airplanes.