As part of the FAA’s Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents national safety campaign, FAA officials are releasing tutorials on various topics that will help prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. The latest topic is best glide speed. [Read more…]
The FAA has never shown interest in the airspace below the top of the 100-plus-foot tall evergreen trees that surround my home. They’ve never inspected. They’ve never inquired. Nothing.
Why? In part because it isn’t “navigable” airspace.
That all changed when the FAA recently issued an Interim Final Rule that states “anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors.” [Read more…]
As part of its #FlySafe national safety campaign, which aims to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents this flying season, the FAA has released information on its latest topic: Enhanced vision systems. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Congress has passed an omnibus measure that includes key funding for general aviation manufacturers in safety, certification, and alternative fuels for piston-engine aircraft.
It also makes permanent the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit, and extends bonus depreciation for five years. [Read more…]
The FAA has released some details and photos as the first phase of testing draws to a close of four fuels designed to be a replacement for 100LL.
According to a report at AOPA.org, test rigs have been heated and cooled to extreme temperatures, fuel samples have been run through specially designed rigs replicating aircraft fuel systems on a bench, and ignition temperatures have been carefully measured, to name just a few of the tests designed to winnow down the candidate fuels that will be put through the second, and final, phase of testing that will begin in 2016.
That phase, which will include real-world testing in a variety of aircraft, is scheduled to conclude in 2018.
The FAA posted a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) regarding Salem, Oregon’s McNary Field (KSLE) Class D and E airspace to the Federal Register on May 1, 2015. On Aug. 20, the proposed rule became final. No one noticed.
This happens all too often. I’d hazard a guess that most of the time, it isn’t even a problem. Or at least not a major problem. In this case, the proposed-now-final rule had a significant impact to the area’s airspace. But no one noticed.
No comments were made. Because no one noticed.
Upon learning the damage, the Oregon Pilots Association (OPA) took action. Congressmen were contacted. The Oregon Department of Aviation was contacted. The KSLE tower was contacted. The FAA was contacted… a lot.
So much noise was made, the KSLE airspace re-design has officially entered a do-over phase. [Read more…]