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…]
By a nearly two-to-one margin, voters oppose privatizing the operations of the air traffic control system by taking it from the FAA and turning it over to a private non-profit entity, according to a new poll. [Read more…]
Although safety of U.S. commercial air travel has improved significantly in recent years, the overall safety of general aviation hasn’t improved appreciably in several decades. A big reason for that disparity may be attributable to the limited availability of digital flight data to perform safety analysis.
Commercial aviation safety has improved in part because of the collection and analysis of data from commercial airlines, which are used to identify and address potential safety issues. However, such an archive does not yet exist for GA flights. The FAA is looking to change that.
“Most GA aircraft are not equipped to record digital flight data,” says MITRE group leader Matt Pollack. “And it would be prohibitively expensive for general aircraft owners to purchase that equipment. Without some way to collect data, it’s challenging for the GA community and FAA to identify and address safety issues that affect general aviation.”
You should subscribe to the Federal Register.
If someone in the greater Salem, Ore.-area had been subscribed to the Federal Register, they might have seen a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled, “Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace, Revocation of Class E Airspace; Salem, OR” scroll across their email inbox on May 1, 2015, or thereabouts. [Read more…]
It is amazing how efficient the FAA can be at times. In August 2015, the FAA posted 11 proposed rules to the Federal Register regarding airspace. Did you know that?
Until Sept. 1, I didn’t either. On each proposed rule is a 45-day comment period. After 45-days, with no comments received, the FAA is one large step closer to making a proposed rule final. [Read more…]
The unfinished debate over highway funding in Congress is likely to ground hopes for passing a new funding bill for the FAA, according to a report from The Hill.
The FAA bill is scheduled to expire Sept. 30. But Congress is expected to return its focus on highways upon returning to Washington next month, because lawmakers punted debate on a long-term surface transportation-funding bill into October before leaving for their August recess.
Aviation advocates worry that this means aviation will get the short end of the stick when lawmakers return to Washington, according to the report.
Every flight has some level of risk. It’s up to the pilot to review that risk in advance and then develop the appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
One of the best ways of doing this is by using a Flight Risk Analysis Tool or FRAT, according to FAA officials. [Read more…]