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…]
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…]