Sigman, Wheeler Receive FAA Recognition

L to R: Curt Drumm, Lakeshore Aviation President; Leon Sigman; Judy
Sigman; Jim Wheeler; Sharon Wheeler; Wes Hakari, FAA.

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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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.

The Aircraft Registry office closing is unprecedented, and is already having a widespread effect on general aviation manufacturers, [Read more…]

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…]

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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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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