WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress took the first step Wednesday, Dec. 4, toward slowing the FAA from testing overweight pilots and air traffic controllers for sleep apnea. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the FAA to go through the normal rule-making process. The action is in response to the efforts of FAA’s Air Surgeon Fred Tilton to require medical tests for sleep disorders.
Delayed because of the government shutdown, the November/December 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing is now online.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — CAPACG, a provider of aviation Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) solutions, is becoming an industry partner with the Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS), the FAA’s new Center of Excellence for General Aviation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has released its 72-page “road map” for determining how to permit unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — more commonly known as drones — to share the skies with other aircraft by 2015, but early indications show many problems to overcome before the air has a mixture of vehicles.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — While officials from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the end of the U.S. federal government shutdown, they also said they hope the FAA will work closely with industry to clear the backlog of aircraft scheduled for delivery as quickly as possible.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the heads of four of general aviation’s biggest associations called on President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to quickly restore critical FAA safety programs whose shutdown is threatening substantial economic harm to the entire industry.
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…]