Tower closures and furloughs: Are they necessary?

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The FAA intends to send furlough notices to its employees, meaning in early April fewer controllers will be on the job unless Congress acts before that to make some changes to sequestration. The National Air Traffic Controller Association says it has been notified of this, adding that closing towers is “even worse.”

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Pearson Field airspace issue resolved

Airspace operations at Pearson Field (VUO) and Portland International Airport (PDX) will remain unchanged, thanks to the efforts of Washington and Oregon elected officials, local pilot groups and the FAA.

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FAA administrator tells Congress how agency is preparing for sequestration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a Congressional subcommittee Wednesday, Feb. 27, the agency has put in a hiring freeze, cut travel and is preparing for furloughs of employees as sequestration appears certain to become effective March 1.

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Fantasy of Flight to host Splash-In

For the fifth year in a row, Fantasy of Flight will once again host the Splash-In of the 39th annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, held in nearby Lakeland, Fla., April 9-14.

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Fiscal problems lead to conflict, confusion and uncertainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. — March is a windy month. That is expected to be especially true this March in the nation’s capital, with much activity, conflict and confusion as lawmakers try to sort out the nation’s fiscal problems.

All this activity brings to the forefront several issues that general aviation groups have been wrestling with for many months.

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Sequestration’s effects on general aviation

Any sequestration that goes into effect won’t be felt entirely until April 1 because furlough notices must be given one month in advance. Will sequestration last that long? Or longer? Few even hazard guesses at this time, but if it does, what will be the effect on general aviation?

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Republicans say claims of sequestration effects on aviation not backed up by facts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Announcements by members of the president’s administration about sequestration’s effect on the FAA and aviation are not backed up by facts, says Congressional Republican members of committees in both the Senate and House.

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FAA planning for $600 million in spending cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To prepare for the possibility of a budget sequestration on March 1, the FAA is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013.

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FAA puts out requests for UAV research and test sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has put out a request for proposals from state and local governments, universities and other public entities to develop six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country.

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New app helps decipher FAA acronyms

North Star Group has released a free FAA Acronyms Mobile App, which includes a searchable list of many of the commonly used acronyms used by the FAA and the aviation industry.

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