A new post on Politico reports that House Democrats blocked a Republican push to fast-track an FAA extension on Sept. 25, 2017, with just days to go until current law expires Sept. 30.
Democrats said they voted against the six-month extension because of unrelated Republican add-ons dealing with flood insurance, tax credits for victims of recent hurricanes, and expiring health care programs.
The bill failed 245-171. The fast-track process used to consider the bill requires two-thirds support of members for passage.
House Republicans are expected to bring up the bill again under a rule that requires only a simple majority for passage later this week. But the report notes that Senate Democrats are also uneasy with the extension, and it’s unclear whether they would block the bill in the upper chamber.
The story also notes that Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the Transportation Committee, called Republicans “a bunch of losers” for continuing to push breaking up the FAA.
“We’re here today because the chairman of the committee has stubbornly persisted in trying to privatize air traffic control,” DeFazio said, blasting Shuster on the House floor.
Read the full post here.
Aviation Supplies & Academics owner Mike Lorden and authors Gary Ullrich and Paul Snyder were presented with the W. W. Estridge, Jr. and the John K. Lauber Safety awards during the 70th annual University Aviation Association (UAA) Collegiate Aviation Conference and Expo in Riverside, California. [Read more…]
This is the second part of a two-part series. Read the first story here.
Dispatch from an oil-soaked tarmac at KSAF, Santa Fe, New Mexico: My chief mechanic, sitting in Race 53’s cockpit, slowly inches the throttle forward. The dull thrum of the engine changes in tempo, becoming an angry snarl. Then the snarl shifts into a throaty baritone.
Race 53 shakes and bucks, fighting her brakes. I can see the metal skin on the underside of her wings rippling in the prop wash blasting back from the propeller, now dissolved into a pale grey disc of motion.
My other mechanic, standing to my right on the tarmac, catches my eye. He points to the plane, points to his ear, then flexes his bicep: The engine sounds strong.
It does. [Read more…]
SimplyFly Adventures is launching a STOL clinic on the 2,200′ grass strip at Havana Regional Airport (9I0) in Illinois Oct. 20-21, 2017.
“It is a BYOP event — Bring Your Own Plane,” organizers note.
The first session will be ground school to review slow flight and short/soft field operations, followed by dinner in downtown Havana and a campfire at the airport. According to organizers, there is no charge for the ground school, which is open to everyone. WINGS credit applies.
The flying portion of the event is limited to the first 25 pilots who sign up. There is a $150 fee for the flying portion of the event. [Read more…]
A new study of S&P 500 companies shows that the use of business aviation is a sign of a well-managed enterprise among America’s most highly valued and well-respected companies. [Read more…]
Hurricane Maria ripped apart homes and caused destruction across Dominica, Barbuda, and other Caribbean islands already reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma.
As families in the Caribbean struggle to recover, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has staff on the ground and in the air providing assistance.
“MAF is working with Samaritan’s Purse to survey the needs and bring help to the islands that have been torn apart by hurricanes Maria and Irma,” said John Woodberry, global manager of disaster response for MAF. [Read more…]
Analyzing weather data can be a chore for general aviation pilots — and weather changes quickly, so pilots need to analyze a significant amount of data to make good safety choices before and during flights.
The Wx24Pilot app focuses completely on aviation weather and represents a different way at looking at weather, according to its developers.
It uses all the same weather reports as every other app does, but by reformatting the data and presenting it visually, pilots can read a huge amount of pertinent information very quickly and effortlessly, they claim. [Read more…]
Vintage Air Rally has launched a competition to find teams to win 15 free places on Ushaia2USA, the first rally across South America.
The rally will cover 9,000 miles and 19 countries in just 42 days, according to organizers.
The six-week flight will begin in Ushuaia, the world’s southern-most airport at the tip of Argentina, dubbed “The End of the World.” The rally will cover some of South America’s most treacherous terrain before finishing in Florida. [Read more…]
An unexpected package was recently delivered to the FBO at Wautoma Municipal Airport (Y50) in Wisconsin.
“Upon opening it, we found a very nice framed “Thank You” collage from someone we provided emergency maintenance support to a couple flying their RV6A to Oshkosh for the 2017 EAA Airventure,” reports Larry Stencel. [Read more…]