The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure adopted an amendment to H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, that would protect the rights of private pilots to use the Internet to connect with people who want to share costs for a flight.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched a grassroots campaign in response to the House Transportation Committee’s FAA reauthorization proposal to establish a user fee-funded air traffic control corporation.
The legislation — which poses a significant threat to the entire general aviation community — will be considered Thursday, Feb. 11, by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. [Read more…]
While the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday is being touted as a plan for the future of U.S. aviation, it could create dire consequences for the future of personal recreational flying in our nation.
I’m submitting this blog on Feb. 2, 2016, Groundhog Day. I think it is the appropriate date choice for my latest GAFuels topic.
It is the kind of day the FAA should get out its plan for the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), dust it off and see if there is a ray of hope of finding the 100 octane unleaded fuel holy grail.
Or perhaps they see no light at the end of the tunnel and shelve the project into the dustbin of bureaucracy, hoping nobody notices. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Transportation Inspector General has released a scathing report outlining numerous shortcomings of the FAA’s efforts to implement reforms intended to help the agency operate more effectively and efficiently, improve the delivery of air traffic services, and modernize the U.S. air traffic control system. [Read more…]
FAA officials note that North Carolina is leading the way to the next generation of air traffic control.
NextGen procedures are helping flights operate more efficiently at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), as well as surrounding airports in North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia. [Read more…]
As part of the FAA’s Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents national safety campaign, FAA officials are releasing tutorials on various topics that will help prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. The latest topic is best glide speed. [Read more…]
The FAA has never shown interest in the airspace below the top of the 100-plus-foot tall evergreen trees that surround my home. They’ve never inspected. They’ve never inquired. Nothing.
Why? In part because it isn’t “navigable” airspace.
That all changed when the FAA recently issued an Interim Final Rule that states “anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors.” [Read more…]
As part of its #FlySafe national safety campaign, which aims to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents this flying season, the FAA has released information on its latest topic: Enhanced vision systems. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Congress has passed an omnibus measure that includes key funding for general aviation manufacturers in safety, certification, and alternative fuels for piston-engine aircraft.
It also makes permanent the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit, and extends bonus depreciation for five years. [Read more…]