Make your voice heard on a request by the AOPA and EAA for an exemption to the 3rd class medical requirements for pilots who fly recreationally. The deadline for comments is Sept. 14, according to AOPA officials, who have posted a page on the association’s site that gives tips on how to present the best case for the exemption.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Congressional hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 12, will examine the status — and delays — of the FAA’s air traffic control modernization program known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
The Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), will receive testimony from federal government and aviation industry witnesses regarding the management and status of NextGen. [Read more...]
Aircraft owners are asked to participate in the FAA’s 34th annual general aviation Part 135 survey for 2011 data. The survey is the only source of information about the general aviation fleet and data gathered helps the FAA to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety.
The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association is asking all pilots of Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) to participate in the 34th annual General Aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey, which is used to assess aviation safety. Because of the newness of LSA, it is essential to improve the statistics, LAMA officials said, noting more participation will “reinforce the acceptable safety record of the sector.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As members of Congress come back to their offices Sept. 10 after the August vacation, aviation interests will be eager to see what, if anything, is done about “sequestration,” which might cut $1 billion from the FAA budget.
Now available online is the September/October issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which explores the role of the aviation educator. Articles focus on flight instructor requirements and best practices, as well as the many tools and educational resources that can help sharpen teaching skills.
Starting Oct. 1, the FAA will stop using the paper version of FAA Form 8500-8, the form used to apply for FAA medical certification. That means pilots must use the FAA’s online MedXpress to apply for medical certification, according to Kathy Dondzila in a post on AOPA.org. She takes us through her first experience using MedXpress, offering some tips to make the process a bit easier.
The FAA needs your help: The Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), an advisory group of aviation insiders working with the FAA, is seeking the general aviation industry’s input on the agency’s consistency in the certification and approval process.
The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive affecting certain Rotax 912 series engines. According to a report at EAA.org, the AD requires that the pressure side fuel hose be replaced on fuel pumps with the certain serial numbers. An AD from the European Aviation Safety Agency indicates that the pressure side fuel hose on these pumps may not be manufactured to full fuel-resistant standards, which could result in the degradation of the interior of the hose and the resulting debris fouling the fuel system.