The Hill is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has moved to reject LightSquared’s planned wireless network after the president’s top adviser on telecom issues said there is “no practical way” to prevent the network from disrupting GPS devices. Read the full report here.
For the first time since 2007, the FAA has the certainty of long-term authorization to operate the air traffic control system, build up airport infrastructure, and develop the air traffic control system of the future. According to a report at AOPA.org, President Barack Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 Feb. 14. The bill provides a four-year, $63.4-billion authorization package for the agency, which has limped along on 23 short-term operating bills over the past five years.
Actor Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious franchise, Takers) will narrate “Air Racers 3D,” the first IMAX 3D theater film devoted to the fastest race in the world: the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races.
Sporty’s now offers a fourth app in its series of apps for aviation conventions and airshows. Having produced apps for Sun ‘n Fun, EAA AirVenture and AOPA Expo, Sporty’s has now developed an app for the 2012 International Women in Aviation Conference to be held in Dallas, Texas, from March 8-10.
Registration is now open for the Iowa Aviation Conference in West Des Moines April 25- 26.
This February 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: FK1 STOL, Cessna 185. Injuries: None. Location: Dixie, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The aircraft were flying as a flight of two. The Cessna was to land first. The Cessna pilot overflew the runway and requested that a friend on the ground check the condition of the snow-covered runway, which was reported as being in excellent condition, smooth and well-compacted. [Read more...]
When most think of airport security, they see in their mind’s eye fences, television cameras and DVRs, lights, and so on. But in the big picture of security these elements in reducing risk to an acceptable level are only the fourth of five steps. There are three steps in front of this step, so if mounting a CCTV camera is the only thing we do, then we are missing the other 80%. As a great radio announcer and story teller used to say, let me give you the rest of the story.