PrivateSky Aviation Services of Fort Myers, Fla., and Spectralux of Redmond, Wash., have STC’d a mode-S enhanced surveillance upgrade for Gulfstreams. Cost is less than $20,000, depending on the aircraft’s current transponder configuration.
The Schleicher sailplane that collided with a NetJets Hawker 800XP at about 16,000 feet near Smith, Nev., on August 28 was equipped with a transponder but it was not turned on. Transponder activation is not required for glider operations below 18,000 feet msl and outside controlled airspace.
On June 25, the tallest general aviation control tower in the U.S. was dedicated at Front Range Airport, Colo. The structure, operated under the FAA’s contract tower program, stands more than 5,596 feet msl and nearly 200 feet agl.
Hayden Sheaffer, the pilot-in-command of the Cessna 150 that violated the Washington, D.C. ADIZ on May 11, will be allowed to reapply for his airman certificate in 10 months. The FAA reduced the original one-year penalty and Sheaffer, 69, agreed to drop his appeal to the NTSB.
The saga surrounding European approval for commercial operation of single-engine aircraft in IMC (SEIMC) continues. Late last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was preparing “in the next few days” to invite proposals for a new year-long study that it hoped to launch by year-end.
Part 135 operations are the subject of FAA Notice 8400.83 focusing on clarifying the responsibility for operational control during air-taxi operations and spelling out the limitations of using doing-business-as (DBA) names.
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