The FAA is teaming with NBAA, AOPA, HAI, NATA and other groups, to launch an eight-month national safety campaign, “Got Weather?,” to help general aviation pilots prepare for potential weather challenges. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and leaders of the general aviation groups will kick off the campaign on Sunday at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Anchorage.
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The FAA will begin formal rulemaking to consider whether to allow private pilots to use a driver’s license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate in some circumstances, the agency announced on April 2. The announcement comes two years after the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) filed a joint petition asking the FAA to expand the third-class medical exemption to cover more recreational pilots.
The FAA released final versions of two important pieces of guidance: FAA Order 8110.42D Parts Manufacturer Approval Procedures, which cancels revision C; and FAA AC21.303-2 Application For Parts Manufacturer Approval Via Tests and Computations Or Identicality. Both have a direct effect on PMA producers.
JetSeat is offering drug-and-alcohol testing programs for FAR Part 145 repair stations worldwide. FAA Part 91, 135 and 145 operators are required to implement and administer drug-and-alcohol testing programs that include written policy; drug-and-alcohol testing; supervisor and employee training for all safety-sensitive positions; and a continuing drug-and-alcohol abuse prevention program.
The FAA issued a Special FAR on Friday that prohibits “certain flight operations” in a portion of the Simferopol Flight Information Region (FIR) by all U.S. airlines and commercial operators, and–with narrow exceptions–those with a U.S. airman certificate and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft.
The FAA is seeking comments on how protected airspace around airports is designed to allow for the safety of an airliner when it experiences an engine failure after liftoff. The agency currently evaluates certain airport clear zones assuming both engines are operating. The proposal wants to consider a common departure path for all aircraft in the event of a power failure. Comments are due by June 24, 2014.
A nonprofit search-and-rescue organization has asked a federal court to review an FAA order that it stop using a model aircraft to assist in its search efforts. Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search & Recovery, based in Dickinson, Texas, filed a petition for review of the order in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on April 21.
The FAA said yesterday that it will delay by one year the April 22, 2014, compliance deadline to implement pilot training and qualification, airspace and other operational provisions in the new helicopter safety rule.
The FAA announced on Tuesday that the ADS-B network in the U.S. has been completed, with all 634 ground stations now online. “This upgrade is an important step in laying the foundation for the NextGen system, which provides air traffic controllers a much more precise view of the airspace, gives pilots much more awareness and information, and as a result strengthens the safety and efficiency of our system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This state-of-the-art satellite system is already providing controllers with visibility in places not previously covered by radar.”
A roster of leading aviation officials from the Asia and the United States took the stage yesterday for the opening session of ABACE 2014, welcoming attendees and exhibitors to what Li Derun, president, Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA), called “the must-attend event” for the business aviation industry.