Cloud Spotting - Do you know what type of cloud the FAA recommends keeping a 20 mile distance from? Or what the "good IFR" clouds are? Use our handy cloud spotting chart from the current issue of the FAA Safety Briefing magazine, which can be downloaded from http://1.usa.gov/1MRD5wv.
Managing a Crew of Just You - There is no one right answer in aeronautical decision-making. Each pilot is expected to analyze each situation in light of experience level, personal minimums, and current physical and mental readiness, and make his or her own decision. That's where single-pilot resource management (SRM) comes into play. Get the fact sheet about SRM and the "5P" approach at http://1.usa.gov/1Gu5fvz.
It's not the biggest aviation event around, but the Mojave Experimental Fly-In, coming up April 17-19, is surely one of the most unique. The two-day event brings out homebuilders who have been working on their own designs over the last year, to show off their work and share their expertise in the California desert. This is the fourth year of the fly-in, and this year's edition adds a slumber party complete with pizza and movies, a "bug-smasher poker run/flour bomb" event, an indoor free-flight RC flying competition, and showings of an in-progress documentary film about the Mojave pilots.
NBAA Warns Local Officials About Legal Obligations Regarding KSMO
Issue Was On The City Council Agenda Tuesday Night
The NBAA on Tuesday cautioned the mayor and city council of Santa Monica, CA about the questionable legality of proposals that seek to limit the viability of Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) for aviation operations, as well as for businesses located on the airfield.
At a city council meeting Tuesday night attended by more than 100 people, local officials considered the Santa Monica Airport Commission's recommendation that the city move ahead with proposals to implement costly new leases for tenants, close a portion of the airport's runway and enact a new emissions ordinance at KSMO. Public comments extended well into the night, according to television station KTLA. Dozens more protested outside, complaining about noise, pollution, and perceived safety issues. Some said that the airport should be completely closed. Airport advocates also gathered outside city hall to defend the facility, saying it meets all federal and state requirements for noise abatement, safety and environmental issues, and accounts for hundreds of millions of dollars in the local economy.
CalPilots Editor's Note: So the FAA can figure out how to act rapidly when faced with big money pressure from the UAV advocates, but can't make or get a decision done on eliminating the useless third class physical? Obviously money does talk and GA, one the FAA's largest customer bases can just wait.
Surprise!!! FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333
Under Pressure, The FAA Seems To Be Escalating UAV InterestsWith Congress, the media and the entire UAV industry breathing down their necks, the FAA has 'established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions.
Written by GENERAL AVIATION NEWS STAFF
- March 24, 2015
This spring, National Geographic Studios presents "Living in the Age of Airplanes," which promises to carry audiences across 200,000 years of history and around the globe on a journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. The world premiere of the movie will take place at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 8.Narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, Living in the Age of Airplanes will premiere in IMAX, giant screen, 15/70mm dome screens and digital cinemas nationwide beginning April 10.
WHAT. NO PILOT IN THE COCKPIT? Drone activity noted on sectional charts with a small airplane symbol with the letters "UA"."Manned and unmanned aircraft not authorized in the same traffic pattern. Arriving manned aircraft may follow unmanned aircraft on final."AREAS WITH A PREPONDERANCE of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activity are typically noted on sectional charts with a small airplane symbol, similar to that used for glider operating areas but with the letters "UA" instead of "G." Expect UAS activity in nearby restricted or other special-use airspace and military installations.
It's important to understand how some anti-airport types operate. We posted the following article on Chicago O'hare as it also applies to smaller airports. This strategy is frequently used by a few anti-airport neighbors. Now, you will know what types of questions to ask of the city or county when they are faced with airport noise.
On March 2, 2015, FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine rolled out its new guidance for AME's on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In response to feedback from pilots, other industry stakeholders, and Congress, FAA heavily revised guidance that was previously proposed last year. To address concerns that were raised by pilots, the new guidance asks AMEs to evaluate applicants on multiple criteria rather than Body Mass Index (BMI) alone. If a pilot exhibits some of the criteria but is deemed to be at low risk of OSA, the AME will regular[AE1] issue the medial certificate with some educational material on OSA. Applicants meeting some criteria and deemed to be at high risk of OSA will still be Regular issued but with a request for more information after a consultation from their regular doctor within 90 days. Only applicants that report, or if the AME observes severe symptoms of OSA, will the applicant then be deferred to the Aerospace Medical Certification Division.
PALM SPRINGS, Ca. - Bob Hoover is often called "the world's greatest pilot". His job as a test pilot was to push the limits of aircraft. The documentary 'Flying the Feathered Edge' is about his extraordinary career.The 93-year-old, living legend was at the Palm Springs Air Museum for a private screening of the documentary.You can purchase a copy at: www.thebobhooverproject.com and also find dates of where you can watch it on the big screen.
The March/April 2015 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on weather forces, sources, resources. Articles review some basic causes of weather activity, how certain conditions can affect pilot safety, and the tools you can use to aid your weather decision-making process.Feature articles in this issue include:· "Air Masses and Fronts – The Movers and Shakers of Weather" (p 8),· "Cloud Dancing and Thunder Singing – Developing Strategies to Avoid Inadvertent Peril" (p 16),· "I've Got Weather (...Now What Do I Do with It?)" (p. 26)