In past years, our mailing address has been linked to the home location of the person who oversees our membership administration. Since we are an organization of volunteers, we have had to change this address in the past as people moved, changed positions, etc.
The good news is that we have recently secured a Sacramento-based address that we intend to use as our permanent mailing address. The new address is:
California Pilots Association
1414 K Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
The bad news is that the US Postal Service did not properly process the change of address form that we submitted to forward mail received at our prior Long Beach, CA address to our new address. We were only made aware of this recently and are in the process of correcting the problem. If you sent mail to our Long Beach, CA address after April 15, then it is possible that your mail was not forwarded properly and may have been returned to you. If this is the case, then we ask that you resend your mail to our new address.
We sincerely apologize for any problems or confusion resulting from the mail forwarding problem.
As always, we are very grateful for your support of CalPilots.
Written by Ben Sclair - Publisher Genral Aviation News
- September 03, 2015
Did you know? 11 rules affecting airspace proposed in August?It is amazing how efficient the FAA can be at times. In August 2015, the FAA posted 11 proposed rules to the Federal Register regarding airspace. Did you know that?Until Sept. 1, I didn’t either. On each proposed rule is a 45-day comment period. After 45-days, with no comments received, the FAA is one large step closer to making a proposed rule final.Federal Register logoPotentially impacted airspace is in Vancouver, Wash., International Falls, Minn., Van Nuys, Calif., Burbank, Calif., Gainesville, Miss., Newport, N.H., Placida, Fla., Vidalia, La., Marshall, Ark., Cottonwood, Ariz., and Mariana Islands, Guam. The majority are for creation or modification of Class E airspace.
H3R Aviation, is a supplier of halon fire extinguishers and we have quite significant penetration in the general aviation market. We previously sold a fire extinguisher manufactured in Canada and many months ago observed a rather sharp spike in warranty returns due to leakage. Because these extinguishers do not have a pressure gauge, adherence to maintenance requirements, we believe, are inadequate in assuring that the extinguishers are adequately charged and will perform in an emergency. We issued the attached Service Bulletin to alert interested parties.
CalPilots Editor's Note: Airports are much more than parking lots for aircraft -
VAN NUYS — The Los Angeles Fire Department is ramping up its aerial firefighting arsenal for a busy brush fire season.On Thursday afternoon, the Fire Department received two Canadian Super Scooper firefighting airplanes that are now based at Van Nuys Airport. Super Scoopers are amphibious and fight fires by collecting water from lakes then dropping that water onto fires from above.
Would Consider Any Flight Under 350 Feet As A ViolationThe California general assembly is considering a modified UAV trespass bill that would make any flight over private property at an altitude under 350 feet a violation of the state's trespassing law.
Pilot reports of unmanned aerial systems have topped 650 so far this year – well over the 238 reported for all of 2014, the FAA said this week. The agency said there was a big jump in sightings this summer, with 138 pilot reports in June and 137 in July. Meanwhile, there were just 52 reports for the June-July 2014 period. The sightings were at altitudes up to 10,000 feet and came from a variety of aircraft, from large air carriers to helicopters, the FAA said. On Wednesday, a medical helicopter reported having to maneuver to avoid a UAS while flying at 1,000 feet AGL. Over the summer, unmanned aircraft interfering with aerial firefighting operations prompted the FAA and the National Interagency Fire Center to issue a warning to UAS flyers to stay clear of fires, reminding them that unsafe operations could result in jail time and fines up to $25,000. The FAA, while wrangling with forming UAS safety rules in the personal and commercial sectors, has attempted to curtail problems with similar public safety announcements for airports and sports venues.
Organizing an airshow is always a big job, but the folks working to put on the next Catalina Air Show, set for October 2016, face some extra challenges. The show is held on a small resort island, 26 miles off the coast of southern California, meaning any support gear that can't be flown over has to come on the ferry. And the island's only runway sits on a small mountain site, with steep drop-offs at both ends. To make the airshow work, the organizers have established the show box just offshore, above the harbor, well in sight of all the coastal restaurants, boaters, beachgoers and tourists. "That means our audience is not at the airport, but in the resort area at Avalon," says Jeff Herold, who is heading up the show planning. "So we can't charge admission to the show -- we have to find other ways to make it work."
With hundreds of participants left hanging after the cancellation of this year's Bonneville Speed Week, organizers of the event managed to secure another location for the annual event, moving it temporarily to the Mojave Air and Space Port, home of the Mojave Mile speed trials.Scheduled for this weekend, Speed Week had attracted more than 550 entries from all over the globe – racers bent on testing their hot rods, streamliners, and motorcycles on the salt of Bonneville. Even after the announcement of Speed Week's cancellation last month, enough of the people who had entered still wanted to race, so officials at the Southern California Timing Association searched for an alternative venue.
Written by JAMIE BECKETT - General Aviation News
- August 06, 2015
Everybody knows that people who are into aviation are rich. They're spoiled, self-absorbed, 1%-ers who have no regard for what it takes to get by in the real world. Heck, airplanes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that's just for the small ones. Yep, pilots and aircraft owners are filthy rich scum who do nothing but sponge off the poor and the middle class so they can live out their dreams in luxurious splendor.
New FAA Video Aims to Help Reduce Wildlife StrikesLast July, the FAA posted a new video designed to enhance airport safety and help curb wildlife strikes. Entitled "The 2015 Wildlife Hazard Management and Strike Reporting Update," the video outlines the benefits of wildlife hazard strike reporting and how airport operators use the information to reduce wildlife strikes at airports. The video also discusses the FAA's partnerships with other federal agencies and organizations to reduce wildlife strikes.This is the second video in a series first launched last year to provide the airport community with information to help them continue to operate the nation's airports safely and efficiently. To view the video, go to: http://www.faa.gov/airports/safety-video-series/.