Your California Pilots Association will be in the front row to represent the interest of General Aviation on February 1, 2017 when the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council hears recommendations addressing aircraft flight at low altitudes over and through areas considered to be sensitive to outside disturbances. The February 1 meeting follows more than a year of study and research by the Council's "Overflight Working Group" composed of marine life specialists and aviation stakeholders.Of particular interest to pilots will be the discussion on the implementation and possible expansion of regions in which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration currently invokes the rules of 15 CFR 922 (National Marine Sanctuary Program Regulations). These rules define the airspace in which NOAA claims the authority to identify, cite, and penalize aircraft operators who violate the boundaries they believe will result in the disturbance of wildlife, particulary sea birds and marine mammals.CalPilots was specifically invited to participate on the Overflight Working Group. During the past year, research by Andy Wilson and two other involved aviators yielded a position in which it finds NOAA's regulatory position in conflict with the procedures, policies, and rules published by the FAA. Please review the documents found at the links below for details of the topic.Links to Relevant Documents:Overflight Working Group Recommendations (1.9 mb pdf file)Comments From Pilot Working Group Members (307 kb pdf file)Additional Public Comments (11 mb pdf file)
The California Pilots Association Annual Members Meeting will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, October 22, 2016, within the FLYING Aviation Expo venue at the Palm Springs International Airport [PSP]. Join us in the Oasis Hangar for this important gathering of California's most involved all-volunteer general aviation advocacy organization.
CalPilots Members Save on Expo Admission!
In recognition of CalPilots' vital role, the Aviation Expo is offering our members a $10 discount off the 1-Day Expo admission on Saturday. When not attending the brief Annual Member’s Meeting, enjoy all the other sights and experiences of the Expo – more than 200 exhibits and aircraft on display. Increase your aviation knowledge at the educational seminars. Pre- and post-event activities are available for an additional fee.
This special pricing is just one of the benefits CalPilots membership offers. If you’re not a CalPilots member yet, there’s no better time to join than now! (Membership status will be verified at the Expo Entry Point.)
To receive the CalPilots Member’s Discount, Please use this CalPilots-Only Link:
Exercise your flying skills by arriving by air! PSP is easy to find and the host FBO, Signature Flight Services, is very welcoming! Enjoy the discounts on fuel and free transportation to and from the Aviation Expo venue. Let’s all show Palm Springs the economic benefits supporting General Aviation can bring to their city!
Written by Niki Cervantes Staff Writer - Santa Monica Lookout
- December 14, 2015
December 10, 2015 -- Aviators filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the City alleging that landing fees at Santa Monica Airport – which were doubled in 2013 – were illegally adopted by the City Council.
Bulletin Issued on Noise-Cancelling Headset UseOn November 20, 2015, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-16-08) that advises GA pilots and operators of concerns with the use of noise cancelling headsets. In many cases, pilots are using the noise cancelling headsets as supplementary equipment during operations. When wearing these headsets, the pilot may be unaware of environmental sounds and audible warning annunciations in the cockpit that do not come through the intercom system.
Written by Clark Mason -The Press Democrat
- December 07, 2015
December 5, 2015
The fate of the Cloverdale Airport is up in the air as city officials grapple with whether to grant a developer’s demand to close it in order to accommodate a proposed $200 million resort next door.
Closing an airfield involves a lengthy federal application process with an uncertain outcome, but developers of the 254-acre Alexander Valley Resort say they are willing to foot the bill, as well as pay for more than $7 million in improvements to repurpose the airport into a sports park.
Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
- December 06, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration ruled Friday that Santa Monica Airport must stay open at least until 2023 — a decision that could frustrate the city's efforts to reduce flight operations and then shut down the historic facility in the near future.
Final Rule Issued to Remove Certain Instrument Approach Procedures
On November 10, 2015, the FAA issued a final rule that removes certain redundant or underutilized ground-based nondirectional radio beacon (NDB) and VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs). Removing these NDB and VOR SIAPs (334 in total) is an integral part of right-sizing the quantity and type of procedures in the NAS, especially as a growing number of area navigation (RNAV) instrument approach procedures are made available. The complexity and cost of maintaining the existing ground based navigational infrastructure while expanding RNAV capability is not sustainable. To view the rule and the list of affected SIAPs and their removal dates, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-10/pdf/2015-28478.pdf.
Industry sources estimate that 1 million drones will be sold this holiday season. Their increasing numbers has pilots concerned about their proper use, especially where they may interfere with aircraft operations. Even a very small drone can cause a catastrophic accident, if it collides with an airplane.
Written by Paul Osterman - CalPIlots Director-at-Large
- November 19, 2015
"On the urging of 13 speakers, the Chico City Council unanimously rejected a proposal from Washington D.C.-based AvPORTS to manage the Chico Municipal Airport... despite a modified proposal for a smaller cost, shorter time span and less risk, which were among the objections cited when the Airport Commission recommended rejecting the proposal in October."