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)
A news outlet in the Santa Monica area ran a hatchet-job about SMO, in which they listed "Santa Monica Airport Plane Crashes." It's been pointed out that many of them had little or nothing to do with that airport. At the end, they have a poll in which they ask if the airport should be closed. After a biased article like that, the results are predictable. People who care about airports should vote in this poll.http://patch.com/california/venice/20-years-santa-monica-airport-plane-crashes
There are so many items that need attention before we fly – airplane condition, weather conditions and our own health conditions, just to name a few. But, now we have an entirely new group of items to check due to our fascination with all things electronic. And, all of the electronics that we take with us need our attention too.
Here are some things that need to be done before the electronics go into the flight bag:
Make sure you know how to use it. (Well, duh?) 4,000 feet and 100 knots is no time to try to figure out the buttons. (I often take a new portable device with me in the car. When my wife drives, I am navigating to some airport.)
The bill below was introduced to both the house and Senate. Its called the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 and would allow pilots flying recreationally in a wide range of aircraft to no longer obtain a third class medical certificate. The new bill would allow private pilots to make noncommercial VFR and IFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with up to six seats.
EAA members (and all other pilots) should get involved NOW with the community's top priority in GA advocacy.
(CalPilots Editor's Note: Using the term "Airport Commission" is laughable when it comes to Santa Monica. In the spirit of the true airport commission, it is supposed to look after the airport and include actual aviation expertise, not real estate and other business interests such as the City of Santa Moncia populated it with) The Santa Monica Airport Commission showed its support for the city's strategy to eventually shut down aviation operations at the airport, recommending this week that the city council move ahead with taking over chunks of the 227-acre field and imposing new rules for hangar owners and other users. This latest move in the long battle over KSMO's future prompted airport advocates to reiterate their position that federal obligations require that the land must continue to operate as an airport. "These proposals have been offered by opponents of Santa Monica Airport before, and they've been shown to be lacking a basis in federal law and grant obligations," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in a statement Wednesday. "We have long fought these and other attempts to restrict access at SMO, and we will continue to do so."
The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2, which would broaden third-class medical exemptions and expand legal rights, began its journey through the legislative assembly line this week as GA Caucus members in the U.S. Senate and House introduced companion bills. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., introduced S. 571 as an expansion of his legislation that was signed into law in 2012. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., co-chair of the House GA Caucus, introduced the companion bill H.R. 1062. The medical reform is similar to the proposals introduced in 2013 and 2014. The bills would exempt private pilots from the third-class medical for VFR and IFR flights below 14,000 feet and up to 250 knots, in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with up to five passengers. In an effort to force the FAA to comply in a timely fashion, there is also a provision to allow pilots to fly under the new rules 180 days after enactment if the agency fails to update its policies.
Recognizing a shift in users' preferences for automated services, the FAA is changing its Flight Service operation to make it more efficient and reduce costs. The agency will continue to maintain the highest level of safety and none of these changes will affect core flight service safety functions such as search and rescue, emergency services, weather observation, NOTAM entry and dissemination, or pilot weather reports. Pilots are steadily shifting to automated and web-based tools to obtain services and Flight Service is already using this type of technology to eliminate underutilized and redundant services and reduce expenses. The FAA will phase in the changes to ease the transition for users.For more information, including a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section, or to send comments, questions, and suggestions, please visit: http://www.faa.gov/go/flightservice.