Written by GENERAL AVIATION NEWS STAFF
- February 20, 2015
LOS ANGELES — Community leaders joined in Feb. 12 to break ground on Clay Lacy Aviation's new South Campus, a $10 million, six-acre expansion of its current headquarters facility at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).Attended by more than 100 students from NVOC-Aviation, a VNY-based aircraft mechanics school, the event celebrated local job creation and economic growth. (CalPilots wants to acknowledge Clay Lacy's longtime support and congratulates Clay on his well deserved success).
Large Scale Project Begins Next Month, Will Continue Into 2017A large-scale runway construction and rehabilitation plan at KLAX will begin in March 2015, and continue into 2017. The construction will take place in the five phases.
Calls Lack Of Recreational Limits A 'Glaring Gap' In FAA's AuthorityCalifornia Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is not satisfied with the proposed rules put forth by the FAA for small UAVs in the U.S. She says that small UAVs flown for recreational purposes should also be regulated.
Written by Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI Chief Safety Officer, PilotSafety.org
- February 16, 2015
Please be aware that with the SMO VOR being out of service (2/10/15 - 3/14/15) the Mini Route is not available and the Special Flight Rules Area is only available to aircraft with suitable RNAV equipment.Frequently Asked Questions
For the latest information on airman testing, check out the completely revamped frequently asked questions document available on the FAA's Airman Testing page at www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/ . The FAQs are presented in terms of three main topics: certification, training, and testing with easy-to-navigate hyperlinks. The Airman Testing page also includes a link to submit an airman knowledge test question idea and a link to submit general feedback. You can also find newly updated information on the industry-developed Airman Certification Standards (ACS) along with sample tests for the private pilot airplane, helicopter, and glider knowledge exams.
General aviation supplied 1.1 million jobs and contributed $219 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, according to a study (PDF) conducted for eight major GA groups. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the study Wednesday at its annual news conference in Washington. The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, examined GA-related industries and their direct and indirect benefits to the economy, such as aircraft component makers selling parts and charter flight passengers spending money on hotels. It used the latest data available from 2013.
In state-by-state data, California had the highest total economic impact at $30.2 billion. The top 10 states ranked by total output attributable to GA in 2013 were California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Ohio, and New York. They accounted for 57 percent of the total output nationwide.
Written by Ted Gablin RAA President , Doug Williams RAA Editor
- February 12, 2015
The Redlands Airport Association (RAA) was formed in June 2014, for the purpose of assembling many different Redlands Airport (REI) interests to come together as one voice. This has been a challenging undertaking for all involved, but positive results have already been witnessed.For the past few years, a local brewery has held an airshow of sorts at REI called AirFest. These events have been held to celebrate the brewery's anniversary.
PILOT ALERT Lexus dealer planning to build a parking lot in the RPZ
The Lexus dealer on Crenshaw Blvd is requesting permission to build a parking lot with light standards within the RPZ. The Airport Commission will hear the City's recommendation to approve this development on Thursday 2/5 at 7 PM in the City Hall West Annex.
More details can be found on the Torrance Airport Association web site:
It will come as no surprise to you, a general aviation enthusiast, that the United States contains a considerable number of airports. Even so, the actual number of airports may be higher than you imagine. Higher by quite a bit, frankly.
Our non-aviation enthusiast counterparts may feel differently, however. They may learn that in 2004 the United States Department of Transportation listed 599 certificated airports in its tally. If that number seems low to you — and it probably does — consider that the term "certificated airport" relates to only those airports that serve air-carrier operations with aircraft seating more than nine passengers.