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)
Says The Law Would Have Potentially Led To Excessive LitigationCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown (D) has taken what may have been an unexpected, but welcome step ... at least welcomed by the UAV industry. On Wednesday, he vetoed SB 142, the bill that would have forced all UAVs to fly at an altitude of not lower than 350 feet over most of the state.In his veto message, Brown (pictured) said "This bill would enact trespass liability for anyone flying a drone less than 350 feet about real property without the express permission of the property owner, whether or not anyone's privacy was violated by the flight.
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.
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.
Written by GENERAL AVIATION NEWS STAFF
- July 30, 2015
JULY 29, 2015 The Experimental Aircraft Association and other general aviation groups have fired back at an inflammatory letter sent by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) to all U.S. senators that "made numerous false and unsubstantiated claims regarding the efforts to expand freedoms in general aviation and reform aeromedical certification," according to EAA officials.
EAA leadership was fuming at AirVenture on Saturday morning, as they dealt with a last-minute, unexpected letter from the Air Line Pilots Association sent to members of Congress, opposing the Pilots' Bill of Rights 2 now under consideration -- with a vote in the Senate expected as soon as Tuesday. ALPA cited concerns over safety if the bill, which would allow GA pilots to self-certify under most circumstances, were to pass. "This is an out-and-out attack to derail the bill," EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said at an impromptu news conference at Oshkosh on Saturday morning. "We think it's unconscionable, and unfair to the GA public." Pelton and the EAA staffers quickly worked to rally the troops at AirVenture to call their senators on Monday to let them know the bill is important to them.
AUVSI Says It Would Make Virtually All Flights Illegal
A bill that is working its way through the California Legislature would create a no-fly zone for UAVs from the ground up to 350 feet over any private property in the state.
The bill, introduced by District 19 Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, "would extend liability for wrongful occupation of real property and damages to a person who operates an unmanned aircraft or unmanned aircraft system less than 350 feet above ground level within the airspace overlaying the real property, without the express permission of the person or entity with the legal authority to grant access or without legal authority."
Deadline Now September 8, Allows For A Full 90 Days Of CommentThe FAA is extending the public comment period for its Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex project to September 8, 2015, to allow for a full 90 days of comment.
The project is a comprehensive proposal to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of Southern California by making the airspace safer and more efficient. It proposes to replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic procedures with new satellite-based procedures, which are a key component of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The Metroplex proposal encompasses most of Southern California and includes six major airports.
AOPA is hoping for some movement on the relaxation of third class aviation medical requirements "in the next few weeks," according to a report recorded for AOPA Live. Jim Coon, AOPA's senior vice president of government affairs, told the program that medical reform remains AOPA's top priority. "This is an issue we are working on every day," said Coon. "We know how important it is to members and to the future of general aviation, so we will keep pursuing reform through every means available to us." Coon said there now bills before both the Senate and House to introduce the measure and it's also possible it could be added to another bill or as part of the coming FAA reauthorization. FAA funding runs out Sept. 30.