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.
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.
On October 2, 2015, the FAA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to amend the regulations governing the curriculum and operations of FAA-certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools. These amendments would modernize and reorganize the required curriculum subjects in the appendices of the current regulations.
Written by Joan Morris - San Jose Mercury News
- November 02, 2015
For scores of dogs running out of time in Bay Area shelters, Cindy Smith is something of an angel.Not only does the Livermore woman work with rescue groups to save the dogs no one seems to want, she and a cadre of volunteer pilots fly the canines hundreds of miles northward, where loving homes await.
At least 10 local pilots — perhaps more — offered disaster support to about 30 people who were directly impacted by the mudslides that buried Highway 58 between the Sand Canyon area of Tehachapi and Mojave Friday morning, forcing the closure of the major east-west Kern County artery.
Written by GENERAL AVIATION NEWS STAFF
- September 17, 2015
NOVATO, Calif. — Scanlon Aviation will host a safety awareness weekend at Gnoss Field Oct. 22–25. Headlining the event is Master Instructor Rich Stowell, the 2014 National FAASTeam Rep of the Year and 2006 National CFI of the Year.
SBD Fest 2015 Roars into SBD International Airport on October 17, 2015(San Bernardino, CA – September 15, 2015) SBD Fest will take place at SBD International Airport on Saturday, October 17, 2015; celebrating the return of air shows to the skies over San Bernardino. The event offers a unique opportunity for the Airport to connect with surrounding communities and provide a fun event for families in the region. The opening ceremony, scheduled for 10:45 am, will pay tribute to the Airport’s rich heritage as a former US Air Force Base.
The California International Airshow scheduled for September 26, 27 is coming up quickly. Would you please pass the following message on to your local pilot association/clubs/flight schools? All aircraft flying in for the show and leaving same day will have their ramp fees waived. Pilots flying into the airport for the airshow will receive pre-admission airshow ticket prices for entry ($15.00) and the FBO, Jet West will be offering a .50 cent per gallon discount on fuel during airshow weekend.