Gnoss Field Wildlife Concerns

Wildlife hasn’t posed much of a problem at Gnoss Field over the years, but pilots say the Bahia marsh restoration project nearby makes flying at the county airport more dangerous than ever.

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Civil Air Patrol To Converge On The SoCal Coast

Holm Center Commander To Address 500-plus CAP Members

More than 500 Civil Air Patrol members are heading for California’s South Coast for the all-volunteer organization’s 2010 Annual Conference and National Board. The 2010 conference is set for September 1-4 at the San Diego Marriott Marina.

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AB48 – California Law Needs A Go-Around

The dynamics of obtaining professional flight training in the United States are no doubt complex—which is why we focus on the elements of finding a good flight instructor and training organization whenever we talk to prospective pilots about learning to fly. The consumer must be their own best advocate, because those flight training organizations vary widely. But how can we help these budding flyers—vital to our survival—steer clear of those unethical organizations that have so visibly failed?

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Byron Airport Land Use Commission Meeting – Wednesday

Wednesday August 11th – The Byron Airport Land Use Commission, which is charged with protecting the airport from encroachment by incompatible uses near Public Use Airports and to promote the economic future development of California airports, is seeking Pilot Inputs on the subject addressed below.

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Calif. flight schools closer to reprieve on costly reg

Flight schools in California could get a stay from the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009, a law that has had unintended consequences. Assembly Bill 1140 passed the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee by a vote of 6 to 1 Aug. 9. The bill would give flight schools 12 months to comply with the postsecondary act. The bill still faces significant legislative hurdles, however, and will need a fiscal analysis and could require another hearing from the Appropriations Committee or be sent directly to the California Senate floor for a vote.

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NTSB: Inspect ELT Mounts

Based on recent history, the NTSB Friday sent two safety recommendations to the FAA requiring operators to inspect the mountings of all ELT transmitters installed on general aviation aircraft to ensure the units don’t break free in a crash. The recommendations (PDF) are the byproduct of the de Havilland turbine Otter crash in Alaska on Aug. 9, 2010, that killed five, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.

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