Happy New Year from the California Pilots Association. May 2014 provide blue skies and tailwinds in the coming year…….

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christmastree(With Apologies To Major Henry Livingston, Jr.) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care, In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots. I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up, And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter, I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter. A voice clearly heard over static and snow, Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

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If you’re like most people, you commuted to work this morning, set up shop, got involved with the projects on your schedule, took a lunch break, got back to work, and then commuted home again. The whole process took something like nine or 10 hours and in that time you were bombarded with messages, advertisements,…

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aopaSays agency must carefully consider ‘measured risks’ – FAA apologizes for delay in responding to the AOPA-EAA third-class medical eaapetition.Administrator Michael Huerta has formally responded to an AOPA request for an update on the status of the association’s third-class medical petition, but it remains unclear when the agency will make a final decision. (CalPilots Editor’s Note: This is an excellent example of CalPilots The Three Tiered Airport/Aviation Defense. The AOPA and the EAA are large national organizations with a presence in Washington DC and as a team they are hard to ignore). 

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Proposed Legislation Would Cut Third-Class Medical Requirement for Many GA Pilots
December 11, 2013 – Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced a bill in the U.S. House today that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally. (CalPilots Editor’s Response: Hats off to the EAA and AOPA for pushing on the FAA to stop dragging their heels on this no brainer regualtion change). 

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After almost two years of FAA inaction on the proposed AOPA-EAA third-class medical petition Congress has created legislation that would eliminate the time consuming and costly process for third-class medical certification.

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FAA temporarily halts implementation of new requirements

December 10, 2013 – The Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), the professional organization for Aviation Medical Examiners who provide medical certification exams to the nation’s pilots, has joined the consensus against the FAA’s new sleep apnea policy announced last month.

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