December 2013

Aviation Regulation

Legislation Would Cut Third-Class Medical Requirement

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). 

Aviation Regulation

AME Group Objects to FAA Sleep Apnea Policy

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.

California Airports

Palm Springs International Airport Airline Traffic Up

Palm Springs Airport Travelers say Palm Springs’ airport has its own place in the sun – The number of passengers using Palm Springs International Airport in the last decade has grown 55.5%, with many travelers favoring it over bigger, more congested hubs.

In the courtyard of Palm Springs International Airport, Irene Dignon leans back in her chair, soaking up the sun at an open-air wine bar as she waits to begin a trip back to Scotland.