Aviation Interest

Medical Reform Moving in Congress

There is hope for third-class medical reform and it may become a reality soon. A bipartisan amendment to the Senate highway bill was filed this week by Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas), adding language to support third-class medical reform.

The language introduced in the highway bill mirrors suggested medical rules included in the Pilots Bill of Rights 2, which was presented to Congress earlier this year by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma). Support for the bill has been gaining momentum in the House and Senate, AOPA said.

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GA Survey Ending Soon

Did you receive an invite to participate in the 37th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2014? If so, please send in your response as the survey period will soon close. Contact Tetra Tech with any questions at 1-800-826-1797 or via email infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com.

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Aviation Editor John Kounis Dies

John Kounis, editor of aviation magazine Pilot Getaways, died suddenly this week at his home in Glendale, California. Kounis was an avid pilot with several thousand hours of flight time and the proud owner of a Cessna 185. During his exciting career, he visited more than 50 countries in a variety of general aviation airplanes.

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July/August 2015 issue of FAA Safety Briefing

The July/August 2015 issue of FAA Safety Briefing highlights the many unique opportunities that GA flying enables in all four corners of our great nation. Articles in this issue help prepare pilots for what to expect when traveling outside their home airspace in terms of plan, pilot, and plane.

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GPS Interference Testing – Fallon, NV

GPS Interference Testing – Fallon, NV
Notice Number: NOTC6059
GPS Interference Testing

NSAWC 15-01

22-30 June, 2015

Fallon, NV

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Fly safely around summer storms by getting to know them—and your resources—a little better.

Thunderstorms can be awesomely beautiful phenomena when viewed from the ground. They also contain almost every known aviation hazard—turbulence, icing, hail, lightning, microbursts, reduced visibility, and strong winds. So, when viewed from the air, thunderstorms can be terrifying. Understanding the how and why of the weather and your weather avoidance tools can increase your margin of safety when slipping the surly bonds this summer.

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Congress Drops Noise Amendment To Appropriations Bill

Eight Associations Successfully Lobby Congress Eliminate The Provision

A group of eight aviation associations recently sent a joint letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee in a successful attempt to convince the committee not to regulate by legislation.

At issue was the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, which contains an amendment to impose a noise curfew at Burbank, California’s Bob Hope Airport. The amendment was defeated on Tuesday.

The broad coalition had said the amendment circumvents existing federal law (the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990) intended to prevent a patchwork of inconsistent local requirements.

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Pilot Insights –

Pilot Insights – What’s Harder? Flying in Class B Airspace or Taxiing at a Complex Airport?

For many of us, landing at an airport in Class C or Class B airspace can be a challenge. For some pilots, talking to radar controllers seems intimidating. But, most pilots who fly into towered airports and who use flight-following on a regular basis find that the talking part does not seem so bad. In fact, most of the students that I take into Class B airspace find that it’s no big deal. It does require being attentive to the radio and listening for instructions regarding headings and altitudes, but these are not much different than calls we receive when in Class D airspace, talking to Tower.

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FLIGHT ADVISORY GPS Testing 01 June 2015 Barstow, CA.

Notice Number: NOTC6024 FLIGHT ADVISORY GPS Testing NTC GPS 15 – 01 01 June 2015 Barstow, CA. More information available at the download link below: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2015/May/NTC_15-01_GPS_Flight_Advisory.pdf

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Class of 2015 for California Aviation Hall of Fame named

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Museum of Flying will host the induction into the California Aviation Hall of Fame of Iris Cummings Critchell, Lt. Col Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton, Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland, and Burt Rutan on Saturday, April 25. The Museum of Flying has confirmed the attendance of Critchell, Gilliland, and Rutan.


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