faastThe July/August 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on Flying Companions. In this issue we look to provide a basic guide for friends and loved ones who join us in the air or might have an interest in doing so. In addition, you can learn about the current state of ADS-B and where it’s going in the future.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) say they welcome a step taken by the FAA to open a dialogue with the aviation industry about the agency’s pilot-screening proposal for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The FAA recently circulated draft revisions of its proposal as a mechanism to engage industry stakeholders on…

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Secretary Foxx Announces 10 New Members to – WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today appointed 10 new members to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC). The council advises the FAA on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters. (CalPilots Editor’s Note: The FAA needs a council that can help it move forward from its bureaucractic glacier like responses in Washington D.C.)…

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on Wednesday sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta insisting that the FAA withdraw its new policy on obstructive sleep apnea or go through the rulemaking process. “We believe this policy inappropriately bypasses the rulemaking process; overlooks potentially more effective and efficient solutions; provides no clear safety…

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Here is an interesting article on the FAA, an insiders view of its practices and inefficiencies. It will assistin understanding what is happening regarding how the agency manages itself and the various projects it is responsible for. It is lengthy, but, it will provide you with important information on why the FAA shouldn’t be adding user fees, but instead, start to become effective through streamlining and cuts.

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eaaEAA signs deal with FAA to cover controller expenses at Oshkosh The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29.

“Let me be clear: We have consistently regarded the FAA’s move as holding AirVenture and GA hostage this year,” said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton.  “There was considerable, detailed thought given over the past month to every option and possible scenario. Ultimately, AirVenture’s importance to the entire general aviation economy and community, as well as to EAA’s year-round programs, was the overriding factor in our response. AirVenture will go on, and our attendees deserve nothing less than the best air safety and services we can provide.

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faaIf you have already replaced your paper pilot certificate, then this message is not for you. On the other hand, if your pilot certificate is still printed on paper, please read carefully.

The FAA is under a mandate to replace all paper certificates with plastic certificates. In fact, paper pilot certificates have already expired!

If you are a mechanic, on the other hand, and do not replace your paper certificate on or before March 31, 2013, you will no longer be able to exercise your privileges!

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The opportunity to participate in the FAA’s 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 is ending soon. Nov. 30, 2012, is the last day selected aircraft owners/operators may submit information for the 2011 calendar year. For more information visit www.aviationsurvey.org/faqs, call toll-free at 888.672.4493, or send an email to InfoAviationSurvey@faa.gov.

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California has also experienced the FAA’s “not so friendly general aviation attitude” when the FAA wanted to create an even more confusing airspace in Los Angeles (is that even possible?) due to the complaints of Jet Blue regarding TCAS alerts departing out of Long Beach. Additionally, the FAA’s total lack of concern with the NOAA’s air space grab along the entire west coast left all of us shaking our heads when NOAA could not, and would not, produce evidence which validated the need for further restrictions over wildlife areas.

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