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Long-term FAA bill clears Congress, heads to president

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2012

The Senate, following up on House action last week, has passed a four-year, $63.4 billion FAA reauthorization bill with no user fees or fuel-tax increases. The bill, now headed to the desk of President Barack Obama for signing, would give the FAA its first long-term operating authority since 2007.

Things you never want to see in D.C.

Article | Feb 02, 2012

The F-16 suddenly appeared off the left wing of the GippsAero G-8 Airvan. It wagged its wings, and its engine, in afterburner, shook the sky like an aerial earthquake.

No user fees, tax hikes in long-term FAA bill

Advocacy | Feb 01, 2012

No user fees. No increase in avgas or jet fuel taxes. General aviation pilots can celebrate what wasn't included in the long-term FAA reauthorization bill. The House and Senate ironed out details on a four-year FAA reauthorization bill Jan. 31, paving the way for a full vote in both houses before the latest short-term funding extension expires Feb. 17. Highlights of the bill indicate that GA fared well.

FAA updates Washington, D.C., flight rules course

Advocacy | Dec 01, 2011

After changing ingress and egress operations at Virginia's Leesburg Executive Airport inside the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), the FAA has updated its online training course that is required for pilots operating within a 60-nautical-mile radius of the DCA VOR/DME.

Above NY

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

At the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (JRB) - the first heliport in the United States to offer scheduled passenger service and the only place today where one can begin commercial tours of the city in a helicopter - people are happily anticipating their 15- to 20-minute rides. There are five operators here, each offering a bird's-eye view of the city that never sleeps, the home of Hearst and Trump and Giuliani - and, of course, the worst terrorist attack in the twenty-first century.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Forty-five nautical miles—about a 15-minute flight in the Piper Meridian I was flying. Night, good VFR weather.

Postcards: Long Beach

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

In 1910, aviators from around the world gathered at Dominguez Field, northwest of Long Beach, California, for America’s first aviation meet. Spectacles included dirigible and airplane races zooming past the grandstands at up to 60 mph (downwind, of course).

FAA replaces D.C. SFRA notam

Article | Jul 01, 2010

The FAA has issued two revised notams for the Washington D.C. Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA); however, the new notams will have little impact on general aviation.