January 30, 2003
The FAA has committed to AOPA that the agency will fix the current problems with its field approval policy. Last year, the agency changed the policy that governs approval of routine major aircraft alterations and repairs. And that made it more difficult for aircraft owners to obtain common modifications to their aircraft such as installing wing-tip strobes, converting generators to alternators, and converting drum brakes to disc brakes. AOPA became concerned that field approvals for general aviation aircraft would no longer be practical and asked the FAA for a fix.
The FAA has now responded. In a letter to AOPA, James Ballough, the director of FAA's Flight Standards Service, outlined actions under way to revise the "new" field approval policy. Ballough reaffirmed the FAA's commitment to performing field approvals.
"We met with Jim last week and reiterated our concerns about the FAA's ability to enforce its new policy and preserve the field approval process," said AOPA Vice President Melissa Bailey. "We will continue pressing the FAA to ensure that aircraft operators have access to this important process." (See also AOPA's regulatory brief.)
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
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