MEMBER ALERT: AOPA is closed today, March 5, due to inclement weather. We will reopen March 6 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
March 1, 2003
AOPA is continuing to push the FAA to make its field approval process more "GA friendly." At the FAA's request, AOPA recently met with agency managers to discuss AOPA's concern that general aviation has been negatively impacted by last year's changes to the field approval policy.
That change has made it much 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's primary goal is to ensure these common practices will continue. AOPA is also pushing to make GPS installations easier by asking the FAA to eliminate the need for a field approval altogether.
At the meeting, AOPA reaffirmed its previous formal request that the FAA rescind the September change to its field approval policy and work on developing a more GA-friendly policy. The FAA has rescinded the new policy in Alaska because of the problems it created, but it hasn't budged on rescinding it for the Lower 48.
"The FAA should take immediate action to bring the service in the Lower 48 to a more acceptable pre-September 2002 level, as it had already done in Alaska," said Melissa K. Bailey, AOPA vice president of air traffic, regulatory and certification policy.
FAA Information and Services,
A metal detector enthusiast recently unearthed fragments of a legendary World War II aircraft, and the U.S. Navy deployed a team to investigate in February.
With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.
AOPA’s Air Safety Institute has awarded Flight Assist Commendations to 10 air traffic controllers who guided general aviation pilots to safe landings despite thunder storms, icing, mountainous terrain, and inoperative instruments and radios.
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