December 28, 2004
In just 90 days, on March 30, 2005, anyone who owns or operates a turbine-powered airplane that carries six passengers (not counting pilot or copilot) must have a terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) installed or face the grounding of their aircraft. The looming deadline is prompting an increasing number of questions to AOPA's Pilot Information Center (800/USA-AOPA), so AOPA aviation technical specialists and regulatory affairs staff have prepared a frequently asked questions page for AOPA members.
"Turbine-powered airplanes make up barely 7 percent of the general aviation fleet," said Woody Cahall, AOPA's vice president of aviation services. "But for most people who fly them, they're a vital business tool. So we want to be sure that we address the needs and questions of our turbine members as well."
FAR 91.223, which establishes the TAWS requirement, went into effect on March 29, 2002, and gave pilots of existing turbine-powered aircraft a three-year grace period. After March 29, 2005, affected aircraft that have not been outfitted with a TAWS unit may not legally operate.
December 28, 2004
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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