April 22, 2005
Federal officials couldn't answer the question, but AOPA could. During a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Tennessee Rep. John "Jimmy" Duncan asked how foreign controller productivity compares to that of U.S. air traffic control. The Government Accountability Office didn't have the answer and neither did a representative of German air traffic control. So after the hearing AOPA President Phil Boyer dropped in on Duncan to provide the facts. As it turns out, the average controller in the United States handles approximately 3,500 IFR operations each year at a cost of $172 each. By comparison, in Germany the average controller handles only 490 operations at a cost of $390 each. Then Boyer took the opportunity to show Duncan a letter from AOPA member Ward Whelchel, who had written the congressman at AOPA's request to state his opposition to user fees. While Duncan hadn't yet seen the letter, he immediately called Whelchel. "I want all AOPA members in my state to know that I'm not for user fees and there is no way I will be for them," said Duncan, who is a member of the House aviation subcommittee and its former chairman.
April 22, 2005
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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