April 29, 2005
Unmanned aerial vehicles will operate at 45,000 feet over California's Channel Islands and farther out over the Pacific Ocean in late April and early May. They are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA for atmospheric and oceanic research off the California coastline. The flights can last as long as 20 hours, according to officials at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. NASA officials said they are looking forward to "routine access to the National Airspace System" in the future that will allow unmanned vehicles to play an expanding role in Earth science and other missions. AOPA has expressed concern about potential conflicts between GA aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles at lower altitudes. For more information on AOPA's perspective see the issue brief on unmanned aircraft systems.
April 29, 2005
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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