April 3, 2005
The FAA has finalized the list of NDB approaches it is considering canceling. Now it's up to pilots to let the agency know if any of these approaches are still needed.
"The FAA is looking to cancel underused, redundant approach procedures, not decommission NDBs," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory policy. "In almost all cases, the runway end is also served by another ground-based navaid (VOR, LOC, or ILS) and a GPS approach." (See " FAA to eliminate redundant instrument approaches.")
The revised list now includes 479 approaches under consideration for cancellation.
"This is now the opportunity for AOPA members to make their concerns known to the FAA," said Rudinger. "If you rely on the approach, tell the FAA that, and how frequently you need the approach." Comments are due April 4. You can e-mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send a copy to email@example.com.
According to the FAA's practical test standards, neither a GPS nor NDB approach is required to successfully complete instrument training or an instrument proficiency check. On the other hand, if the equipment is in the aircraft and an approach is nearby, the examiner can require you to demonstrate you know how to do it.
March 4, 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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