March 11, 2005
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has closed Potomac Airfield, one of the so-called DC-3 airports located within the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) surrounding Washington, D.C. Tuesday's closure followed repeated violations of the security requirements placed on the airport, the agency said.
"AOPA worked hard to get Potomac and the other DC-3 airports reopened to general aviation with special security requirements after the 9/11 closings, and we want to see GA pilots continue to have access to the capital area," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "We've taken a careful look at the circumstances of this closure, and it boils down to the airport manager and the TSA coming to agreement on the way to resolve the issue."
The airport and pilots operating there are subject to special security rules because of the field's location only 7 miles from the Capitol and within the FRZ. With the immediate closure of the airport, a number of aircraft were stranded.
TSA is working on a plan to allow those aircraft to be relocated while it continues to work with Potomac Airfield management to resolve the problems that led to the closure.
November 3, 2005
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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