May 27, 2005
Volume 5, Issue 21 • May 27, 2005
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BOYER PROVIDES GA PERSPECTIVE ON WEATHER SERVICE BILL AOPA President Phil Boyer appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings last Thursday in a story about proposed legislation that would restrict public access to the National Weather Service (NWS). Boyer presented general aviation's opposition and explained that obtaining weather data is a critical part of preflight planning for pilots. "Forty percent of all fatalities are caused by weather-related factors," Boyer said. The proposed bill, introduced by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), would prohibit the NWS from offering any "product or service that is or could be provided by the private sector." On the newscast, Boyer demonstrated how he uses a computer to access weather data as a routine and necessary part of preflight planning. See AOPA Online. WATCH FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY AT GA AIRPORTS As the flying season kicks into high gear, general aviation airports become a hubbub of activity, particularly during long holidays like Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July. During this increased activity, remember to be alert for anything suspicious. AOPA's Airport Watch Program provides a security checklist of suspicious activities, a toll-free hotline to report questionable activity, and a guide that teaches pilots how to secure their aircraft. Report suspicious activity on the government-provided toll-free Airport Watch hotline (866/GA-SECUR[E]). If immediate action is needed, call 911. AOPA partnered with the Transportation Security Administration to develop a nationwide Airport Watch Program to help keep GA airports secure. See AOPA Online. HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR AOPA MEMBER PROFILE? To make the most of your membership and allow us to serve you better, please visit AOPA Online and update your personal member profile.
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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