June 21, 2006
Aren't you glad you have an association that stays on top of all of this? The FAA has just released another notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), some 18 pages of changes to the Part 77 regulations for the preservation of navigable airspace and protecting pilots and airports from obstructions.
Here's what you need to know: The rules will help the FAA better protect instrument approaches, AOPA supports the changes and has been involved in this rulemaking process for over a decade, and if you want to comment on the changes, you have until September 11 to do so.
"One of the most significant changes is that the entire regulation is written in plain language and formatted so that it is easier to read," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services.
The proposed regulations would more closely align the "imaginary surfaces" with FAA airport design and instrument approach criteria. That would give the FAA the ability to "identify and study more structures to ensure the integrity of instrument procedures and to maintain traffic capacity."
The FAA could now consider objects that might interfere with navigation or communications signals. Private-use airports with FAA-approved instrument approach procedures would now fall under Part 77 regulations, making it harder for someone to build obstructions near these airports.
June 21, 2006
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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