November 29, 2006
You have less than two months to obtain a passport if you are planning to fly to Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, or other points in Central and South America next year.
Starting January 23, you'll need it to enter (or re-enter) the United States under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative — your birth certificate and government-issued photo ID won't work anymore. And you'll need it whether you are flying in your own general aviation aircraft or if you're an airline passenger.
Congress set forth the requirements for the initiative in a 2004 act. AOPA had requested that this requirement not be extended to GA until 2008 to allow the association more time to inform pilots of the changes.
The departments of Homeland Security and State announced the requirement last week as part of a broader initiative to secure U.S. borders. Limiting the types of documents travelers can present should make the U.S. border more efficient, according to the departments.
November 29, 2006
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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