October 20, 2006
AOPA is preparing a lawsuit against the state of New York to overturn the onerous background check law. Meanwhile, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has posted guidance on how it will begin implementing the New York flight school student applicant background check law that went into effect last week. The division is still working out a number of details on how to enforce the law. The Web page, though not yet complete, contains forms for potential students to consent to a background check and for flight schools to designate an individual to receive the background check information. AOPA encourages New York members who have questions about the law to contact the division directly. A contact phone number and e-mail address are listed on the site.
October 20, 2006
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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