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
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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