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September 14, 2006
The FAA has some answering to do concerning how it will respond to plans by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to no longer publish Flight Information Publications (FLIP) and Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF) for public use.
AOPA worked with Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), an AOPA member and powerful member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and aviation subcommittee, who has requested answers from the FAA regarding the elimination of these safety-of-flight products from public access.
After October 2007, the NGA will no longer publish aviation navigation charts and products for the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific, Australia, and Antarctica.
Rep. Ehlers requested the FAA reveal its "transition plan to provide the en route charts, supplemental flight information, and instrument approach procedures for the United States, the Caribbean, and South America."
He also wants details on the transition of the DAFIF, specifically what the agency is doing to ensure that the National Flight Database, which was developed by the FAA, will incorporate the DAFIF domestic information before it is taken from public access next month.
"The DAFIF database, currently available only from the NGA, is the only government-sourced digital database with robust domestic aeronautical information," Rep. Ehlers wrote to the FAA. "Many consumers and vendors providing electronic flight planning programs rely on the availability of the domestic DAFIF information to provide safety of flight information to users of the National Airspace System."
AOPA has raised concerns about the removal of this information from the public arena and continues to work with Congress to ensure pilots can still get the flight information they need from the government.
September 14, 2006
Pilot Safety and Skills
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a voluntary safety reporting program that allows airmen to make anonymous reports to the government about issues encountered in aviation, with anonymity allowing the airman to be candid–even when their actions may have been a violation of the regulations.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.