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November 1, 2007
AOPA ePublishing staff
By AOPA ePublishing staff
AOPA wants to make sure the FAA doesn't make hasty decisions as it moves forward on its plan to shift to a satellite-based navigation and air traffic control system.
The association is asking for a 60-day comment period extension—beyond the Jan. 3 deadline—so that the general aviation industry has ample time to respond to the FAA's proposal for ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast). AOPA said that there are hundreds of pages of documents and supporting materials that raises some serious questions and members need to learn about the costs and benefits.
The FAA estimates that aircraft owners will invest between $1.27 billion and $7.46 billion in avionics equipment. ADS-B may improve safety and improve ATC services at GA airports, but Congress is already skeptical about the FAA's ability to keep tabs on the new ADS-B contractor. Members of the House aviation subcommittee raised questions at a hearing last month.
On August 30, the FAA awarded a contract to ITT Corp. to build and operate the ADS-B ground infrastructure and supply aircraft position data to the FAA. One month later, the FAA issued the proposed rules that would require all aircraft to add ADS-B equipment by 2020 to be able to fly within Class B and C airspace and above 10,000 feet.
November 1, 2007
FAA Systems and Airspace,
FAA Procedures and Services,
Advocacy and Legislation,
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.