October 5, 2007
Last week, a manned aircraft flew through a temporary flight restriction (TFR) that was in place for a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying above Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. At least one report indicates that the incident could have been a near miss.
AOPA says that example proves its argument that airspace restrictions around UAV operations do not enhance safety. The association has been adamant that the FAA require a chase plane with UAV operations in lieu of TFRs.
Since November 2006, the FAA has been issuing a 10-nautical-mile-radius TFR that extends from the top of Beale's Class C airspace to 18,000 feet msl for every UAV flight.
AOPA has long argued that UAVs must fit seamlessly into the National Airspace System.
AOPA members have also voiced their opinion about UAVs: 95 percent believe that UAV operations should follow the same operating rules as manned aircraft.
"Until the FAA develops standards that allow UAVs to operate safely with manned aircraft, the agency must require chase planes," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "TFRs are ineffective and negatively impact the pilots flying near them."
May 10, 2007
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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