December 9, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to increase the number of events that require immediate notification, some of which are already reported by pilots to the FAA.
In comments filed Dec. 8 with the agency, AOPA asked the NTSB to be more specific about its reporting requests to prevent confusion. AOPA also asked the agency to avoid creating duplicate reporting requirements.
Among the events the NTSB wants pilots to report are the loss of more than 50 percent of the certified electronic primary displays, incidents in which evasive action is required to maintain separation from other aircraft while on an instrument flight plan, and runway incursions that result in immediate crew action to avoid a conflict. That last item would apply only to air carriers, not GA pilots.
“The proposed changes have not gone far enough to alleviate confusion and decrease duplicative reporting efforts,” said Robert Hackman, AOPA senior director of regulatory affairs.
AOPA provided recommendations for more specific language that could reduce confusion over reporting requirements.
Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.
Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.
Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.
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