MEMBER ALERT: AOPA Pilot Information Center and Member Services will be closed today, Dec. 12, after 2:30 p.m. Eastern, and will reopen Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Thank you for your understanding.
December 9, 2008
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.
GA Safety and Accidents
For pilots, the 60,000-plus-member Civil Air Patrol readily comes to mind when an aerial role in a rescue is launched.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
Tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship series, including two U.S. races, are now on sale.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.