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.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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