February 8, 2008
A recent Santa Clara State of the County address called for a study to close Reid-Hillview Airport so the land could be used for nonaviation purposes. This is at least the third time a study has been recommended as a means to close the airport. On Feb. 5, AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn wrote Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete McHugh, opposing any effort to close Reid-Hillview. The countywide reliever airport system and San Jose International depend on the airport, which is obligated by federal funds to remain open. The FAA has told AOPA that it will not allow the airport to be closed. Reid-Hillview will be a key airport this fall when AOPA Expo 2008 comes to San Jose. AOPA already has discussed the threat to the airport with the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau.
February 8, 2008
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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