July 25, 2008
AOPA is opposing restrictions on general aviation operations at John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports “because they could establish a principle that could be used for restricting access at airports across the country,” said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. The FAA has taken two steps to keep GA out of the two New York area airports: a short-term order that limits GA to one or two flights per hour at each airport (except between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.) and a long-term proposed rule that would not only limit GA operations, but also auction landing slots to the highest bidder. Read more on AOPA Online.
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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