November 13, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Dr. Warren Silberman of the FAA's medical staff (left) with Sandy Skolnick and his wife, Sharon
If you were at AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif., last week, you probably noticed a lot of FAA types on the scene. In fact, numerous FAA employees, many of them 30-year veterans of the agency, took part in Expo to educate and assist AOPA members.
From the FAA’s medical staff, Dr. Warren Silberman, manager of the aerospace medical certification division in Oklahoma City, Okla., was on hand to review special issuance medical applications and, in some cases, grant them on the spot.
Members of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate also were on site to meet with AOPA staff about key issues, including airworthiness directives, the future of light sport aircraft, alternatives for leaded avgas, and future updates to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s “ Aging Aircraft” online course ( http://flash.aopa.org/asf/agingaircraft/swf/flash.cfm? ). FAA staffers also presented an educational course on aging aircraft to AOPA members at Expo.
Staff from the FAA’s airspace division presented a seminar, discussing the FAA’s role in temporary flight restrictions, the integration of unmanned aircraft into the airspace system, and ways that pilots can get involved in airspace redesign in their area.
“The FAA professionals who attend Expo have tremendous experience and really understand general aviation,” said Randy Kenagy, AOPA government affairs chief of staff. “It’s a great opportunity for them to share their expertise with our members and to hear directly from pilots about what’s important to them.”
For your chance to talk to the FAA’s experts, be sure to join us for AOPA Expo 2009 in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 5 through 7.
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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