October 30, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Thanks to intervention from AOPA, the FAA is not going to require knowledge testing center employees to become FAA designees or set mileage requirements between centers.
The association strongly opposed a proposed order to make testing center employees become FAA designees because the process would have required days of travel and training for each employee.
“The employees would have become designees similar to aviation medical and pilot examiners,” said Rob Hackman, AOPA senior director of regulatory affairs. “The knowledge testing center employees play no role in evaluating the test, so requiring them to become FAA designees would have been inappropriate.”
AOPA also opposed changes to another order that would institute a mileage requirement between testing centers. The association argued that the number of centers in an area should be decided by market demand.
This summer, the FAA revoked administration privileges for nearly 160 knowledge testing centers that gave less than 25 tests during the past year. Since that time, AOPA has successfully worked with the FAA to get testing privileges reinstated for more than half of the centers that challenged the revocation.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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