October 30, 2008
By 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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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