August 30, 2012
AOPA ePublishing staff
The general aviation community has experienced inconsistencies in the interpretation and application of regulations and policies by the FAA in a number of areas. For example, aircraft owners and operators may have experienced this when applying for supplemental type certificates or field approvals, or when undertaking major repairs. Pilots and businesses may see it when applying for operating certificates or working with different FAA offices.
An aviation rulemaking committee is working on recommendations to make regulatory interpretation more consistent and is seeking feedback from the aviation community. Data collected through the survey, spearheaded by the Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee, will be included in the group’s recommendations to the FAA administrator at the end of the year. The survey should be completed by Sept. 25. A free webinar is being offered Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. Eastern to update the industry on the committee’s progress and provide more information about the survey.
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Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
The vanishing of five U.S. Navy aircraft in 1945 remains one of the legendary mysteries of aviation, one that may soon be solved.
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