May 30, 2012
By Jim Moore
The FAA has announced that public comments gathered online and in upcoming meetings will help the agency decide on future applications from warbird operators who wish to carry paying passengers.
The Living History Flight Experience exemptions have long allowed warbird operators to offset the cost of operating vintage aircraft; the current policy dates to 2006, and includes various requirements intended to maintain safety. Now, the FAA is posing a long list of questions, opening for public debate questions of whether current pilot qualification requirements are adequate, along with nearly every other aspect of operating a warbird for hire.
Meetings take place at FAA headquarters, 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, D.C., June 26 through 28 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone who wishes to attend is asked to RSVP because space is likely to be limited: A recent near-miss with potential legislation that would have halted warbird flights prompted a groundswell of opposition and protest.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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