August 31, 2012
By Gary Crump
For those of you with special issuance authorizations, you may recall on your previous authorization letters that there was a statement requiring you to carry your authorization letter with you when you fly. This requirement was put in place as a result of an audit from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2007, in which the auditor determined that the FAA was not in compliance with ICAO International Standards and Recommended Practices by not including the disqualifying medical conditions on the airman's medical certificate.
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With a closing speed of about 900 knots, Air Force pilots on a training mission have seconds to aim and shoot heat-seeking and radar guided missiles at a drone target. Their success came from repeated rehearsals. But as author Larry Brown writes, “there is nothing like the real thing to gain experience.”
AOPA staff members updated attendees of the Montana Aviation Conference Feb. 27 through March 1 on the association's involvement in issues that affect pilots.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for certain Cessna models after icing-related accidents.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.