July 24, 2013
Can an aeronautical idea still seem futuristic decades, or even generations, after it first tickled the imagination? The public—flying and non-flying alike—certainly seems just as beguiled today with the idea of a flying car as it was when your grandfather earned his plane-spotting credentials by pointing out DC-3s and Lockheed Constellations overhead. The concept of a car equally comfy on an airway and a highway was causing considerable camera clicking at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., where the “roadable” Terrafugia Transition drove in, unfolded its wings, and flew.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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