October 8, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
On Oct. 7, AOPA responded to the SD Holdings (SDH) patent infringement lawsuit. AOPA alternatively moved to dismiss the lawsuit or have the lawsuit moved from Oregon to Maryland.
AOPA requests dismissal due to the fact that there is no basis for SDH’s patent infringement allegations against “FlyQ Web,” AOPA’s online aviation flight planning tool that is available to members free of charge. AOPA explains that SDH does not assert a tenable claim of patent infringement, and therefore that the only allegation of patent infringement is defective, and that SDH lacks any good-faith basis to assert patent infringement against AOPA.
In the event that the Oregon court declines to dismiss SDH’s complaint, the motion also requests the transfer of the case to Maryland.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
The first fly-in meeting of the Young Presidents' Organization's Aviation Network drew more than 150 people to Alpine Airpark, an upscale fly-in community in the natural beauty of far western Wyoming.
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