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October 22, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The FAA is advising pilots that the Notices to Airmen Publication (NTAP) valid from Oct. 17 to Nov.14 will not be available in printed form as a consequence of the recently concluded partial government shutdown.
The agency also announced the addition of quick response codes (QR codes) to visual navigation charts, giving pilots a quick link to safety information.
The electronic version of the newly issued NTAP is available for download. The NTAP is published every four weeks.
AOPA encourages pilots to request that your flight service briefer check the NTAP during preflight briefings—because once a notam is included in the publication, "the information is not provided during pilot weather briefings unless specifically requested by the pilot," as stated in the Aeronautical Information Manual.
Adding quick response codes (QR codes) to aeronautical charts lets pilots scan the chart to receive a direct link to such information as safety alerts, chart notices, notams, Alaska weather camera data, and other data. Scanning the QR code (see illustration) on a navigation chart will bring pilots to this page on the FAA website.
Advocacy and Legislation,
FAA Procedures and Services
AOPA is looking to the Michigan Senate for “refinement” of proposals amended unfavorably in last-minute House action.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.