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Industry innovator leads charmed aviation life

Article | Apr 04, 2013

Ronald Alexander’s charmed aviation life—which includes flying for the U.S. Air Force and Delta Air Lines, creating several aviation-related companies, collecting and restoring antique aircraft, and founding the Candler Field Museum—are among the reasons he will be one of three inductees into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 27.

ELT ban threatens ‘substantial costs, fleeting benefits’

Article | Apr 02, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission should “immediately abandon” its bid to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5-MHz ELTs, AOPA said in a regulatory filing. From its technological shortcomings to its costs—estimated by the FAA as $500 million—the proposal initiated by the FCC in January should be dropped, and the FCC should defer to the FAA on this and any future regulatory actions where aviation is concerned, AOPA said in extensive formal comments submitted April 1.

Pilots urged to help prevent 121.5 MHz ELT ban

Article | Mar 20, 2013

AOPA is reminding pilots concerned about the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) to submit their comments to the FCC by April 1. AOPA strongly opposes the proposal, which in effect would force pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs, thereby hindering, rather than improving, aviation safety.

Don't ban 121.5 MHz ELTs, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2013

The Federal Communication Commission's plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs--effectively forcing pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs--would hinder, not improve, aviation safety and conflicts with existing laws, AOPA says.

Luxury surtax targeting aircraft resurfaces in Maryland

Advocacy | Mar 13, 2013

A Maryland lawmaker has proposed to levy an additional sales surtax on a list of items, including all general aviation aircraft, categorized as supposed "luxury" items.

'We got a rogue vehicle': ATC honored for assists

Article | Mar 07, 2013

The airliner was on short final, descending from a 600-foot overcast, when Philadelphia Tower controller Dave Giberson shifted his attention from the airborne radar to ground radar and saw a blip. He ordered the airliner to abort, and saved lives. Giberson was one of many controllers honored with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Find out what caused the blip.

FCC floats new 121.5 MHz ELT ban proposal

Advocacy | Feb 28, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission has revived a plan to ban 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in a proposal that could cost aircraft owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.

GPS tracking to speed Alaska rescues

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Help for downed aircraft in Alaska could arrive sooner under a new program that will send distress messages including GPS coordinates from participating pilots' satellite tracking devices directly to flight service stations, where they would be matched with active VFR flight plans.