April 1, 2013
By Air Safety Institute staff
Now that sequestration cuts are a reality, pilots who operate at airports where control towers are closing will experience those cuts first-hand. Beginning April 7, the shut-down of 149 contract air traffic control towers will begin and will occur weekly through May 5.
With 38 states affected by these closures, it’s very likely that your flying club will be impacted. Maybe not at your base airport, but what about towers at airports nearby or those used frequently by your club for cross-country flights? For some of your flying club members it may have been a long time since they’ve flown at a non-towered airport. Now is the time for a refresher!
This would be a great topic for a flying club safety meeting. Fortunately, AOPA and ASI have many products to help:
Regardless of whether your airport has a tower that is closing, with most of the country enjoying beautiful flying weather now is a great time to update your non-towered operations skills. Use positive peer pressure to encourage everyone in your club to do the same!
Safety and Education,
FAA Information and Services,
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.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.
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