July 26, 2012
By Jim Moore
Acting FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta fielded questions at EAA AirVenture July 26.
Acting FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said the agency is focused on accelerating the arrival of NextGen benefits for both commercial and GA users, and called on pilots to renew their commitment to safety at a forum hosted by EAA at AirVenture July 26.
Huerta, fielding questions from an audience that included dozens of pilots and other attendees of the massive airshow in Oshkosh, Wis., said that increasing the efficiency of aircraft certification and other agency functions will be achieved with a renewed focus on communication, though he acknowledged that change in an organization with 48,000 employees will take time.
Huerta said NextGen, the upgrade of the National Airspace System to one based on high-precision satellites instead of ground-based navaids, has many benefits, including an increase in safety. Huerta said that aircraft equipped with ADS-B capabilities are involved in fewer accidents, with a 47 percent decrease in the accident rate documented by FAA analysis.
“That’s huge,” Huerta said.
As more metropolitan areas become equipped with the ground stations needed to facilitate ADS-B capabilities, both airline and GA aircraft will see fewer conflicts, Huerta added.
“The big benefit for GA is, it enables us to de-conflict airplanes,” Huerta said.
Huerta fielded a question about the recent White House push to implement $100-per-flight user fees for turbine aircraft using ATC services, a move that Congress has rejected so far. Huerta said President Barack Obama is “trying to start a conversation about how can we reduce the reliance on the general fund.”
FAA operations are largely funded with proceeds from a tax on aviation fuel, a policy that AOPA and other organizations have long maintained is the most equitable.
Huerta faced tough questions from senators during confirmation hearings in June, and there has been no word yet on when a vote will be taken on his nomination.
FAA Information and Services,
The silence on the approach control frequency is broken as the controller speaks your N number and advises, “Traffic, two o’clock, westbound, type and altitude unknown.”
Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.
Kirby Chambliss dodges the Texas Star Ferris wheel, whizzes under a bridge, zigzags between trees, and buzzes police vehicles with sirens blaring in a promotional video for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which comes to Texas Sept. 6 and 7. Can the police #CatchKirby?
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>