Politicians like to use the term “dead on arrival” to refer to unpalatable bills, and that’s how 116 bipartisan members of the House earlier this year described a trial balloon floated by the Obama Administration on user fees for general aviation.
News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.
In another sign of China’s growing interest in general aviation activities, the CAAC issued validation of the FAA type certificate for the Superior Air Parts Vantage piston engine. The Vantage is a four-cylinder, 361-cu-in, 180-hp engine available in carbureted or fuel-injected configurations. CAAC officials spent five days conducting an audit and evaluation process at Superior’s Coppell, Texas headquarters.
When President Obama was in his business aviation-bashing mode earlier this year, the general aviation industry countered with a rally in Wichita that attracted more than 2,000 GA workers. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was there, and he lauded the importance of general aviation manufacturers to the state of Kansas and the U.S. industrial base as a whole.
As the lawsuit over the dismantling of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program moves toward a hearing before a federal district court judge, NBAA and AOPA have established a legal defense fund for people and companies to help defray expenses the two associations incur.
The high-level industry and government committee tasked by the FAA with developing “a common understanding” of NextGen priorities has recommended a set of baseline airborne equipment and next will advise on operational or financial incentives that would help aircraft operators install that equipment.
SimCom Training Centers closed a deal to acquire 14 simulators and training programs from FlightSafety International on August 17. With this addition, Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom will operate 59 flight simulators at its five U.S. training centers.
Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have created a statistical model of daily operations at general aviation airports that might uncover unusual activity that could indicate a security threat.
The U.S. Department of State has issued a new report warning that thousands of man-portable air defense systems (Manpads) remain unaccounted for and may be “outside the control of national governments,” posing threats to the commercial aviation industry and military aircraft around the world.
Instrument proficiency and aviation safety association IMC Club International of Norwood, Mass., has reached an agreement with New Hampshire-based PilotWorkshops.com to upgrade the training offerings significantly for IMC Club members.
The loss of service from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) stations in the Gulf of Mexico last summer exposed the risk inherent in the FAA monitoring a contractor-owned system, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.