While the 60th EAA AirVenture didn’t disappoint in the normal arenas of kitbuilt aircraft, workshops, new light sport aircraft, ultralights, warbirds, stirring airshow aerobatics, a performance by the Steve Miller Band, outdoor movies, bratwurst roasting on the grill, 200 Piper Cubs, heat and thunderstorms and more, there were signs that this show is changing.
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 the wake of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing that foreign flight students can be cleared for flying lessons earlier than they would be cleared to fly commercially on U.S. airlines, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee has filed a bill to close a loophole in the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).
NBAA and AOPA are using the political conventions in the U.S. this week and next as platforms to highlight the value of general aviation to policymakers and opinion leaders. They are at the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa, Fla., and will be at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.
For those of us who have long dreamed of retiring to an airport home, there is finally some definitive action in the pipeline. Alas, for most of us, that airport residence will likely remain just a dream. But for others, thanks to Rep.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) board of directors approved Flight Design and Sandel Avionics yesterday as the association’s newest members. With these additions, GAMA now has 78 member companies. Flight Design is a light aircraft manufacturer based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Sandel Avionics engineers and manufactures avionics, including several terrain avoidance systems, for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
The U.S. aviation system would suffer a “devastating” hit if the process of automatic federal budget cuts known as “sequestration” takes effect in January, according to industry leaders. An Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) study released yesterday estimates that 132,000 aviation jobs would be lost in the first year as a result of sequestration, which requires $500 billion in federal non-defense spending cuts over the next decade.
Building on a study called “General Aviation Airports: A National Asset,” the FAA said it will use the information to give the general public a better understanding of GA airports in the community and within the national air transportation system, and how they serve the public interest.
After asking for a show of hands from air charter operators who are experiencing difficulties filling pilot vacancies, FAA deputy director of flight standards John Duncan told attendees at last month’s NATA Air Charter Summit that he gets involved in discussions about pilot shortages in a lot of different venues. “From an academic standpoint, it’s going to be interesting,” he said. “But from a community standpoint, it’s probably going to be a little painful. This is a dilemma for the aviation community.”
The heads of six general aviation groups last month strongly rebuked a report by a Washington, D.C.-area radio station that alleged GA is the “Achilles Heel” of aviation security. “We are concerned because the report treats issues that were raised and addressed 10 years ago as if they are new, and because it fails to make any mention of the myriad, multi-layered changes to general aviation security that have taken place since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,” they said.
AeroBridge is seeking volunteer pilots and aircraft from North and South Carolina and Georgia to help support the 2012 South Carolina State Hurricane Full Scale Exercise next Tuesday (June 5). The South Carolina hurricane disaster exercise is practiced yearly and directed by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Eighteen federal and state agencies are to participate, along with eight nonprofit organizations, including AeroBridge.