Even though the nation’s airlines are playing nice with general aviation over the contentious question of user fees, the Obama Administration has clearly signaled that it wants to fund the FAA with more user fees in Fiscal Year 2011.
In late March, Congress approved legislation to extend FAA funding from March 31 until September 30, the end of Fiscal Year 2009. While the extension gives lawmakers more time to work on H.R.915, “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009,” Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the ranking Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, blasted Democrats over continued delays in reauthorizing the FAA.
With pressure increasing on the Environmental Protection Agency to mandate elimination of tetraethyl lead from avgas, Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) has stepped up research into alternative fuels for aircraft piston engines.
Just two days after the second Rolls-Royce RR300-powered Robinson R66 made its first flight in February, Robinson Helicopter CEO Frank Rob- inson still had little good to say about small turbine-powered helicopters.
When President Bush signed a bill extending FAA taxes and programs for six months, the whole FAA reauthorization imbroglio landed in the laps of the new President and the new Congress.
After a year of programming and Web design, Globalair.com has unveiled a new graphical fuel-price route planning service that allows operators to plot trips via airports offering the lowest fuel prices. Globalair.com’s new Max-Trax service shows prices at FBOs that participate in the company’s Airport Resource Center (ARC) information service, for both jet-A and 100LL avgas buyers. Demos are available at Globalair.com’s NBAA booth (No.
After Diamond Aircraft announced that the synthetic-vision technology (SVT) upgrade for the DA40 piston single would be priced at $9,995, pilots of single-engine Cessna models started asking how much they would pay for the Garmin G1000 enhancement. The surprising answer is zero dollars for a limited time in the 182 Skylane.
Congress has allocated $8.5 million to research on alternative piston aviation fuels in the coming fiscal year. Though current supplies and production of 100LL avgas are secure for the near term, AOPA argues that alternatives may become necessary later.
Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air-quality standards for lead, AOPA executive v-p of government affairs Andy Cebula warned that any immediate changes to current aviation fuel standards would have a “direct impact on the safety of flight and the very future of light aircraft in this country.”
When he left his vice president slot at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) earlier this year to become senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Andrew Cebula had to change his point of view along with the alphabet initials on his business card.