President Bush has nominated Edmund “Kip” Hawley to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). If the Senate confirms him, he will become the agency’s fourth director in four years.
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1. Establish a long-term relationship with an aviation medical examiner (AME) so he gets to know you and will be comfortable answering all your questions, even on the phone.
2. Select an AME who is both knowledgeable about aviation medicine and willing to work with you, your treating physician and the FAA regional and national offices to help you retain your medical certificate.
“This is the largest turnout we’ve had in the 50 years we’ve been holding the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar,” Ed Williams, Flight Safety Foundation’s (FSF) chairman, told the more than 370 attendees in his opening remarks.
Williams urged everyone in corporate aviation to become a media source in their community. “We must counter the public’s negative image of corporate aviation as being a perk or toy of the rich.”
As the presidential election heated up last month, the blood pressures of many general aviation pilots rose faster than the campaign rhetoric as they attempted to stay abreast of changing temporary flight restrictions (TFRs).
The FAA is extending its runway incursion information evaluation program for another 24 months, through July 20, 2006, to gather further data about the causes of runway incursions and other surface incidents. The program involves in-depth interviews with pilots and mechanics whose actions might play a role in an incursion.
Management at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fla., has submitted a proposed noise compatibility program (under FAR Part 150 guidelines) to the FAA, which is scheduled to approve or reject it no later than January 16. Public comments can be submitted through September 20. For more information, contact Bonnie Baskin, at the FAA in Orlando, Fla., at (407) 812-6331, ext. 130.
The FAA will soon replace a 1995 advisory circular that provides operators with guidance and recommendations on how to develop and receive approval for a weight-and-balance control program. Weight-and-balance programs have been required for operators of aircraft with five or more passenger seats and operated under FAR Parts 121, 125 and 135. The new publication, AC 120-27D, will add fractional aircraft operations under Part 91, Subpart K.
The DOT Office of Inspector General plans to begin an audit of the FAA’s initiatives to address ATC staffing levels on September 7. For years, various groups have expressed concern that some ATC facilities are either under- or over-staffed. “However, determining the extent of those imbalances is problematic,” said the IG office, because staffing is affected by a number of issues.
NBAA and NATA are collaborating on a series of white papers to clarify use of Part 91 aircraft by Part 135 aircraft charter management companies.
After searching for several months to find a new leader for NBAA, the association’s board of directors reached into the ranks of the general aviation industry early last month to select Ed Bolen to lead business aviation into the second century of flight.