When the new president takes office in January, among the myriad issues he’ll address will be the concerns of the aviation community. Certain to top the list are FAA reauthorization, air traffic control modernization and the selection of a new FAA Administrator.
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As the Senate and the House of Representatives neared adjournment for August, both parties in the Senate were patting themselves on the back for their presumed successes.
Nearly three years after publication of an interim rule, the NTSB has published the final rules of the so-called “Hoover Law.” Although there are a couple of significant changes, the “final rule continues to be stacked in the FAA’s favor and against airmen,” according to the summer 2003 issue of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Journal.
Back before the Iowa primary, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain spent
lots of time rolling around that state on campaign busses. But with the clock ticking toward election day and much bigger terrain to cover, both presumptive presidential nominees have long since turned mostly to business jet travel.
The so-called “Hoover Law” has proved to be ineffective, according to the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association (LPBA). Legislation enacted in April gives pilots the option of requesting a hearing before the NTSB within 48 hr of an emergency revocation of their certificate. Such a review was not permitted previously. The NTSB must decide if the revocation was justified. If not, the certificate is reinstated.
Congress took its own spring break, leaving March 21 to 23 and returning the second week of last month. By March 23 the box score on bills submitted was 2,073 in the Senate and 4,081 in the House.
Once asked his opinion of the almost 200-mi island stretching from the towers of Manhattan to the wet salt marshes and massive summer homes that are the playgrounds of the rich and famous, Mark Twain is said to have sighed and said, “Well, it certainly is a long island.” So long that following months of wrangling by Long Island aeromed and EMS agencies, local lawmakers have decided to permanently extend aeromedical rescue helicopter service t
It had been a routine flight, right up to the moment that the captain dialed 24,000 into the altitude preselect controller and we began our descent. As I rolled the vertical-speed wheel into a nose-down command, the Citation VII responded slowly, but eventually began a healthy 2,500-fpm descent as we left FL 350 for 240.
With the Republicans retaking control of the Senate when the 108th Congress convenes early next month, some recognizable names will be moving back into the leadership positions they were forced to vacate when former GOP Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont became an independent and allied with the Democrats in the middle of last year.
For more than 38 years, AIN contributor Jack Elliott, an award-winning journalist and member of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, chronicled aviation in New Jersey and beyond through his weekly column in the Sunday Star-Ledger. Now he has compiled a collection of his favorite columns in book form.