Private Pilot License

July 23, 2012 - 4:15pm

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that the FAA and DHS databases did not interact as expected when vetting flight training students.

June 25, 2012 - 11:46am

There is only a little time left to comment on a petition for exemption from the third-class medical requirement for pilots flying recreationally. The exemption petition was submitted to the FAA by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the comment period closes on July 2. As of June 25, there were more than 3,300 comments, but the more comments received, the more the FAA might pay attention.

March 1, 2011 - 3:00am

Next time you have some solitude, sit quietly and think back to that early part of your life when you began to wonder what itπd be like to fly.

September 30, 2010 - 5:22am

The requirement for pilots to be certified fit to fly by a medical doctor is a universal feature of aviation regulatory bodies. The International Civil Aviation Organization sets the standard, which individual states can modify. According to ICAO, “To become a professional pilot or an air traffic controller, an applicant must be in normal good health (including normal hearing, normal vision and normal color perception).”

January 27, 2010 - 10:24am

In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.

November 2, 2009 - 10:42am

Aviation has always been a tightly knit and closed society. We have our own language, ethical standards and barriers to entry so formidable it’s a wonder that people make the effort to become pilots, mechanics, controllers, flight attendants, airplane builders and so on.

July 28, 2009 - 10:24am

Pilatus PC-12/47E, Santa Fe, N.M., Sept. 29, 2008– The single-engine turboprop was destroyed and its owner-pilot killed when the aircraft crashed three miles north of its destination of Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF). Darkness prevailed at the time of the accident. The Part 91 personal flight, on an IFR flight plan, originated at Teterboro Airport and made an unscheduled stop at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport for fuel.

December 31, 2008 - 7:32am

British Aerospace HS.125-700A, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 1, 2006–The Hawker landed gear-up at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport because the flight crew failed to extend the landing gear, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the inoperative audible landing gear warning system. The pilot explained that he was distracted by trying to locate the runway for a visual approach.

May 8, 2008 - 11:09am

Eclipse Aviation introduced an in-house mandatory training program for customers of its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet, which includes pilot qualification and supplemental training by the University of North Dakota’s aerospace department. Jet-transition and type-rating courses will be provided free of charge with each Eclipse 500 purchased. A mandatory type-training admission evaluation, conducted by UND, will cost between $500 and $750.

December 18, 2007 - 6:48am

Sixty years ago, with the outcome of the World War II still nearly 12 months in the future, 52 nations met in Chicago to agree on a format for the worldwide development of civil aviation in the post-war environment. As codicils to the Chicago Convention of Dec. 7, 1944, which formalized the existence of ICAO, each operational remit area was amplified by means of a numbered Annex.

 
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