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FAA/NPS Require Air Tour Reports Over National Parks Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:58

The recently passed FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 included a provision requiring air tour operators conducting tours over national parks and abutting tribal lands to submit reports to the FAA and the National Park Service (NPS).

The "Notification and Guidance" will be posted on the FAA and NPS web sites "very soon" according to the Helicopter Association International website, and the reporting template will be updated with a few revisions, including route altitude and duration.

According to the document, the FAA and NPS are requiring air tour operators conducting commercial air tours at parks that are not listed as exempt from the requirements. The reports are required of people who conduct commercial air tour operations below 5,000 feet agl over a unit of the national park system, over tribal lands that are within or abutting a unit of the national park system, or any area within 1/2 mile outside a unit of the national park system or less than one mile laterally from any geographic feature within a park ... unless that feature is more than 1/2 mile outside a park boundary.

Clear as mud, as usual.

HAI indicates that the FAA and NPS will post the guidelines on their websites "very soon," along with updated reporting templates to include route altitude and duration. A list of parks exempt from the rules has been posted to the Federal Register.

 

(courtesy www.aero-news.net)

 
FAA Seeks Input On Inconsistent Rules Interpretations (Updated with correct link to survey) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 00:00

Online Survey To Help Develop Recommendations For Consistency In FAA Services For Pilots

There are nine FAA regions scattered around the U.S., along with 10 Aircraft Certification Offices and more than 80 Flight Standards District Offices. But given today's technology, it is often frustrating to pilots and others in the industry that they do not always seem to be on the same page when it comes to the application or interpretation of regulations. But recently the U.S, Congress told the FAA to do something about it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:56
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Medication update: FAA changes Nyquil use guidelines Print E-mail
Written by Gary Crump   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:09

Medication update:

FAA changes Nyquil use guidelines

I’ve commented before on the evolving policies coming out of Washington regarding the whole spectrum of medical certification, particularly in the area of medications usage. The only new update I have for you this month is on a commonly “self-prescribed” over-the-counter cold treatment, Nyquil. Nyquil is used to treat the symptoms of the common cold, upper respiratory infections, and allergies. This popular medication contains ingredients that can be sedating, and include dextromethorphan, pseudoephedrine, acetaminophen, and doxylamine.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:38
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FAA Administrator Babbitt Resigns in Wake of DWI Charge Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 10:55

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned. Babbitt submitted his resignation after having been arested and charged with DUI earlier this week in Virginia. Here is his statement:

"Today I submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and it has been accepted. Serving as FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor and the highlight of my professional career. But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA. They run the finest and safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside them. I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned. I also want to thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership and dedication to the safety of the traveling public."

SecTrans LaHood  has issued a statement, as well:

“As FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt has been a dedicated public servant and outstanding leader. I’m proud to say that we have the safest aviation system in the world, and thanks to Randy’s stewardship, it became safer and stronger. He worked tirelessly to improve relations with the labor community and bolstered employee engagement among his 49,000 colleagues at the FAA. He led the FAA’s efforts to improve pilot training and enhance safety for the traveling public, as well as those that work in aviation. On behalf of the American people, I thank him for his service and his leadership.”

(courtesy www.aero-news.net)

 
Proposed Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Performance Requirements Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 15:41
ADS-B provides air traffic controllers and aircraft pilots with detailed real-time information on position, velocity, and identification. The Federal Aviation Administration is developing a Technical Standard Order (TSO) for affordable ADS-B equipment in non-rule airspace. The proposed TSO for the transponders begins with a 60-day public comment period beginning in May 2011, a June FAA workshop to provide more information, and the final release of the TSO in August 2011.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 16:07
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FAA Proposes Requiring Pilot Certificates To Include Photos Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Saturday, 20 November 2010 09:08

Comments On NPRM Due February 17


The FAA announced Thursday it is proposing that all pilot certificates include photos of the certificate holder.  This action follows a requirement that all pilot certificates be made of plastic and contain security features, such as a hologram and an ultraviolet-sensitive layer, to prevent tampering, altering and counterfeiting.

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