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Proposed Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Performance Requirements Print E-mail
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
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.

FAA Finalizes Recurrent Aircraft Registration Rule Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:40

N-Numbers For Airplanes That Are Not Re-Registered Will Be Cancelled


Last Updated on Monday, 26 July 2010 19:57
FAA Issues Special Airworthiness Bulletin for Balloons Carrying More Than 4 Passengers Print E-mail
Written by FAA   
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 18:53
SAIB: CE-10-31
SUBJ: Fuselage - Free Manned Balloons with Undivided Gondolas Date: May 5,
2010 This is information only. Recommendations aren't mandatory.

This special airworthiness information bulletin alerts owners and operators
of all models of free manned balloons with gondolas that carry more than
four passengers of an airworthiness concern, specifically the potential risk
of injury during landing with undivided gondolas.
The airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant
airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal
Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

This recommendation results from an NTSB accident investigation of aircraft
N2867W, Aerostar S77 hot air balloon. There were eight passengers on board;
two passengers were injured, one minor and one serious. During the Report of
the Administrator, Flight Standards District Office investigation, it was
determined that large balloons may derive a safety benefit from having
partitions in the gondola.

The FAA recommends that owners/operators of all models of free manned
balloons with more than four passengers divide the gondola into partitions
following gondola manufacturer methods or standard maintenance practices.

For Further Information Contact
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, Attention: Mr. Taylor Martin, ACE 112, 901
Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106; telephone (816) 329-4139; fax (816)
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 May 2010 08:10
NTSB Report on Sproul / Lachendro Accident Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2009 12:51

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued their accident report on the accident at Fiesta last summer. You can read the

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2009 13:03
FAA Website gets new design Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 08:01

As part of the August 2009 Web Improvements to the FAA.gov website, you’ll notice a completely new look, along with redesigned “Air Traffic” and “NextGen” pages, and an improved Airworthiness Directives search. These updates represent the most comprehensive round of enhancements to FAA.gov this year. Part of the 2009 Web Improvement Program for FAA.gov, this launch is the sixth group of enhancements this year.

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