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

Introduction
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.

Background
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.

Recommendations
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)
329-4090.
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
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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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Transportation Safety Board of Canada Wants Changes in Commercial Balloon Operations Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:27

(Gatineau, Quebec, March 27, 2008) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released two Interim Aviation Safety Recommendations following the accident (A07C0151) that occurred northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, on August 11, 2007 involving a FireFly 12B hot air balloon in a commercial operation.

In its Aviation Safety Recommendation documents forwarded to the Minister of Transport, the TSB notes that balloons are considered aircraft under the Aeronautics Act. However, while balloons can carry up to 12 fare-paying passengers, they are not regulated at a level comparable to that of other commercial aircraft operators. The TSB recommends that:

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2009 15:58
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