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Thank you for taking part in the 2013 Continuing Education Webinar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cory Miller   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:21

Thank you for taking part in the 2013 Continuing Education Webinar. If you were registered for the seminar, an email was sent to you with the form to complete to receive credit for the seminar. This is sent out at the end of the seminar. If you have not received this, please send an email to Cory Miller at cmiller@bfa.net

A huge thank you goes to Aero-News for streaming the event this year. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:24
Senate GOP Leader Wants to Pop Smokey Bear Balloon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:03

A popular hot air balloon in the likeness of the National Forrest Service icon Smokey Bear has become one of the latest targets in the rush to forestall going over the edge of the fiscal cliff.  The Associated Press reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said Thursday during the Senate's opening day that the Smokey Bear balloon was a waste of taxpayer dollars, especially at a time when the Republicans are looking to tackle the federal deficit.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 13:11
FAA/NPS Require Air Tour Reports Over National Parks PDF 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)

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