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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)

 
BFA Awarded National Radio Frequencies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Friday, 07 December 2012 10:23

In light of the looming deadline for the new FCC requirement to "narrowband" radios and frequencies, and in an effort to provide BFA members with yet another tangible benefit for their membership dues and support, the BFA has applied for a nationwide radio license.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 13:13
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Continuing Education Initiative for 2013 and Beyond PDF Print E-mail
Written by Continuing Education Committee   
Friday, 16 November 2012 22:24

At the BFA Board of Directors Meeting in Albuquerque, a new Continuing Education Program was outlined by the new chairperson of the CE Committee Dave Sullivan.  Dave explained that the current "safety seminar" model in use today was originally developed to be a part of the CE program that was developed as the "Links Program" back in the 80's.  Fast forward to 2012, safety seminars have become the only piece left. Traditional seminars now are of varying length, content, and QUALITY.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:45
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BFA committee reports PDF Print E-mail
Written by BFA Board   
Friday, 05 October 2012 22:23

The BFA board of directors has announced that all committee reports received by the board will be available online. Below is a list of reports received by the board for your reference.

 

2012_Bylaws_Committee_Report.doc

2012Teller_Committee_Report.doc

CAAP_FY2012-1.pdf

BFA_LONG_JUMP_CHALLENGE_RULES_2012-2013.docx

CE_Committee_Report_2012.doc

 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2012 22:29
 
2012 BFA All General Meeting Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cory Miller   
Friday, 05 October 2012 22:13

Once a year, the Balloon Federation of America hosts an All General Meeting also called AGM. This year it will happen Saturday Oct 6 2012 at The Landing on Fiesta Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 1:00 pm. This is a chance to meet the newly elected board of directors and officers, listen to reports of the BFA, watch the awards ceremony of awards givn out, and ask questions of the board of directors. Committee reports will be available on the BFA website where you can download them for your reference. Please plan on attending.

 

BFA_AGM_2012.pdf

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 11:49
 
Aerostar Announces Future Hot Air Parts Providers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Glen Moyer   
Friday, 05 October 2012 19:23

Sioux Falls, SD (September 5, 2012) Aerostar International, Inc. has selected a group of companies to carry on the supply of repair and replacement parts for Raven/Aerostar hot air balloons.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2012 19:26
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