ATC privatization has been removed from an FAA reauthorization bill in the House of Representatives, scoring a victory for general aviation against a powerful, well-financed lobby that sought to give control of the national air traffic system to the country's largest airlines. Continue reading "FAA Privatization plan dropped from House bill"
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today joined a consortium of general aviation groups united in opposition to legislation introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), which includes provisions to turn the nation's air traffic control infrastructure and services to a privatized, non-profit board dominated by commercial aviation interests. Continue reading "EAA, GA Groups Unified in Opposition to ATC Privatization"
Bob Hoover, whose extraordinary aviation life included flying in World War II, test-flying for the Air Force and performing a unique airshow act demonstrating the laws of aerodynamics with a twin Shrike Commander, died this morning at age 94. Hoover was widely regarded as "the greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived," as Jimmy Doolittle described him. During his long career, he won a long list of awards and honors, including the National Aeronautic Association's Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, the Living Legends of Aviation Freedom of Flight Award, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Trophy, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the French Croix de Guerre and many more. Continue reading "Legendary Bob Hoover Dies At 94"
The House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that extends funding for the FAA through September 2017 and--in an another step forward for a long-awaited breakthrough--included language to reform the current third-class medical certification system.
The legislation, the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), passed on a voice vote in the House. It now moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected this week that would move the bill to the president for his signature before the current FAA funding extension expires on Friday. The aeromedical reform language in the bill has already passed the Senate three times in various measures since last December. Continue reading "Another Step Forward for EAA/AOPA Effort: House Passes Aeromedical Reform"
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) released the following statements after the announcement that Congress will include third class medical reform in proposed FAA extension legislation.
"This has been slow, painstaking work, but important work, as EAA members have told us this is the top legislative priority," said EAA CEO/Chairman Jack J. Pelton, who has been part of the EAA team working the issue with congressional leaders. "As we mentioned often since the beginning of this effort, bringing change through legislation is not quick or easy. EAA and AOPA have fought every day to overcome significant hurdles in Congress and will continue to do so until aeromedical reform is signed into law. The medical reform proposed in the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 is a major step forward in changing the landscape of medical certification for recreational and personal flying. It provides relief for pilots while maintaining safety – and in some cases, enhancing it." Continue reading "EAA and AOPA Statement on Third Class Medical Reform, Proposed FAA Extension"
We're glad to see Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association joining forces where it makes sense. That was clearly visible this morning when we spotted a long line at what turned out to be AOPA's Rusty Pilots seminar at the EAA national convention. Up early must be part of knocking off the rust; today's seminar was a pre-8 a.m. breakfast meeting. A second Rusty Pilots seminar is scheduled for Saturday.