The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) says that its Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rulemaking initiative has made substantial progress after a meeting with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. EAA also met with the FAA during AirVenture to discuss MOSAIC, which is designed to "relieve builders of well-proven homebuilts of some of the burdens that have limited their aircraft's use and flexibility but not enhanced safety." Continue reading "EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA"
KITPLANES Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye responded to an EAA request for a demonstration on the glass screen capabilities on today's homebuilt aircraft. The plan was to compare the possibilities in an experimental to the EAA's fully STC-updated C172 and an "average" jet. Continue reading "KITPLANES Briefs the FAA on Experimental's Capabilities"
The talk of pilots today at Oshkosh were the many challenging arrivals experienced by many of the thousands of pilots over the last couple of days. The image that you see here is not doctored in any way - that is the way we received it from an experienced pilot who arrived yesterday. If that doesn't scare you, nothing will! Continue reading "Problem Arrival"
Cruising across the wilds of central Nevada the other day, my thoughts turned to GPS and the frequent outage NOTAMs we get when the military decides to play games with the signals. Its not uncommon for wide swaths of the western deserts to have warnings that GPS might be unreliable for significant portions of time. Now don't get me wrong - I am the very understanding of the potential military issues of having or not having GPS available (by the military and everybody else), as well as the need to train for use without it. We have to remember that initially, GPS was designed as a military asset - the fact that it has now been incorporated as key technology in everything more advanced than a toaster is simply a testament to its universal acceptance. Continue reading "Thoughts in Cruise"
Hmmm... unknown caller from Georgia on the cell phone. With the amount of robocalls for cruise lines that seems to be generated these days, I generally let unknowns go to voice mail, but OK - I'll bite. Might be a homebuilder that needs some help! "Hello, Mr Dye? This is [name withheld]. I'm an aviation safety inspector with the FAA in Georgia." Deep breath Paul... let's see what comes next... "I'm with the ADS-B Focus Team, and I'd like to email you the latest report for your RV-3 - there are some ADS-B exceptions that need to be addressed, and we'd like to help you out." Whew... so they didn't find out about that time when... oh, never mind... Continue reading "The Call"
Six associations representing the general aviation industry issued a statement strongly opposing the Trump Administration for including in its government reorganization proposal a failed idea to privatize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) air traffic control services. Continue reading "Latest ATC Spinoff Proposal Meets Continued and Heavy Opposition"