EAA, GA Groups Unified in Opposition to ATC Privatization

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"

The ATC Privatization Proposal - A Bad Idea for General Aviation

President Trump's characterization of the United States Air Traffic Control system was a statement, unsupported by evidence, that listeners are supposed to believe and take as face value. He describes the system as "an ancient, broken, horrible system that doesn't work" - which could not possibly be farther from the truth. In reality, the US ATC system is, without a doubt, the best in the world, handling a volume of traffic that far exceeds that of any other system anywhere. It does this with a degree of safety that is as close to 100% as you can measure, and while there are always efficiencies to be gained with modernization (a process that pilots are already paying for in the cost of ADSB equipage), there is no doubt that the system is measurably without peer. Unfortunately the vast majority of non-aviators, knowing nothing more than that they have had a flight delay on an airline, has no idea that the President's statements are merely political posturing. Continue reading "The ATC Privatization Proposal - A Bad Idea for General Aviation"

EAA Joins Other GA Groups Opposed to White House ATC Privatization Plan

User fees a main funding pillar of plan that is 'solution in search of a problem'

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today joined other general aviation groups in opposing the measures outlined by the White House for reform of the nation's air traffic control system, telling the administration that dismantling the current system will devastate GA while not accomplishing the desired goals of efficiency and technological improvements. Continue reading "EAA Joins Other GA Groups Opposed to White House ATC Privatization Plan"

EAA Statement on White House ATC Privatization Proposal

faa logoOn Thursday, the Trump Administration released a budget proposal that confirms one of our greatest concerns regarding the future of U.S. general aviation: the potential separation of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization into an "independent, non-governmental organization." This proposal mirrors one introduced in Congress last year in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

EAA strongly opposed ATC privatization then, and we strongly oppose it now. Continue reading "EAA Statement on White House ATC Privatization Proposal"

Adding Rigor

Im sure that most VFR aviators have heard over and over again that adding an instrument rating will make them a better pilot. It's not that adding the rating is going to let them launch into ay kind of weather, and make their flying as reliable as buying an airline ticket—it won't (unless they can afford a true all-weather aircraft, and in that case, they can probably afford to hire a full-time pilot as well). But adding the rating gives a person a totally different framework for their flying—a rigorous structure that centers on being procedural, doing things the same way every time, and sharpening up their precision in all of their flying. Sure, you can do all of those things as a VFR pilot, and many do—but getting the instrument ticket forces the process. Continue reading "Adding Rigor"

Propellers Suck

Hamilton Standard propeller on Douglas DC-3 Photo: By Z22 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

No, I'm not being nasty - I’m just finishing up studying the material for the FAA's A&P Powerplant knowledge exam, and finding out all sorts of interesting things that the FAA wants me to know about propellers. Interestingly, some of them are actually true!  Well, truth is sometimes a matter of which vocabulary you are using, but when it comes to an FAA knowledge test, theirs is the only one that counts! Continue reading "Propellers Suck"