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WA, OK, CO Make Progress in Tower Marking Efforts

March 20, 2014 “The penalty for noncompliance with Washington state’s marking and lighting requirements is a misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum 24-hour jail sentence and $250 fine on the first offense.” While the FAA has stalled in protecting aerial applicators from the hazards of unmarked meteorological evaluation towers (METs), three states continue to make strides

FAA Announces Intention to Appeal UAV Jurisdictional Ruling

March 14, 2014 The FAA announced last week that it plans to appeal an NTSB administrative law judge’s ruling that the agency does not have the authority to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The FAA’s action arose from a case involving Raphael Pirker, who was fined $10,000 for flying his remote controlled aircraft to film promotional videos

NAAA and Others in GA Community Urge Senate to Support Sleep Apnea Bill

March 7, 2014 “OSA has never been identified as a causal or contributing factor in a single fatal aviation accident.” —Letter to U.S. Senate   NAAA along with a coalition of GA groups sent a letter to all 100 members of the U.S. Senate March 4 urging senators to support swift passage of S.1941, a companion bill

FAA Issues New Helicopter Operating Rules

March 7, 2014   The change that is likely to have potential impact on ag helicopter operators is an increase in weather minimums for all general aviation helicopter operations in Class G airspace. The FAA issued a final rule regarding new helicopter operating regulations on Feb. 21. The rule was primarily aimed at reducing the growing number

U.S. Senate Introduces GA Pilot Protection Act, Companion to House Bill

March 11, 2014 – Three U.S. senators Tuesday introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act as a companion bill to one unveiled in the House of Representatives in December, which includes a provision that would reform airman medical certificate standards while maintaining safety. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)