Governments & aviation
Senators move to stop flight tower closures
Sunday, 14 April 2013 16:27

A group of 18 senators is introducing legislation to stop the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from closing nearly 150 air traffic control towers this summer.

The FAA has identified 149 flight control towers at small regional airports it intends to close because of the sequester.

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Obama signs law to avoid duplicate luggage screening
Saturday, 29 December 2012 10:59

Obama signs law to avoid duplicate luggage screening

Millions of international travelers from a few select countries won't have their bags X-rayed a second time when making connecting flights in the United States, under a law President Obama signed Thursday.

The so-called "No-Hassle Flying Act" gives the Transportation Security Administration the authority to waive domestic screening for luggage from foreign airports that already passed through preclearance security overseas. The Senate and House each approved the legislation with voice votes.

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Obama Shields U.S. Airlines From EU Carbon Fees, Gets Reprimanded By EU’s Connie Hedegaard
Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:41

Obama Shields U.S. Airlines From EU Carbon Fees, Gets Reprimanded By EU’s Connie Hedegaard Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/11/29/obama-shields-u-s-airlines-from-eu-carbon-fees-gets-reprimanded-by-eus-connie-hedegaard/#X33iEwEMq3rAVtLb.99President Barack Obama has now signed a bill, which we previous wrote about, that would restrict U.S. airlines from paying a EU carbon fee that would have been charged for flying to the European Union. Notably, the fee has already been temporarily waived for non-EU airlines for 1 year.

The fee is a tax on the carbon emissions* of aircraft flying into European countries, part of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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Saudi postpones awarding new aviation licenses
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:09

Saudi postpones awarding new aviation licensesSaudi Arabia's General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has postponed awarding new carrier licenses until the end of this year as it needs more time to evaluate the bids, it said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

The winning bids were expected by the end of November.

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FAA Certifies SeaRey Production LSA
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:10

FAA Certifies SeaRey Production LSA After two decades of producing hundreds of kits for the SeaRey – an experimental amphib that features swept wings, a pusher prop and retractable gear – Progressive Aerodyne received FAA certification this month for a production LSA version of the airplane.

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AOPA taps flight schools for tips
Friday, 19 October 2012 13:19

AOPA-Aviation-SummitIn conjunction with the annual AOPA Aviation Summit last week, AOPA arranged the Flight Training Summit — a meeting with flight instructors and industry representatives to introduce AOPA’s new field guides to flight training, get ideas for initiatives for the Center to Advance the Pilot Community and announce the winners of the organization’s new training awards.

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FAA suspends reverse operations
Monday, 13 August 2012 11:43

FAA-about-reverse-operationsThe FAA has issued an interim notice that suspends opposite direction operations involving IFR aircraft at Part 139 airports – those that serve scheduled commercial traffic with more than nine passenger seats or unscheduled carriers with at least 31 seats.

The notice is a result of “several losses of separation,” such as the most recent one at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), where one arriving and two departing regional jets were involved in an event that compromised the required safety margins for aircraft separation.

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Government delays decision on aviation policy
Monday, 16 July 2012 13:29

aviation-policySo, with baited breath we waited. Initially the government announced the aviation review, looking at options to increase airport capacity in the South East would be published in the Spring.

Then it was delayed for around five months until the summer.

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Introducing Iran’s Newest Attack Helos, Wait a Second…
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:00

Iran CobrasContinuing it’s tradition of reverse engineering and fabricating its stockpile of 40-year old American weaponry, Iran announced that it is about to unveil its first ever domestically produced Cobra attack choppers.

Yup, nearly 50-years after the U.S. introduced the Cobra, Iran has figured out how to make its own. Kinda reminds me of Iran’s Saeqeh fighter jet — a Northrop F-5 knock of featuring some Iranian modifications and a paint job that resembles the U.S.

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AOPA, EAA continue push for driver’s license medicals
Friday, 02 March 2012 19:49

Cessna airplaneThe FAA has shot down a proposal that sought to expand driver’s license medicals to all pilots flying aircraft weighing 6,000 pounds or less – but that hasn’t stopped AOPA and EAA from continuing to push for the change.

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