Members of California's congressional delegation recently sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta urging him to implement a plan to address helicopter noise in Los Angeles. The letter included six steps the FAA should take. "Having a clear process for how and when the FAA will complete the report's next steps will greatly benefit the efforts to develop safe guidelines that reduce helicopter noise," the letter said.
A group of 10 congressional lawmakers from Massachusetts led by led by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to keep the air traffic control towers at the state's small airports open. In a letter, the group said the towers were crucial to aviation safety. "We continue to feel strongly that safety, security and economic well-being should not be jeopardized," the letter said.
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators' first Regional Pilot Proficiency Project took place at Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas, in October. Seminars included Stick and Rudder Skills in Glass Cockpits and Angle of Attack Awareness; organizers said the event's small class sizes were a huge benefit to participants. SAFE has pledged to hold additional events in the future.
In only 66 years, aviation went from the Wright Brothers' 12-second flight, to landing a man on the moon, writes blogger Jeff Burger. In 2035, as much time will have passed as between those two earlier milestones. What will aviation have achieved by then, Burger wonders?
Eight members of the Senate General Aviation Caucus have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding information about all stops and searches of general aviation aircraft since 2009. "While we appreciate law enforcement efforts to protect our national interests and combat illegal activity, the abrupt increase in the number of stops and searches of personnel aboard general aviation aircraft raises concerns that [Customs and Border Protection] may be violating our citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights," the letter said.