Regulations

News and discussion on new FAA regulations.

Dynon D-10A STC Approved for More Aircraft!

Dynon, the EAA, and the FAA announced last summer a revolutionary STC allowing installation of the (experimental category) Dynon D-10A EFIS in normal category aircraft. This is wonderful because it gives aircraft owners a relatively cheap way to update older aircraft with modern technology. It will make those aircraft safer, more reliable, and more useful.

FAA Publishes 3rd Class Medical Reform

The FAA finally announced their new BasicMed rule last week. (This is the rule that let's pilots fly a lot of aircraft without the need to hold a 3rd class medical.) It's a really big deal in a lot of ways. It will help further the cause of aviation in the United States. Of course, it also has some caveats that make it far less of a good deal than I'd hoped.

(You can read the FAA's final rule here, or you can catch it in the new 14 CFR Part 68 when it's published.)

Logbook Battle Royale!


All right friends, it's time for what you've all been waiting for: The Logbook Battle Royale!

If you're a pilot, you need to keep your own logbook. End of debate. Questions?

Not convinced? Check out this page addressing some of the reasons why it's important to keep a logbook.

Why Keep a Logbook?

If you're a pilot, you need to keep your own logbook. End of debate. Questions?

Truthfully though, here are a few reasons that you should be keeping a logbook:

  • Airline applications. When you apply to an airline, they want to see your logbook. Yes, most will accept a jumble of military records and mangled hardcover logbooks from when you got your private pilot license. However, wouldn't you rather be able to present your interviewers with a clean, sleek stack of paper?

Short-Term Pilot Shortage Solutions for the USAF

I've written a couple articles recently comparing the financial angle of staying in the military for a full retirement vs. getting out halfway through to start an airline career 9 years earlier. My second article was prompted by proposals to increase the USAF's pilot retention bonus from $25K per year to as much as $60K per year. The USAF Chief of Staff (CSAF) and the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) put forth their proposal because the Air Force is having trouble retaining pilots.

Commercial sUAS? It's Easy! Just Do It!

If you've been reading AviationBull for a while, you'll know that I'm not the biggest fan of drones. (We're going to call them unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, for the rest of this post because that's the term the FAA's going with.) I've narrowly avoided a couple near midair collisions with UAS in Afghanistan that would have killed me and my crew if not for our actions. Despite the dangers inherent with UAS, they are the way of the future. There is no stopping that.

Stratus ESG - Finally ADS-B for the Masses?

We've written here a lot about the looming mandate that starting in 2020, any aircraft flying in Classes A, B, C, D airspace, or Class E above 10,000 must be equipped with an ADS-B Out transponder. There's good and bad to this system, but one of the biggest problems has been a lack of affordable ADS-B transponders on the market. The Stratus ESG and ESGi from AppAero may have finally solved that problem for the masses!

Avidyne ADS-B Deals Beat FAA Rebate

I recently wrote that the FAA is offering a $500 rebate for 20,000 aircraft owners to install ADS-B in their aircraft. That's a great deal, but there is more than a little headache involved. The program doesn't even start for a couple months, you have to run through a bunch of Federales Against Aviation brand red tape, and it's sort of a lottery - there's no guarantee you'll actually be selected for this program. Thankfully, our neighborhood avionics company Avidyne has an even better offer.

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