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DHS Declares: GA Not a Significant Security Risk

AvWeb and the AOPA are both lauding a report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General that defines general aviation aircraft's security threat as "limited and mostly hypothetical".

Deciding When to Declare

The Federal Aviation Regulations specify a lot about how we're allowed to fly. Thankfully though, the FAA realizes that in an emergency situation a pilot may need to deviate from the regulations. By declaring an emergency situation, a pilot alerts air traffic control and other aircraft that he or she will be deviating and will receive priority routing and other help from ATC. If a pilot fails to declare an emergency he or she can still deviate from the rules, but probably won't get the priority treatment needed to deal with the situation. This can result in injury to the flight crew, passengers or other bystanders. No pilot wants to declare an emergency prematurely or without reason and making the decision of when to declare can be a difficult CRM/safety call to make.

An incident on a recent Delta Air Lines flight shows an example of how declaring earlier than later can help prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

Lawmakers Oppose LASP on Multiple Fronts

If the TSA had its way this year, all aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds would be subjected to airline-level security measures, regardless of how or by whom they are operated, under a proposed rule called the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP.) Thankfully, it seems that most of congress realizes that this rule is at best extremely flawed.

Washington D.C. ADIZ is Now Permanent

I'm very disappointed to note that as reported by AOPA, the ADIZ around Washington D.C. has been made into a permanent Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA.)

Spaceport America gets FAA approval

Virgin Galactic is yet another step closer to making commercial space tourism a must have for your Christmas wish list. They recieved approval from the FAA and are proceeding with construction plans beginning in the first quarter of 2009. The environmental impact study completed by the FAA in June of 2008 didn't have any major findings, paving the way for the approval. The "spaceport" will be located in New Mexico, and lists both horizontal and vertical launch and recovery activities. The spaceport Hilton should be along shortly...

Good News for Military Pilots!

If you're a military pilot, you'll be happy to know that the FAA is taking some steps to make your life easier. The FARs have long granted military pilots a commercial/instrument rating based on their qualification in military aircraft. Now, it looks like a new rule is going to grant Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) ratings in a similar manner.

If that wasn't good enough, the FAA's proposed rules will also allow a military medical clearance to take the place of an FAA medical certificate.

Good News for Military Pilots!

If you're a military pilot, you'll be happy to know that the FAA is taking some steps to make your life easier. The FARs have long granted military pilots a commercial/instrument rating based on their qualification in military aircraft. Now, it looks like a new rule is going to grant Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) ratings in a similar manner.

If that wasn't good enough, the FAA's proposed rules will also allow a military medical clearance to take the place of an FAA medical certificate.

UK to Put the Squeeze on Aviation Emissions

Lewis Page from The Register wrote earlier this month about the UK's plan to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% before 2050. At the time he mentioned a loophole that excluded aviation from this regulation. He even suggested a way to use that loophole to make driving cheaper. (Funny, we just covered that story too.)

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