A question that constantly comes up is the legality of taking pictures from ultralight and light sport aircraft. The issue is whether or not you can actually sell the pictures. The initial answer is usually 'no' since you aren't supposed to do anything in furtherance of a business. However, there are exceptions and Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about it.
Minimums change. Weather minimums, that is. For most, weather minimums are set by each pilot depending on their skills and training. But what if the pilot moves from one aircraft to another? As it turns out, as a pilot's aircraft changes, the weather minimums may change, too. Jim Sweeney explains.
Citing a request by the FAA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a final rule on Tuesday, January 11, removing its earlier prohibition of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in the United States. Last June the FCC published a change to 47 CFR Part 87 calling for “prohibiting the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or ...
Everyone's pilot certificates are going to cost more in time and energy to get here in the very near future IF the FAA's proposed regulation changes go into effect. This notice by the Society of Aviation and Flight Instructors addresses that concern.
There’ve been some rumblings recently that the FAA is unofficially taking a look at the private medical requirement for pilot licensing. Janice Wood, writing for General Aviation News, cites the efforts of an airport owner/operator, David Wartofsky, to petition the Secretary of Transportation to replace the FAA’s 3rd class medical with a driver’s license for private aircraft ...
Finally a flight instructor has a LODA (Letter of Deviation Authority) so that he can provide flight training in an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) Powered Parachute. We talk with Stephen Brandon who flies and trains in Northern California about how he worked with the Oakland FSDO so that he could continue flying and training.
Ethanol in our fuel continues to be a huge safety and maintenance problem for those of us using auto fuel or MOGAS. Unfortunately, the problem is more than just the ethanol. Now fuels are being manufactured to blend with the ethanol and these fuels are lower quality themselves. Dean Billing from GA News explains more.
If you don't have a pilot's license (yet) you may be surprised to learn that pilot certificates do not have pictures of the pilots on them. Congress has mandated that that should change and the FAA has put together a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that proposes how that should happen. Of course the devil is in the details and that is what David Oord from the EAA joins us to talk about.
Transponders. A lot of pilots figure they don't need them, others aren't sure, and yet others believe they need them when they really probably don't. Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about common questions people have about the equipment, its maintenance, and how it needs to be used.