FAA Grants Nigeria Its Highest Air Safety Rating

Posted August 25th, 2010 by Pilot_MKN

Despite its lax security, and the fact that the 'underwear bomber' departed from Nigera, the Federal Aviation Administration has 'bestowed' its highest rating to Nigeria, allowing Nigerian airlines to make direct flights to the US.

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FAA Air Traffic Control Computers Still Vulnerable To Cyber Attack

Posted August 13th, 2010 by Pilot_MKN

After having it brought to their attention last year, the FAA still has not managed to protect its computers from cyber attack, citing the need to implement new air traffic control systems rather than protect its current systems.

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Congress Trying To Make It More Difficult To Become an Airline Pilot

Posted July 30th, 2010 by Pilot_MKN

This new bill would require all co-pilots (first officers) to obtain Airline Transport Licenses in order to fly for an airline. An ATP requires 1,500 hours of flight time, which is a very costly and time consuming accomplishment if you aren't flying commercially. This bill will make it even harder for up-and-coming young pilots to get into the airline industry.

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Airline Industry Complains they are 'overtaxed'

Posted June 11th, 2010 by Pilot_MKN

Federal Taxes add $64 to a $300 airline ticket, a tax of 21%. These taxes and fees include:the federal ticket tax, flight segment fees, airport passenger facility charges (PFCs) and a federal security surcharge. The airlines claim the total of these charges amount to virtually punitive treatment of the industry. This guy thinks they should shut up, and stop complaining.

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Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions Warrant Careful Planning.

Posted June 5th, 2010 by Pilot_MKN

When the president traveled in the years immediately following 9/11, large sections of airspace could shut out general aviation for days on end. Now, a system of security screenings, gateway airports, and restrictions grants GA pilots increased access to an area during the president’s extended stay. But, as many pilots experienced last weekend in Chicago, the procedures for traveling within a TFR may be complex, and may change with little advance warning—and recent violations of the presidential TFR over Chicago underscore the importance of careful preflight planning.

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Customs to pilots: We hear you!

Posted May 21st, 2010 by Pilot_MKN

(This article is full of horse poo...and its from an agency that is supposedly there to promote aviation and protect pilots from crap like this) Because pilots have complied with eAPIS requirements, customs officials are listening to their suggestions and developing enhancements to make the online filing application easier to use.

“We underestimated how much pilots follow rules,” said Eric Rodriguez, customs program manager for private aircraft and general aviation.

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