Many pilots who've had dealings with the FAA beyond a basic checkride have seen the kind of attitude the agency has toward the very people it is supposed to be working for. Charitably, that attitude can be described as authoritarian. Being less charitable, it's openly contemptuous. It's the kind of attitude you see from officials in countries so corrupt they don't even care about giving the appearance of fairness.
In all fairness (fairness being a policy that I believe in) most of the people who work for the FAA are good folks.
Gallup reported today that Congress’ approval rating has dropped to 14 percent, the lowest figure in four decades of polling. The recent battles over the budget and health care are driving the public’s exasperation with the House and Senate, and rightly so. But pilots shouldn’t be so quick to criticize.
With the holidays upon us and winter weather rearing its ugly head, especially across the Midwest and East, now is a great time to reflect on a couple of important safety considerations.
We often hear of weather related accidents when two circumstances collide, those being terrible weather and the need to be somewhere. Each is a potentially deadly force of nature (Mother Nature and human nature, respectively), and when they team up, their power is greatly magnified.
Even had it not mentioned drones or aviation once, Charlie Rose's interview on "60 Minutes" of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was fascinating. In it Rose asked Bezos about his plans for keeping Amazon an industry leader. Bezos responded in remarkable fashion, saying essentially that Amazon is doomed; it's only a question of how long it lasts. His point was that all companies have a useful lifetime and then they're gone.
My first year of membership in DiamondShare is almost over. And as the end of my one-year lease approaches, I have an important choice to make: stick with the shared-lease program or find some other way to fly.
In what has to be the scariest news story of the year (save April 1st's output), the FAA medical branch announced that it would start issuing special requirements for pilots it deems too fat to safely fly.
The FAA's concern is that people who are overweight are more prone to a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. People with obstructive sleep apnea are at high risk for falling asleep without warning at any time of the day or night.
Of all the alphabets you're aware of, there's one that does more good for us everyday pilots than you know, and you can't even join it.
You are certainly familiar with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and probably even the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), but even if you've heard of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) — it puts out the quarterly and annual aircraft sales statistics — you probably don't have any idea exactly what it does or the benefits the organization'
The FAA’s major overhaul of training rules for airline pilots, formally adopted with a new final rule on Tuesday, came as a long-overdue reaction to the deadly Colgan Air Dash-8 Q400 crash in Buffalo, New York, almost five years ago. Earlier changes, also prompted by the Colgan disaster, have altered flight and duty time regulations for airline pilots and increased the minimum number of flight hours to become an airline first officer.