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The FAA on Monday announced new procedures that will make it easier for operators to get approval to operate in RVSM airspace. "The new policy establishes a more flexible and efficient process," said FAA administrator Michael Huerta. NBAA said it has been lobbying for the changes for several years. "Earlier guidance dictated that an inspection had to always begin at square one -- even for something as minor as a tail-number change," said NBAA's Mark Larsen. Huerta said the FAA now will consider previous operator and aircraft experience in determining the extent of an evaluation, and this will reduce the amount of time for operators to receive authorization. Read More
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta met with GA leaders on Monday and urged them to tell their members to avoid weather traps in the coming flying season. Huerta told the leaders at the General Aviation Safety Summit that the GA accident rate has flattened over the last six years and last year there were 259 fatal accidents that killed 449 people. Read More
In scheduling seven new fly-in events around the country for this year, AOPA ran into a conflict with members' religious duties, an oversight that AOPA President Mark Baker apologized for on Monday. "We know that our choice of Oct. 4 [for the Frederick, Md., Homecoming fly-in] is profoundly disappointing to our Jewish members, and we apologize for failing to recognize that possibility before committing to the date," Baker said, in an open letter posted on the AOPA website. Oct. 4 is the date for Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, one of the holiest days in the Jewish year. Read More
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Boeing is building airliners as fast as it can and the result is a modest increase in the number it was able to deliver in the last quarter of 2013. The company cranked out 172 of its 737s, 777s and 787s in those three months, up from 165 the previous quarter thanks to increased production rates on all three lines. Read More
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AVweb readers, according to a recent research project, differ from the general public when it comes to their willingness to fly aboard an autonomous airliner with no pilot in the cockpit. Last October, Matt Vance, a researcher from the Center for Aviation Safety Research at St. Louis University, devised a survey to explore how people would react to flying without a crew, and 355 AVweb readers participated. Now the results are in, and Vance says AVweb readers were less eager than other respondents to take that flight. Read More
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Now that iPads have become the dominant portable navigation device, there are more accessory options than ever to pick from, including remote GPS receivers. In this video, Aircraft Spruce's Ryan Deck walks us through three popular solutions. Read More
Wayne Boggs is best known for keeping the performers and spectators safe at some of the world's biggest air shows, including AirVenture. A week from Sunday, he and his team will be orchestrating the safe and timely arrival and departure of about 600 business jets filled with spectators for one of the world's biggest sports spectacles. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Boggs about how he helps make that happen. Read More