Bill would impose escalating tax on leaded fuel
AOPA is urging members in Oregon to speak out against a proposed “punitive, non-specific and unreasonable increase” in the tax on avgas before a legislative committee considers the bill April 6.
Aviation tax cut included in NY budget
After more than a decade of advocacy, a hard-won aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption has passed the New York legislature as part of a new budget.
Seminars offer tech-savvy tips to make your flying easier
AOPA seminars at Sun ‘n Fun will offer tips to help you maximize your use of the technology in your aircraft.
Sun 'n Fun scraps splash-in due to high water
Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo organizers have decided to cancel the Seabird Splash-In due to high water in Lake Agnes.
Upwind, Whirly-Girls announce scholarship winners
Four California teens have been selected to earn their private pilot certificates in the summer through the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program; Whirly-Girls International also announced its 2015 scholarship winners in March.
Sun 'n Fun Cancels Splash-In
The seaplane splash-in event has been cancelled for this year's Sun 'n Fun fly-in, officials said on Wednesday, because of heavy rains that have flooded the site. The water level at Lake Agnes, at Fantasy of Flight, in Lakeland, Florida, is more than two feet above normal, flooding the dock and the ramp, and causing problems with hidden obstructions.
The Weekender: Ever Wonder...
The Weekender's SocialFlight calendar includes a variety of choices for pilots pondering a seaplane rating, wondering what NextGen means for them or curious about aerial landmarks over San Francisco. For everything you always wanted to know about getting a seaplane rating, there's a seminar taking place Saturday hosted by Modern Avionics at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Germanwings Recovery Effort Continues
As investigators probe into the history of first officer Andreas Lubitz, searching for insights into why he apparently crashed a Germanwings A320 into a mountain last week, workers at the crash site are still recovering debris and human remains, and searching for the flight data recorder. They also are building a road into the remote valley to make it easier to access. A Lufthansa official told local reporters the FDR may never be found. Meanwhile, the known facts about Lubitz and his medical history have raised questions about how pilots can be better screened for suicidal tendencies.
Report: Lufthansa Knew Of Pilot's Illness
First officer Andreas Lubitz, who was at the controls of the Germanwings A320 that crashed last week, had told his employers at Lufthansa in 2009 that he had suffered from severe depression, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Lufthansa officials said they had searched their records and found an email from Lubitz to its flight-training school, seeking to rejoin its training program after he had been absent for several months. Lubtiz's email included medical documents that described a "previous episode of severe depression," the Times said.
GAMA Notes Progress On Part 23 Revamp
GAMA has been working for several years now to change the way small aircraft are certified by the FAA, and this week, some progress in Europe has encouraged their effort. On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a notice that it intends to modernize its CS-23 certification process, which is similar to Part 23 certification for in the U.S. The proposed rule was developed with international participation and is largely based on the work of the FAA's Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, GAMA said.