On January 28, the aviation community woke up to a shocking announcement about the future of the Santa Monica Airport. The timing, as the Obama Administration left and the Trump Team arrived, added to both confusion and conspiracy theories. That the precise language of the FAA announcement and the City’s PR Release varied in important details added to the controversy and mystery.
The FAA issued a very short press release on its issuance of its Final Rule on the 3rd Class Medical Certificate. As with so much in Washington, what agency states in the issuance of a rule and what was truly behind it may have some degrees of variance.
FAA’s flight service program saved $2.13B over 13 years. Price pressure forced the move to AFSS, so will the availability of new private sector options drive towards further automation?
The new Chairman and President of the Aerospace Industries of America, David Melcher, expressed “concerns” about ATC privatization. It will be interesting to see if the AIA comments impact this debate.
Two stories of how aviation can and should be aware of its broader positive “Think Globally, Act Locally” contributions. With that vision, these local actions have been supportive of airplanes and airports to these cities.
AOPA defends the FAA approved aircraft in ‘Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp’ in a filing to the Supreme Court. AOPA should be commended for its objective consideration, and its willingness to do what is best for the aviation system sets a great example.
States and cities may/may not be preempted by federal scheme of rules. However, that does not deter those local governments from attempting to be involved in this “attractive nuisance” aviation.
The NTSB knows aviation safety, but the insurance industry knows risk quantification. Amazingly, the private market is even better than the omniscient ones at OMB.