Senate votes for wide-scale NextGen by 2014
The Senate passed a sweeping FAA re-authorization bill mandating installation of NextGen air-traffic control technologies at the busiest U.S. airports by 2014. Full, non-commercial implementation of NextGen would be required sometime after 2020, with a total cost to the FAA estimated at $22 billion. -Rueters
“Flying Flapper” pilot dies at age 98
Pilot Elinor Smith, who was known as the “Flying Flapper” in the 1920s and 1930s, died last week at age 98. Smith flew with such legends as Amelia Earhart and James Doolittle and set several aviation records. She received her pilot’s license, which was signed by Orville Wright, at age 16.
- The Wall Street Journal
FAA bill sets co-pilot minimum flight time at 800 hours
The Senate has approved an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill that would boost required flight experience for new airline co-pilots to 800 hours, up from the current standard of 250 hours. Some airline safety advocates had been pushing for a 1,500-hour limit, but Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the amendment’s sponsor, said he simply “didn’t have the votes” – The Buffalo News (N.Y.)
Canada relaxes entry requirements for LSAs from U.S.
U.S. pilots of light sport aircraft may now fly into Canada without paying a $100 fee and filling out a validation form, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association. “Now LSA owners simply have to download the Standardized Validation form, follow customs requirements, and fly”- AVweb
NASA tests energy absorbers for helicopter crashes
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing on helicopters a material originally designed for space vehicles. Engineers are testing deployable energy absorbers, which can cushion helicopter crash landings. -TechNewsDaily.com
KGEG/Geiger Pilots, get ready to practice on your cross-wind skills for YET ANOTHER summer as RWY 3/21 is set for closure AGAIN this year as the 2000’ extension to the west is completed. Best bet is to check your NOTAMS for exact status and existing runway availability.
-Geoff Scott, AV8News (FAA release- NOTC2188)
details: On April 5, 2010, Spokane International Airport (KGEG) will resume construction of a 2,000′ extension to the southwest end of runway 3-21. Construction is scheduled to continue through November 18, 2010. This project involves numerous phases of taxiway and runway closures was well as periods of operation with shortened available runway lengths. Runway 7-25 will also be affected during portions of the construction project.
The airport management has provided a Construction Update and Airport Diagram which provide additional information. Click here to view these documents. ( – FAAST BLAST )
Felts update: Limited Fuel Services Contract Awarded
In a letter obtained by AV8News Felts Airport operations announced that a limited fuel services contract has been awarded for a period of 12 months after FFA ceases operations…. Click on image to view in full-sized/text mode.
AV8NEWS spoke with WESTERN AVIATION (also located at the field, at 5505 Rutter) who said they would gladly pick up any business, and pilots should not feel “short changed”, offering a full compliment of available parts, accessories and services (excluding Charter and Rentals)… perhaps fuel in the future. They can be reached at (509) 534-1731