Biweekly FAA Aviation News update
FAA Administrator Commits to
remarks to FAA employees at his first town-hall meeting last week, Administrator Randy Babbitt joked that when he started
as a pilot (at Eastern Air Lines) he never wanted to meet the chief pilot and he NEVER wanted to meet the FAA administrator.
Now, look where he is! Babbitt is approaching his assignment with three guiding principles: accountability,
credibility, and transparency. On moving to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen),
he said, "We need to make it work. People are not going to continue to buy equipment they can't use." He committed
to having a "substantial" NextGen plan by the end of the summer.
Arlington Fly-In Takes Off July 8
Considered by many the largest GA event in the northwest
United States , Washington State ’s Arlington Fly-In kicks off in just over two weeks on Wednesday, July 8, and runs
through Sunday, July 12. More than 1,000 planes from all over the Northwest, California , and Canada
flock to this small, friendly town like homing pigeons to the roost. The near week-long event brings
out light-sport and experimental aircraft of every description, Warbirds from WWII through Vietnam , airshow performers, and
one-of-type aircraft, including the only flying Boeing Model 40 in the world. Be prepared for more than 100 forums, workshops
and special events, including an FAA-sponsored Job Fair from 0900 to 1400 on Friday, July 10.
“The time spent at the grassroots level of aviation is an inspiring experience,” says FAASTeam
Manager Minard Thompson, who has attended the event for many years. Thompson, along with other FAASTeam
reps will be out in force at the FAA tent, so be sure to stop by and say hello.
Is Your Airplane Worthy?
Coined by the early ’90s Saturday
Night Live skit characters Wayne and Garth, “We’re not worthy” is an endearing phrase used to pay homage
to their rock ‘n’ roll idols. But it also begs the question; could your airplane be telling you the same thing?
Is it “worthy” for flight? Vitally important to flight safety, airworthiness—and understanding its
meaning—can also be a stumbling block for some pilots. In his “Airworthy or Not?”
article in the May/June 2009 issue of FAA Aviation News, Barry Ballenger helps break down this very subject.
Ballenger points out two important conditions that must be met when determining airworthiness. First, the aircraft
must conform to its type certificate and any approved changes to the type design. Second, it must be in a condition for safe
operation, which is determined in large part during your preflight inspection. Remember, if you, as PIC, have any concerns
about the condition of an aircraft, don’t fly until you have a properly certificated mechanic or repair facility determine
if it is safe for flight. As Wayne and Garth would say, here’s hoping your future flights are “ex-cellent!”