SAFE Supports FAA Proposal Allowing More Sim Time, Eliminating Hood Requirement

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In official comments submitted July 8 to FAA NPRM Docket FAA-2015-1846, Notice 15-03, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) supported the Agency's proposal to increase the maximum time allowed in an Aviation Training Device (ATD) toward an instrument rating.

The Society cited research showing that use of such advanced simulators actually speed up the learning process by allowing students to concentrate on areas where more understanding and practice is required. It said that ATDs provide the opportunity to learn procedures first in a benign situation, then move into an aircraft where they will experience not only the normal cockpit environment but real flight variables as well.

C-47 stops in Salina before beginning 'Warplanes to Siberia' trek

c47 salinaedit.jpg As America's Fuel Stop, Salina hosts a number of historical aircraft and today a veteran of D-Day lifted off on her way to Great Falls, Mont.

A C-47 Skytrain stopped at Avflight Salina for fuel en route to participate in the Russian-American project "Warplanes to Siberia." The Warplanes to Siberia Project re-creates the World War II flights along Alaska-Siberia air route warbirds flying the route in 2015 will participate in the Airspace Show MAKS-2015.

Christopher Martino Joins HAI as V.P., Operations

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Martinoedit.jpg Christopher Martino (USCG, Ret.) has joined Helicopter Association International (HAI) as the association’s new vice president of operations. He will oversee HAI’s flight operations, technical services, safety, and regulatory efforts. He will also work closely with HAI’s education department to ensure operators’ professional development needs are being met.

“Our operations department is vitally important to HAI’s mission, which is to support and promote the helicopter industry,” said HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro. “The Operations Department works on the day-to-day issues that face commercial and general aviation operators as well as manufacturers to ensure a safe, efficient, and economically viable operating environment.”

FAA Extends SoCal Metroplex Comment Period

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the public comment period for its Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Southern California Metroplex project to September 8, 2015, to allow for a full 90 days of comment.

The project is a comprehensive proposal to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of Southern California by making the airspace safer and more efficient. It proposes to replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic procedures with new satellite-based procedures, which are a key component of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The Metroplex proposal encompasses most of Southern California and includes six major airports.

The FAA released the Draft EA for the project on June 10, 2015 for public review and comment and held 11 public workshops in Southern California communities between June 16 and July 1, 2015. The Draft EA considers the potential environmental impacts of the project.

NASAO Selects Kimberling as Government Relations Manager

Mark Kimberling.jpg The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has selected Mark Kimberling as its Manager of Government Relations. With the addition of Kimberling, the Association looks to reach its top goal of improving the reach and effectiveness of its advocacy efforts.

"If we were designing the right person for this job from scratch, the result would look very much like Mark," said NASAO President Greg Principato. "I am very much looking forward to working with Mark to continue our effort to raise NASAO's profile on Capitol Hill, provide high quality and actionable information for our members, and to engage our state members, and Friends of NASAO in our advocacy work."

Kimberling, a Commercial rated pilot, has worked on Capitol Hill, and spent more than five years with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as National Director of State Government Affairs, during which he won AOPA's Presidents Award.

Kimberling started on July 6th.

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