Archive for June, 2016
from our friends at Freeway Airport in Maryland.
“Few creatures see the world from a bird’s-eye-view. Maybe that’s why so many people want to fly in helicopters and airplanes. And now… just about anyone can. It’s probably not what you’d call an ‘inexpensive’ hobby, but it costs less than you might think. Arash Arabasadi spent a day with folks from Freeway Airport both on the ground and in the clouds above Maryland.”
Thanks to everyone who came to the joint membership meeting with SCAPA and the EAA Chapter, on Tuesday the June 14th, and a special thanks to Alan Eustace. Alan’s presentation was terrific and inspiring. It’s a privilege to meet the man who devised, designed, paid for and built this amazing achievement. New frontiers are out there. Flying is an achievement and adventure. What do you want to do with your pilots license?
President Carol Ford and Airport Manager Gretchen Kelly updated members on the status of the County’s response to persistent complaints of a small number of Atherton and North Fair Oaks residents about perceived noise from increased air taxi activity—specifically, Surf Air’s operations. SCAPA, Surf Air, the FAA, Rep. Jackie Speier’s office and other airport groups are working on a new VFR arrival route that, if approved, should divert more than 85% of Surf Air arrivals over the shoreline and away from Atherton. Trials are in progress, and we are optimistic that the new arrival route will be approved and operational within a few months.
In the meantime, the County is moving forward with studies of fees and restrictions on the airport. The studies are to be paid for in part out of airport funds generated from tenants. Some of the proposals to be studied would violate FAA grant assurances because they discriminate against specific operations and operators. The other study proposals could have a significant negative impact on all airport users. SCAPA has urged the Board of Supervisors to hold off on the studies until the new Surf Air arrival procedure can be approved and implemented.
Finally, the members approved amendments to the bylaws that increase flexibility and bring our operation up to date with current technology and communications.
The San Carlos Airport Association extends our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Frederick A. Wolfe who passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 78.
According to the obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 12, 2016, a memorial service is pending.
FAA Offers Incentive to General Aviation Aircraft Owners to Equip Aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
FAA Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: June 6, 2016
Contact: Tammy Jones, Paul Takemoto or Alison Duquette
Rebate will help bring NextGen safety technology to airplanes now
WASHINGTON – Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced a $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics technology. Accelerating compliance is critical to ensuring that pilots, manufacturers, and retail facilities have adequate time and capacity to equip aircraft in a timely and efficient manner, ahead of a 2020 regulatory deadline.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a foundational element of the FAA’s NextGen program, which consists of a suite of technologies that are modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system. ADS-B transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning.
“This announcement signals our commitment to NextGen, which has played an important role in ensuring that our airspace is safe and efficient for the American people,” said Secretary Foxx. “We are focused on achieving its full potential, and by working with our General Aviation community, I’m confident we can successfully integrate aircraft and technology into the national airspace system.”
The rebates will be available this fall, and the FAA will announce the specific date soon. In the meantime, the FAA has published information regarding the goals and structure of the program, and is encouraging aircraft owners to look at the available equipment on the market and to schedule an installation appointment with a qualified installer starting in the fall of 2016. Aircraft owners will only qualify for the rebate if the installation is scheduled after the FAA begins offering the rebates.
The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B by Jan. 1, 2020. That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are required. Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate.
“We’re calling on all aircraft owners who plan to fly in busy airspace to equip with ADS-B before the deadline,” said Administrator Huerta. “Owners who wait too long to equip may not be able to get an installation appointment before the deadline. This limited-time rebate provides an incentive for early retrofitting, and will help draw attention for the urgent need for owners to comply so that they can continue to fly their aircraft in 2020.”
The $500 rebate will help offset an owner’s cost to equip U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements. The FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for aircraft already equipped, for new aircraft, or for aircraft for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade. The FAA will be able to distribute 20,000 rebates – one rebate per aircraft owner. The FAA is encouraging owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft to apply as soon as the program is launched this fall because the rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline.
“ADS-B provides the General Aviation community with increased safety, efficiency, and situational awareness,” said Whitaker. “We’re getting closer to the 2020 deadline, and we need 100 percent equipage in the required airspace to realize the full benefits of this NextGen technology.”
General aviation and air taxi aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out enjoy more efficient spacing and optimal routing in some non-radar environments, including busy airspace in the Gulf of Mexico, mountainous regions of Colorado, and some areas in Alaska. ADS-B improves life-saving search-and-rescue with accurate and timely last-reported positions. General aviation pilots may also benefit from air traffic control services outside radar coverage.
The FAA is continuing to work with stakeholders such as the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and others to inform and educate the aviation community about the ADS-B requirements.
More information about equipping and the rebate program is available on the FAA website.