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BasicMed Begins May 1st

April 24– General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the January 10 final rule.It offers pilots an alternative to the FAA’s medical qualification… Read More »

U.S. Air Marshal Left Loaded Gun in an Airplane Bathroom

By Ron Nixon, The New York Times WASHINGTON — A federal air marshal on a flight earlier this month from England to New York left her loaded service weapon in the aircraft’s bathroom where a passenger found it, four marshals familiar with the incident said. The passenger gave the weapon to a member of the flight… Read More »

United Air removes couple traveling to wedding from plane amid scrutiny

By Jonathan Allen and Chris Michaud, Reuters An engaged couple were removed from a United Airlines flight to Costa Rica on Saturday, as the airline remained under scrutiny following outrage caused by a video last week of a passenger being forcibly removed from a flight. According to the couple, who said they were en route… Read More »

Flying the airlines? You have rights, know them before you board!


Passenger rights to know before you board a plane

By Margaret Chadbourn, WCBD News 2 CHARLESTON (WCBD) – After a public outcry due to the forcible removal of a passenger of a United Airlines flight, more travelers are saying they’re concerned and asking for tips before boarding. Recordings of the event on social media show officers pulling a passenger from a flight Sunday after… Read More »

US F-16 crashes near Joint Base Andrews

By Jamie Crawford and Zachary Cohen, CNN A US F-16 crashed several miles outside Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday, two Air Force officials told CNN. The crash took place about six miles outside the base, which is located in Prince George’s County, and occurred during a routine training mission, according to Air Force officials. The… Read More »

How Flying a Drone Could Send You to the Slammer Even When the FAA Says It’s OK

By Jonathan Vanian, Fortune Tech You may want to think twice about where you fly a drone the next time you travel across the U.S.   Although the Federal Aviation Administration is in charge of regulating drones—as it regulates conventional airplanes—numerous states and local governments have been enacting their own drone rules. In some cases, these… Read More »


By John S. Yodice, AOPA Pilot Why should I have to worry about any of the federal aviation regulations dealing with alcohol and drugs? I don’t abuse alcohol. I don’t use illegal drugs. And I would never think of piloting an aircraft after legal use that could possibly affect my flying! Almost every pilot feels this… Read More »

Enroute A380 wake flips Challenger 604 upside down

By Declan Selleck, flightservicebureau.org We normally don’t report on individual aircraft incidents here, because the causal factors are related to a very narrow set of unique circumstances. This instance is different, and should be of concern to all operators. A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opposite direction at FL360,… Read More »

Boeing sued in Charleston over Malaysia Airlines 777 disappearance

By John McDermott, The Post and Courier A South Carolina representative of the families of 44 passengers presumed killed when Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished three years ago is suing Boeing Co., alleging manufacturing defects may have doomed the missing jetliner. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston by Berkeley County resident Gregory… Read More »