WAA Breakfast & Learn
Please join us for the first “Breakfast and Learn” event sponsored by the WAA. Pete Scherrer (Westchester Airport Manager) will be presenting a program on how the airport works from a financial perspective:
When: Thursday April 2nd from 07:30 to
Where: JPMC hangar (E-1)
Who: Pete Scherrer (Westchester County Airport Manager)
How much: Free if a WAA member, If not a member, $5 or join WAA
Trend in Aviation for 2015
By Rocco Cipriano
Although many a prediction has been credited to Nostradamus, the 16th. century French seer, it is extremely doubtful even he would have seen some of changes coming to aviation this year. From 3rd. class medical reform to NextGEN information systems, electric aircraft to drone regulations, indeed 2015 could be a real game changer for aviation in many ways.
Drone DOs and DON’T’s
If you’re a drone enthusiast, 2015 is the year the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is supposed to issue its drone policy for U.S. airspace. The FAA, which has approved several test sites to study commercial drone usage in the National Airspace System, has been preparing to draft a policy for some time now. The drones in these studies are mostly larger aircraft and require certified pilots to operate them.
What the FAA was not at all prepared for, unfortunately, has been the dramatic increase in small quad-copters being flown in densely populated urban areas and in congested airspace. (Note: More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold to date worldwide.)
In attempt to reign in the smaller drones, the FAA issued fines to several quad-copter operators in 2014. Most of the fines were for reckless operation like flying above 400 feet AGL. However, some courts have struck down the fines because the FAA does not yet have a comprehensive drone policy written into law.
Recently, a drone operator’s FAA fine, which was struck down by a local court, was reinstated in favor of the FAA by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). The NTSB rejected the drone operator’s assertion that his drone was no different than a model aircraft. The board refuted the assertion stating: “an aircraft is any device used for flight in the air.”