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A Local Effect of Sequester

March 11th, 2013

If you’ve followed the news you know about the financial sequester that our elected officials have burdened us with, and it’s hitting aviation at a very local level.  The FAA has proposed to close 189 of the 251 contract towers across the nation (that’s 75%), while the rest of the FAA’s budget faces a 5% reduction.  This closure proposal is a disproportional cut compared to other FAA programs.

To put it simply, every civilian control tower in Kansas, with the exception of Wichita Mid-Continent is on the closure list.  This includes the New Century and Johnson County Executive towers.

This closure will have an effect on IAC15 playdays and access to the waivered airspace over the New Century AirCenter airport due to the way the waiver is structured.

Airports have until March 13 to make the case that the closure of their tower will have national implications.  FAA also made clear that they will contemplate keeping non-federal towers open at local airport expense.

If you have concerns about this proposal, you must contact your state representatives demanding more sensible action.

If this proposal is enacted, the control towers will close down effective April 7th.

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Paper Applications for Medical Going Digital

July 28th, 2012

Effective October 1, 2012 the FAA will transition to using FAA MedXpress to handle application for medical certification.

Public notice to discontinue the paper format of Form 8500-8 was filed on March 8.

Maintaining FAA Form 8500-8 for applicants to complete manually is burdensome not only in terms of the cost involved, but also in terms of the complex logistics and use of Agency resources involved.

The FAA says this burden becomes all the more compounded when the form must be revised, reprinted, and redistributed (worldwide). The agency launched an on-line FAA Form 8500-8 application known as “FAA MedXpress” beginning in 2007. Since 2007, “FAA MedXpress” has evolved considerably, streamlining FAA medical certification into a much more efficient and seamless process, thereby rendering the paper process both redundant and obsolete.

Discontinuing print of FAA Form 8500-8 will save considerable resources and improve the efficiency of the airman medical certification process.

The FAA receives and reviews annually more than 400,000 applications for airman medical certification. Until 2007, the only available means for making application was for applicants to manually complete an FAA Form 8500-8 provided by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) at the time of medical examination and for AMEs to record the results of the applicant’s medical examination on the reverse side of application form manually.

Since 2007, when the FAA launched a digital version of FAA Form 8500-8, applicants have been able to complete the form prior to an appointment with an AME for an FAA medical examination by accessing it on line using a secure, password-protected FAA system, known as “FAA MedXpress.”

At the time of the medical examination, therefore, an AME merely accesses the applicant’s completed and securely stored FAA Form 8500-8 in “FAA MedXpress” and uses it to complete the medical examination and record the results. “FAA MedXpress” also provides both applicants and AMEs the capability to print the form for whatever purpose needed.

FAA Form 8500-8 is considered one of the most complex of paper forms still in use in the Federal Government. More than 5 years of experience with “FAA MedXpress” has streamlined the FAA medical certification process into a more seamless and efficient process. Having digitized data, rather than handwritten copy, reduces the risk of errors being made by applicants, AME staff, and AMEs in processing the examination.

Using “FAA MedXpress” exclusively will allow the FAA to make and implement any needed or mandated changes to the FAA Form 8500-8 in a more timely manner, resulting in a more dynamic form and eliminating the considerable cost and logistical challenges involved with printing and distributing the form both within and outside of the United States. Whenever the form must be revised, the initial reprinting and redistribution of approximately 1.5 million revised forms worldwide is very costly and considerable waste is incurred disposing of superseded forms.

Many federal forms, including FAA forms, (such as applications for pilot certificates and ratings) are now fully automated. Use of on-line applications in the private sector also is fairly standard. Fully automating the FAA airman medical certification application process will improve efficiency, lead to reduced errors with applicant data, allow for more seamless processing, and save considerable resources by eliminating the recurrent cycle of printing, distributing, reprinting, and redistributing paper forms.

Related: FAA MedXpress

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Wrapping Up 2011

December 23rd, 2011

The calendar pages have been flipping fast lately, and while it’s still sunny and 45 in late December, it’s hard to believe the Christmas IAC15 LogoSeason is upon us and 2012 is coming to a close.

Naturally, the year end is time for reflection, and 2011 for Chapter 15 has unarguably been a success.

We’ve got a solid and stable membership base of flyers and non-flyers alike; we’ve taken in a number of new members and introduced them to the freedom of aerobatics, and a few members have sadly moved away.

We had a number of good practice days at the New Century Airport, along with a few pancake and omelet breakfasts sprinkled in between.

The 2011 edition of the Harold Neumann Barnstormer was one of the most successful Kansas City has had, and was one of the most widely attended regional contests in 2011.  The success of our contest rests on the shoulders of the contest director and all those involved in organizing, running and volunteering, and I can only say that I hope those individuals are as proud of their success as I am.

Our members have had continued success at the National competition, and have represented our chapter well.  Their accomplishments are a reflection of their dedication to the sport and to the hard work they’ve put in during the year.

Our chapter is healthy and strong, and on behalf of the leadership of IAC Chapter 15, Kansas City, I wish you and your family the same for the Christmas Season, and in 2012.

Merry Christmas,

Grant Wittenborn – President
IAC Chapter 15, Kansas City

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Aircraft Re-Registration

May 16th, 2011

In a final ruling that became effective October 1st of 2010, the FAA has mandated that over the next three years, existing aircraft registrations will need to be renewed, and renewed again every subsequent three years.

The ruling (read it here) was put in to place in an effort to bring the aircraft registration database up to date, and to keep it current.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The FAA is providing a 3 month window to re-register
  • Deadline is based upon month aircraft was originally registered
  • FAA will notify owner via mail, 180 days prior to expiration date
    and at the end of the re-registration window if not re-registered
  • Aircraft failing to re-register or renew will ultimately be deregistered
  • Re-registration and renewal utilizes online system if no changes are to be made
  • Changes must be made utilizing a new form and submitted to FAA
  • All  aircraft applying for new registrations will be issued an expiring
    registration and required to renew every 3 years
  • Read more…

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