Aviation is extremely complex from both a regulatory and operational perspective and it is constantly changing. Interpretations of the regulations change as do the regulations themselves. Alan Armstrong follows changes in the aviation regulations and writes about them in Flightwatch, a blog/newsletter. He also provides commentary and analysis in the wake of aviation accidents and incidents.
FAA Rescinds and Refuses to Extend Exemption of Collings Foundation to Operate Aircraft as Part of Living History Flights
The FAA in an Order issued March 25, 2020, rescinded and refused to extend the exemption for the Collings Foundation to operate former military aircraft that served in World War II as part of Living History Flights. The FAA has a policy of permitting Living History...read more
In an extraordinary act, the FAA has promulgated an enforcement policy notice declaring that it will not take enforcement action against airmen whose medical certificates expire from March 31, 2020 through June 30, 2020. This policy will remain in force and effect...read more
Today, the Tuscola Area Airport Authority, the Friends of Tuscola Airport Authority, Inc., and other concerned governmental entities and private citizens caused to be filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia the Initial Brief of...read more
Alan Armstrong speaks to us about Aerial Demonstrations and Dynamic Maneuvering.read more
Alan Armstrong is interviewed by Michael Seiden of WSB-TV, Channel 2 in Atlanta about the crash of a Cessna Citation jet aircraft in the North Georgia mountains on Saturday, February 8, 2020, while operating in poor weather conditions.read more
The airshow industry is constantly evolving as are the regulations and policies that inform and regulate airshow performers. On October 10, 2019, the FAA promulgated FAA Order N8900.526, Policy Updates for Issuing Certificate of Waiver or Authorization for An Aviation...read more
The crew of Delta Flight 89 dumped fuel on schools after an engine failure and not flying above the minimum height for fuel to evaporate.read more
If a Pilot Refuses or Fails a DoT Drug Test, is it in His Best Interest to Pretend to have a Drug Problem?
DOT drug testing is an unmitigated disaster. The failures and abuses of DOT drug testing are being imposed on airmen who, if they cannot provide a sufficient quantity of urine, must confess to having a drug problem, even if they do not, if they want to fly. Even...read more
Alan Armstrong is interviewed by Ashley Thompson of WGCL TV News about the crash of a Piper PA-28 that crashed near the Peachtree-DeKalb Airport on Oct. 30, 2019.read more
The two-month layoff from flying had been filled with physical therapy appointments and work until I could return to flight status. I was cleared to resume flying 52 days after a total knee replacement. It was a happy day! WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING? I promptly went...read more