FAA Commercial Drone Rules
Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.
The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.
The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. The regulations require pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. Operations are allowed during daylight and during twilight if the drone has anti-collision lights. The new regulations also address height and speed restrictions and other operational limits, such as prohibiting flights over unprotected people on the ground who aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation.
FAA Final Policy on Use of Airport Hangars
The FAA’s final policy on the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars appears in today’s Federal Register and will take effect on July 1, 2017. The FAA is issuing the policy to clarify how aviation facilities – including hangars can be used on airports that receive federal funds. The final policy strikes a balance between hangar use for aviation and non-aviation purposes.
The policy ensures hangars are available when there is an aviation need, and if demand is low, allows hangars to be used for non-aviation activities. The FAA recognizes that non-aviation hangar space rental allows airport sponsors to be economically independent when hangars are not being used to fulfill aviation needs. Airport sponsors must receive approval from the FAA before hangars can be used for non-aviation purposes.
In addition, the policy outlines the type of aircraft that can be built in a hangar, the equipment and items that can be stored in hangars, and the role of the airport sponsors to ensure tenants pay fair market value for hangar space.
FAA Offers Incentive to General Aviation Aircraft Owners to Equip Aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
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.
Job opening: Gary/Chicago International Airport, Staff Accountant/HR Coordinator
To perform a variety of complex and comprehensive professional level work in the areas of cash management, revenues, disbursements, and employee payroll; to perform clerical duties in support of an assigned function; to develop and input correspondence and data into financial software package and financial worksheets; to assist and inform the public about departmental policies and procedures and assist with general clerical activities.
Sales Tax Information – Replaces Bulletin from February 2016
As a result of questions that were raised at previous Aviation Indiana Quarterly meetings, The Indiana Department of Revenue has updated their Bulletin regarding the sales tax exemption on aviation parts.
2016 Legislative Review
The 2016 Legislative session just ended and Aviation Indiana had another successful year. SB 308 was passed that includes language which clarifies what aviation property is exempt from property taxes. The additional language will bring certainty to airports and the tenants as to what property should and should not be taxed…Click Here To Read Full Review
Power Points from the January Meeting
Aviation Dedicated Funding Whitepaper
Read the AAI whitepaper HERE
Announcement: New WAI Chapter in Indianapolis
The Women in Aviation, International have started a new chapter in Indianapolis. The WAI is dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in the aviation industry. WAI has resources available to promote aviation as a career path for young women and provides educational and networking opportunities for them to do so.
If you are interested in finding more about the WAI, visit http://www.wai.org/. For any other questions, contact Ryan Lynch at email@example.com or 317-710-4665.
Spotlight: Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez’s “lucky and interesting” aviation career
Indianapolis Airport Authority’s Mario Rodriguez has had quite the career in aviation. He now calls Indiana his home, and has made the Indianapolis International Airport one of the best in the nation. Read more about his story, and what he has done for Indiana aviation here.