An Aviation Week article printed last week states that Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator, urges more aviation managers to implement safety information sharing systems in general and business aviation. Huerta, who spoke at a NATA Aviation Business round table discussion, said that safety reporting programs like ASAP and ATSAP are critical and can offer important safety information that the industry might be missing out on otherwise.
Huerta also encourages general aviation members to join the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program, an entity that operates on a more broad scale to share safety information across the industry and with the FAA.
And of course, Mr. Huerta probably couldn't escape without offering a NextGen update. According to Huerta, those LPV approaches we've been waiting on will be implemented on all qualified runways by 2016. A localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approach uses a WAAS GPS to give pilots the most precise navigation available, offering approach minimums as low as 200 feet.
LPV approaches will be a big help for those in locations where radio navigation is difficult.