GA Groups to U.S. Congress: ATC Reform More Than Just User Fees; Request Sufficient Time to Review and Debate Bill

With the U.S. Congress preparing to consider FAA reauthorization legislation this session, a host of general aviation association leaders recently joined together to send letters to U.S. House transportation leaders, underscoring “real and longstanding concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding air traffic control governance and funding.

Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation’s aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world.

“The general aviation community has very real and long-standing concerns about foreign air traffic control models, which go well beyond the user fee issue,” the letter states. “These concerns are based on our operating experiences in foreign systems, as well as thoughtful analysis about what those systems might look like in the United States.”

The Air Care Alliance, Aircraft Electronics Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Commemorative Air Force, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, International Council of Air Shows, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Air Transportation Association, National Business Aviation Association, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Seaplane Pilots Association and Veterans Airlift Command sent their joint letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), T&I Aviation Subcommittee Chair Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA).

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NTSB Unveils 2016 Most Wanted List, Stresses Technology

The National Transportation Safety Board unveiled its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements this month, calling it a “road map from lessons learned to lives saved.” The list focuses on 10 broad safety improvements on which the NTSB has made recommendations that have not yet been implemented.

Several items on the list demonstrate the importance of technology in saving lives, preventing accidents and lessening the number and severity of injuries from accidents. For example, the list calls for promoting both the availability of collision avoidance technology in highway vehicles, and the completion of rail safety initiatives to prevent accidents. The list also calls for strengthening occupant protection in all modes of transportation, including laws mandating primary enforcement of seatbelt use, and age-appropriate child restraints.

Twenty years ago, the NTSB issued its first recommendation on the use of technology to prevent rear-end collisions. Implementation of this technology could significantly reduce motor vehicle crashes – by far the leading cause of death and injuries in transportation. Although federal regulators have made progress toward including such technologies in the five-star safety rating on new vehicles, the NTSB advocates, including such new technologies as standard equipment on all new highway vehicles – including commercial vehicles – just as airbags and seatbelts are now standard equipment.

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AOPA Air Safety Institute Releases Video Aimed at Collision Avoidance

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new video aimed at informing pilots about how to avoid midair collisions. Collision Avoidance: See, Sense, Separate helps pilots to know when and where most midair collisions occur as well as steps to reduce the risk. 

“While there are only an average of about five to 10 midair collisions a year, the risk is not zero, and the AOPA Air Safety Institute is committed to working with pilots to bring that number down,” said ASI Senior Vice President George Perry. “This video does a great job pointing out the times and places where extra vigilance can prevent midair collisions.” 

The video, made possible by the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) Flight Safety Foundation and Donner Canadian Foundation, looks at some of the commonalities among midair collisions and offers some strategies for minimizing your chance of being involved in one.

About the Air Safety Institute  

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute is dedicated exclusively to providing continuing pilot education and safety programs for general aviation. It is funded by donations from individual pilots and organizations, which support the cause of improved general aviation safety. Since 1950, ASI has served all pilots and aviation enthusiasts — not just AOPA members—by providing free safety education, research, and data analysis. ASI offers award-winning online courses, nearly 200 live seminars annually throughout the U.S., flight instructor refresher courses, safety videos, accident case studies, and other materials to keep pilots safe and well informed. To learn more, visit ASI at


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LISA Airplanes 

LISA Airplanes at France Air Expo



While AKOYA carries on its flight tests and certification program, LISA Airplanes is exhibiting at the France Air Expo show on the
 International Airport Lyon Bron (LFLY) from June 4 to 6 2015. 

Previously held in Cannes (South of France), this show has become a major event for general aviation year after year and gathers aviation enthusiasts, aircraft owners, and professionals of the industry.
Besides displaying the last videos of the AKOYA in flight, LISA’s Team will present its last progresses and the multiple innovations that make this airplane unique.




About LISA


LISA Airplanes––a French company with international ambitions––creates, produces, and distributes top of the range airplanes, products, and services that are centered on humankind and its mobility with the intention of creating a new aviation, which suggests a change in lifestyle. From this philosophy, a first aircraft is born––AKOYA.



AKOYA is a two-seater amphibious airplane with a unique design and a wealth of features. From ground, water, or snow, the AKOYA takes its passengers 1,250 miles away (2,000 km) thanks to its impressive fuel efficiency of 42MPG (5.6L/100km) and can reach the speed of 135kts (250km/h). After a pleasant and quick flight, the AKOYA lands on a less than 650-foot field (200m) and folds its wings to be parked in a garage. To reach such performance with no compromises, LISA Airplanes has designed an exclusive innovation in the aviation field, which allows landing on multiple surfaces. The Multi-Access technology is a unique combination of two hydrofoils, a retractable landing gear equipped with skis and folding wings. The AKOYA is designed to fulfill the LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) regulation––the new American standard that is to become an international standard such as in Europe with the CS-LSA implementation. 

About France Air Expo


Since 2007, France Air Expo is one of the biggest events of general aviation in Europe. This meeting brings aviation enthusiasts and manufacturers eager to talk about the innovation and technological progress. Located for eight years in Cannes, the Cannes Air Show has changed its destination and its name to become France Air Expo, a traveling exhibition. From June 4 to 6, the airport of Lyon -Bron (LFLY) will hold this edition and welcome around 20 000 visitors and 300 exhibitors from light airplane to business aviation, including helicopters and related equipment and services. 


Join LISA’s Team: 
 June 4 to 6 between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the International Airport Lyon Bron (LFLY)(France).


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