FAA Denies Collings Foundation Flight Exemption Requests | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 06.22.17

Airborne 06.19.17

Airborne 06.20.17

Airborne 06.21.17

Airborne 06.22.17

Airborne 06.23.17

Airborne-Unmanned 06.20.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 06.22.17

Airborne 06.19.17

Airborne 06.20.17

Airborne 06.21.17

Airborne 06.22.17

Airborne 06.23.17

Airborne-Unmanned 06.20.17

XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview -- www.allthingsunmanned.com

Fri, Oct 16, 2009

FAA Denies Collings Foundation Flight Exemption Requests

Unable To Fly F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk, Me-262 and Fieseler Co. Fi-156 Storch With Passengers

The FAA recently denied the Collings Foundation's request for flight exemptions for the F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk, Me-262 replica, and Fieseler Co. Fi-156 Storch.

Collings Foundation A-4, F-4 Formation

The exemptions are required for the foundation to accept donations for flight experiences in these historic aircraft. The foundation says its "unique living history" programs for these aircraft will be dead in their tracks without these critical exemptions.

"Collings has included four aircraft in its request that do not meet the requirements for an exemption," the FAA said in denying Collings' request. "The FAA's "Exemptions for Passenger Carrying Operations Conducted for Compensation and Hire in Other Than Standard Category Aircraft" (72 FR 57196; 10/09/07) policy states that aircraft must meet the test of being historically significant in the context of U.S. aeronautical history. The Fieseler Co. Fi-156 Storch is a World War II German reconnaissance aircraft that does not meet the policy requirement of being a historically significant aircraft. Therefore, the petitioner's request to include the Fieseler Co. Fi-156 Storch in this exemption is denied.

The Classic Fighter Me-262 is a replica of a World War II German aircraft that does not meet the policy requirement of being a historically significant aircraft. Therefore, the petitioner's request to include the Classic Fighter Me-262 in this exemption is denied."

Collings Foundation Me-262 Replica

Collings Foundation disagrees with the FAA conclusion that "in the context of U.S. aeronautical history" neither the Fi-156 Storch nor the Me-262 satisfied "the policy requirement of being a historically significant aircraft."  They say the Fi-156 Storch and Me-262 denial by the FAA was arbitrary and contrary to FAA policy.

The foundation contends there is no requirement in the FAA's policy 72 FR 57197 stating that the historical significance be "in the context of U.S. aeronautical history".  They say the Storch and Me-262 aircraft are most definitely historically significant, and feel they may be more so that many aircraft already approved for flight exemptions.

Regarding the F-4 and the TA-4J, the FAA concludes: "While the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and the McDonnell Douglas TA-4J may meet the historically significant test, the FAA must consider that permitting the public to experience flights in an aircraft that while in U.S. military service required the installation of an ejection seat raises a safety concern that has not been adequately addressed. Until the petitioner provides sufficient information on the means by which it ensures an equivalent level of safety, the FAA will not grant an exemption authorizing operations with the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and the McDonnell Douglas TA-4J. Therefore, the petitioner's request to include the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and the McDonnell Douglas TA-4J in this exemption is denied."

The Collings Foundation says it already has an ejection seat training program that was approved by the FAA. In actuality, they say their ejection seat training program goes well beyond the standard United States Air Force program. The foundation says it ensures the total understanding, compliance and competency of the ejection seat protocol and procedures.

Collings Foundation Storch

The foundation is currently unable to offer Flight Experiences in the Me-262, F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk and Feisler Storch. Without the ability to offer flight experiences in these aircraft, they say they will not be able to cover the operational expenses, and, the foundation says, denies "these unique aviation treasures and (the) living history programs surrounding these aircraft ... to the general public."

FMI: www.collingsfoundation.org

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 06.22.17: FAA Reauthorization, Rotor Riot Int'l, DRL on ESPN

Also: Drones at Oshkosh!, Drone Regulatory Effort, AMA Drone Report-Help Wanted, Aero-TV: MultiGP Drone Racing The House of Representatives has published initial language to reauth>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 06.20.17: UAS Orgs v Bad Regs, Anti-Collision, Drone Race $$

Also: Solar-Powered UAS, NK Drone, UAS Survey, Brian Wynne Interview The team at AUVSI is staying plenty busy as they and 13 other organizations authored a letter to members of Con>[...]

Airborne 06.23.17: Airbus 'Racer', RANS 'Fly To Work', Boater v Floatplane

Also: House ATC Bill, Golda Cox, Boeing Forecast, Concorde Battery, C-130J-SOF, SpiceJet, Flt School Closure Airbus Helicopters has unveiled their ‘Racer’ -- which stan>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.25.17)

“The airline market in Africa has been growing slowly but steadily as the industry is becoming more liberalized and the infrastructure to support the growth is being put in p>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.25.17): Control Sector

Control Sector An airspace area of defined horizontal and vertical dimensions for which a controller or group of controllers has air traffic control responsibility, normally within>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC