January 2016 Issue

Pilot Bill of Rights, Control Riding and Dealing with Drones

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on June 23, 2015, wrote U.S. Senators saying it is “fundamentally opposed to the dangerous policy shift proposed” by the Pilots Bill of Rights II (PBOR2). Reader Martin Brookes writes that every instructor he has flown with “couldn’t resist adding their control input on landing” via subtle, unannounced control inputs to “help” the student. This is an unfortunately common practice, sometimes called “control riding.” While it’s easy to bash the FAA efforts to regulate drones, it’s important to note Congress in 2012 told the agency to come up with a regulatory scheme allowing UAS operations in the national airspace.

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