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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: F4guy
The problem is that the FAA moves slower than someone walking uphill through molasses poured on glue. It's been 15 years since they were instructed to make changes because of 9/11, and they've done the absolute bare minimum required. Almost the only change to the licensing procedure is better quality paper.
Pilots are still expected to self report felonies, there are no pictures of the person it was issued to on it, the bare minimum background check is performed.....and this is sixteen years after 9/11. How long will it take to make real change? Thirty years? Forty?
Actualy, they have absolutely no "responsibility." Many airports are not attended. At the ones that are, there might be a girl inside the fixed base operator to take fuel orders, but even that is going away with the recent prevalence of self-serve fuel. Very few airports have a landing fee, and at those that do, all they write down is the registration number of the aircraft and maybe the type (e. g. Cessna Mustang, Mooney M20, PC-12, etc.) There are 20,500 public use airports in the US. 500 have control towers. At the rest, there is no requirement to record any info about the users. If you want airport trust fund money for your airport, you need to keep some statistics about the number of operations, but no responsibility to id who is using it. For most general aviation flights in the US, there is no requirement to file any flight plan. So, if the weather is decent and if I plan on staying below 18,000 feet, I can run out to the airport, hop in my plane, and fly from South Florida to Seattle and there will be no record, as long as I use a prepaid credit card for fuel at self serve pumps, and stay away from towered airports. Even at towered airports, there is no record, even of the N number, after the operation (takeoff or landing) is concluded. You do run a slight risk of running into a random FAA ramp check, where an inspector checks all paperwork and looks at the aircraft, but the FAA budget has been slashed and there isn't any money to send inspectors around ramp checking random aircraft.
originally posted by: gimcrackery
The airport operators also have a responsibility as to what aircraft are parked on their ramps they have landing fees, rental fees etc., a reply to: Zaphod58