Committee Tackles Inconsistent Interpretation Of Rules

 - September 3, 2012, 4:40 PM

U.S. regulators and industry representatives are jointly addressing inconsistencies in the way that federal aviation regulations are interpreted locally through the new Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). “The lack of standardization on regulatory interpretations is costing both the FAA and industry dearly,” said ARC chair Eric Byer, vice president of government & industry affairs at the National Air Transportation Association. The FAA established the ARC to fulfill a mandate contained in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, to address challenges in regulatory consistency, particularly in the certification and application processes. The committee has developed a stakeholder survey searching for ideas to improve FAA oversight and efficiency. The survey is available until September 25. The ARC will develop recommendations and submit a final report to the FAA Administrator by December 31 this year and further report to Congress by February 15 next year. The ARC will hold a webinar September 7 at 11 a.m. EST to provide an update on its progress.