Corrective Actions Taken Since Challenger Crash
Within days of the Teterboro Challenger crash and weeks before the NTSB released recommendations as a result of its investigation into the accident, the FAA had started its scrutiny of air-taxi operators, which continues today. Specifically, the NTSB called on the FAA to review all charter management, lease and other agreements between Part 135 certificate holders and other entities to “identify those agreements that permit and/or enable a loss of operational control by the certificate holder and require revisions of any such arrangements.” The FAA held several operational control workshops around the country. (The National Air Transportation Association also has similar workshops under way this month and next.) One of the major FAA actions under way is development of a new air-taxi operations specification (OpSpec A008) to replace interim Notice 8400.83, published last June. OpSpec A008 is now scheduled to be published on or about November 30. Full compliance is expected no later than the end of February. The OpSpec will apply to operators with greater than “Basic” Part 135 authorization, according to NBAA.