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November 14, 2006 - 8:42am

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is busy trying to figure out how to hasten the phaseout of Stage 2 business jets at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners directed VNY operator LAWA to pursue a program that is provided for under what the board claims is a grandfather clause in federal law whereby Stage 2 operations would be phased out over a seven-year period.

November 13, 2006 - 11:59am

The FAA had planned to deliver Operations Specifications C082 on calculating new landing-distance safety margins by June 30, but it is still in a draft version.

November 13, 2006 - 11:09am

NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed concern about the FAA’s June notice requiring the addition of a 15-percent landing-distance safety margin. NBAA and NATA believe that the FAA is bypassing the normal regulatory process.

November 13, 2006 - 11:04am

The FAA is expected to push back “a few weeks” the implementation dates for the 15-percent runway safety margin requirement. A four-week delay, for example, would require air carriers to submit compliance procedures to their POI by October 1, with implementation required by November 1.

November 13, 2006 - 9:44am

A long-awaited interim final rule will be published in the next day or two extending through at least April 2008 the FAA’s mandated flight-reduction program to ease congestion at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. Through several six-month extensions, the program has been in effect continuously since November 2004; the latest extension was scheduled to expire on October 28.

November 13, 2006 - 9:02am

In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget this week, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) requested the agency's intervention to ensure that the new FAA policy requiring landing performance assessments before landing, including a new requirement for a mandatory 15-percent margin, for fractional and charter jets complies with all statutory requirements.

November 13, 2006 - 8:53am

General aviation operators at New York La Guardia Airport who are waiting eagerly for the expiration next January 1 of the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule shouldn't hold their breath.

November 13, 2006 - 8:29am

For the time being, air-taxi and fractional jet operators will not be required to add a 15-percent safety margin to actual landing distance as described in a June FAA policy notice and an impending OpSpec. Trade groups had argued that since the policy notice was to become a requirement, the FAA is obligated to follow the rulemaking process, including, an initial notice of proposed rulemaking asking for comments.

November 13, 2006 - 8:09am

The FAA extended to September 22 the public comment period for a draft reevaluation of a proposed centerfield taxiway at Boston Logan International Airport. The FAA deferred its decision on the proposed centerfield taxiway until the taxiway operations north of Runway 15R/33L were assessed. If approved by the FAA, the centerfield taxiway would be a 9,300-foot parallel taxiway between Runway 4L and 4R.

November 13, 2006 - 8:03am

The FAA is requesting public comments on the usefulness of airport advisory services now available part- or full-time at 20 airports in the continental U.S. In the notice, the agency does not give a reason why it’s asking for comments, but it could be collecting data to help decide whether the cost of continuing the service is justified.

 
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