FAA Sits on Part 135 Seat Bulletin

 - September 29, 2006, 10:36 AM

The FAA suspended the August 31 date for Part 135 operators to comply with airworthiness bulletin HBAW 04-06E, while it considers proposed rulemaking that would replace the term “type certificated” with “seating configuration.” The revision would allow methods other than a type certificate change to be an acceptable means of altering seating configurations. To bring aircraft into a nine or fewer passenger seat configuration so that they meet less stringent maintenance and operation requirements, the bulletin mandates the physical removal of seats, which would have to be done under an STC or amended TC. Blocking or placarding seats to meet this regulation would no longer be acceptable.