- November 2, 2009, 4:48 AM
A recent survey conducted by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) about inconsistent FAA regulatory interpretations has yielded “troubling, yet expected,” results. NATA conducted the survey in response to numerous members’ reports of having experienced varying interpretations of FARs by the FAA’s regional aircraft certification (ACO) and flight standards district offices (FSDO). Many survey respondents said they are challenged by regulatory interpretations that vary from one inspector within one FSDO or ACO to another. According to NATA, respondents estimate that these varying interpretations cost general aviation businesses hundreds of millions of dollars annually.