Jan. 5, 2011:
Safety Systems for
Part 139 Certified Airports
The FAA has proposed requiring the 553 airports that hold Part 139 certificates to put in place safety management systems (SMS) for all airfield and ramp areas. According to the agency, the NPRM will help airports enhance safety by developing an organization-wide safety policy; implementing methods to mitigate airport hazards; and analyzing and mitigating risks before they change airport procedures or infrastructures. The proposed rule requires that SMS be used for airport movement and non-movement areas, including runways, taxiways, ramps, aircraft parking ramps and fuel farms. The FAA believes that SMS will provide an additional layer of safety at airports and help reduce airport incidents and accidents. Airports will have the flexibility to implement an SMS plan that considers their unique operating environment. Send comments identified by Docket Number FAA-2010-0997 by e-mail to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov; by mail to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, D.C.; or by fax to Docket Operations at (202) 493-4421.
Jan. 10, 2011:
Safety Initiatives for Air Ambulance and Commercial Helicopter Operations, Part 91 Helicopter Operations and Part 135 Aircraft Operations
This NPRM addresses safety concerns in air ambulance and commercial helicopter operations, Part 91 helicopter operations and load manifest requirements for all Part 135 aircraft in response to the increase in fatal helicopter air ambulance accidents from 2002 to 2008. The FAA is proposing to amend regulations pertaining to all commercial helicopter operations conducted under Part 135 to include equipment requirements, pilot training and alternate airport minimums because some of these safety concerns are not unique to the helicopter air ambulance industry and affect all commercial helicopter operations. Comments on the NPRM, identified by Docket Number FAA-2010-0982, may be e-mailed to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov; mailed to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Room W12-140,
West Building Ground Floor, Washington, D.C.; or faxed to Docket Operations at (202) 493-4421.
Feb. 3, 2011:
Safety Management Systems for Part 121 Operators
The FAA is proposing to require each certificate holder operating under Part 121 to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS) to improve the safety of its aviation-related activities. An SMS is a comprehensive, process-oriented approach to managing safety throughout an organization. An SMS includes an organization-wide safety policy; formal methods for identifying hazards, controlling and continually assessing risk; and promotion of a safety culture. SMS not only emphasizes compliance with technical standards such as Foqa and Asap, but also puts an increased focus on the overall safety performance of the organization. The FAA has already issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to mandate SMS at Part 139 airports, and is working on SMS regulations for other groups of aviation service providers, including Part 135 operators and Part 145 repair stations. Comments are due Feb. 3, 2011. Send comments by e-mail to the Federal eRulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov; by mail to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001; or by fax to Docket Operations at (202) 493-4451.
Feb. 17, 2011:
Photo Requirements for Pilot Certificates
This action would require a person to carry a pilot certificate with photo to exercise the privileges of the pilot certificate. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) responds to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The FAA previously required all pilots (except temporary and student pilots) to obtain a plastic certificate. The agency now is proposing to include student pilots in the photo ID rule, with the same duration as other pilot certificates. Additionally, because of the new photo requirements, this proposal modifies the application process and the fee structure for pilot certificates. Comments can be made before Feb. 17, 2011, to Docket Number FAA-2010 using any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; mail to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001; or faxed to Docket Operations at (202) 493-2251.
Jan. 12, 2012:
Emissions Trading in Europe
The European Union is instituting an emissions trading scheme (ETS) beginning Jan. 1, 2012, for flights within European airspace as well as to and from it, and operators of aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,566 pounds are being required to submit a monitoring plan. Operators within the EU are accountable
to authorities in their own countries for complying with the ETS. The European Aviation Safety Agency has assigned non-European operators to one of the
EU states to meet ETS obligations. Operators from outside the EU can be exempt from the ETS if they are part of an equivalent emissions trading system in their home country.