Landing Assessment Rulemaking Committee Urged

 - November 16, 2006, 4:30 AM

In an October 24 letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James Coyne asked the agency to form an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to address industry concerns regarding its impending rule to require commercial and fractional jet pilots to perform landing distance assessments at the time of arrival. After the agency agreed it would begin a formal rulemaking process, including a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), it changed an earlier policy statement into a recommendation in the form of a voluntary Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 06012). In his letter calling for an ARC, Coyne said he wants the FAA to convene a special working group, such as an ARC, to discuss the concerns specific to fractional and air-taxi operators before drafting an NPRM. “This working group should include representatives of Part 91(K) and 135 operators, flight training centers and the FAA.”