In a public debate Tuesday at the Washington Aero Club’s monthly luncheon, AOPA president Phil Boyer and ATA president and CEO James May agreed on many issues related to funding the FAA, with May going so far as to say he would be fine with no user fees. “I’ve never allocated a collection formula,” he said.
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The final vote tally of 12-11 against the amendment means that the bill will move to the next step in the Senate with user fees attached. Eight democrats voted for user fees versus four against. Only four republicans voted for the per-flight fee, compared with seven against. When the vote was tied 11 to 11, Sen.
At the culmination of two days of intense activity, the Senate purged from its new version of the FAA’s funding bill an amendment that would have stricken the $25 per flight “Air Traffic Modernization” fee. The amendment, introduced by Sens. John Sununu (R-N.H.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), failed by only one vote in the executive mark-up session of the commerce committee.
An FAA investigation of the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (Tracon) determined that it is "more than adequately staffed for safe operations and that local union-controlled scheduling practices are inefficient and wasteful, creating overtime costs that are more than double any other air ATC facility in the country." The need for overtime was compounded, the report said, "by absences due to widespread abuse of sick leave and workers
Both sides claim a measure of victory in last Friday's U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, but the Naples (Fla.) Airport Authority is crowing louder. The court decision upheld a ban on Stage 2 jets at Naples Municipal Airport–a ban disputed by the FAA and a host of aviation advocacy groups, including the NBAA.
The FAA has proposed a number of revisions to the rotorcraft one-engine-inoperative (OEI) rating definition and type certification standards to align the regulations with those in use by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation.
Reacting to last September’s fatal collision of an Embraer Legacy and Boeing 737 over the Amazon jungle, the NTSB yesterday called for improved certification standards for traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS). The Safety Board wants pilots to receive clearer warning messages when the TCAS has stopped functioning.
Sen. John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate aviation subcommittee, and ranking member Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) are expected to introduce an FAA reauthorization bill this week to counter one the Bush Administration released in February.
The FAA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) last week that, if enacted, would require manufacturers of newly certified transport-category aircraft (Part 25) to incorporate an ice-detection system.
• At the end of March, lawmakers took a spring break that ended in mid-April, leaving in a holding pattern approval of House and Senate supplemental emergency spending bills totaling $124 billion for the Iraq war. On their return, they