At the FAA’s Joint Planning and Development Office Day on Capitol Hill recently, Administrator Marion Blakey introduced two NextGen future ATC documents. First was the agency’s 41-page 2008-2012 Flight Plan, which announced projects such as the statewide Alaska ADS-B project.
AINalerts » July 3, 2007
After receiving approximately 60 comments to its request, the FAA issued a notice last week that officially extends the renewal of an inspection authorization (IA) from one year to two. On January 30 this year, the FAA issued a direct final rule making the renewal period for an IA two years. After reviewing the comments, the agency confirmed that rule and kept the effective date as March 1 of this year.
The preliminary NTSB report on Saturday afternoon’s fatal Citation crash in Conway, Ark., in which the pilot attempted to take off from Runway 26 at Conway Municipal Airport after landing long, is expected by the end of the week, according to NTSB investigator Andrew Todd Fox.
The Air Transport Association (ATA), which called the House’s bill “business as usual,” and its various airline members are still pushing hard for user fees. In an e-mail last week to frequent fliers, United Airlines chairman, president and CEO Glenn Tilton requested the airline’s most loyal customers support user fees, claiming that the fees will support air traffic modernization.
The House Transportation Committee’s attempt at an FAA reauthorization and funding bill has received praise and backing from general aviation interests, but they warn that the fight for passage without user fees is far from over.