The NTSB yesterday began to release all accident investigation public dockets to its public Web site in accordance with the NTSB Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement plan. According to the Safety Board, this effort further brings the agency into compliance with legislative and executive mandates aimed at improving the U.S. government’s use of electronic media to foster a more open and transparent government.
AINalerts » June 2, 2009
Bell Helicopter anticipates receiving Transport Canada type certification for the 429 twin-turbine light helicopter by the end of June, followed swiftly by FAA validation and, a few weeks farther out, EASA approval. Company officials told AIN that all component testing and flight testing is complete, with just software approval remaining for Canadian certification.
The FAA is proposing to issue an Airworthiness Directive requiring insertion of “revised procedures for servicing tires and checking for proper tire inflation” in Learjet 60/60XR maintenance and flight manuals.
Following growing objections from the general aviation community, the Transportation Security Administration relaxed some security restrictions that went into effect yesterday for transient pilots flying into commercial-service airports. Late last week, the TSA said transient pilots who fly into commercial-service airports no longer need to get an airport badge or background check.
Conklin & de Decker cofounder and president Bill de Decker is warning that the proposed cap-and-trade legislation intended to reduce CO2 emissions could have serious effects on the business aviation industry, and as early as 2012. Under proposed H.R.2454, the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2050, with intermediate goals of 97 percent in 2012, 80 percent in 2020 and 58 percent in 2030.