More than eight months after Lockheed Martin took over the operation of the nation’s automated flight service stations (AFSS), it has a Web site (www.afss.com/) where pilots can access contact information for each AFSS, see updates on station modernization progress and report problems obtaining timely and thorough briefings.
Aviation International News » August 2006
FAA officials at a meeting last month told representatives from key industry organizations, including the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), that guidance for a new drug testing rule would be released in “the coming weeks.” The new drug and alcohol testing rules, with a delayed effective date of October 10, pertain to maintenance contractors and subcontractors for Part 121 and 135 operators (FAR 135.251 and 135.253).
The FAA has contracted for four additional airports to have engineered materials arresting systems (EMAS) installed on runways that don’t have enough space for 1,000-foot-long runway safety areas. The arresting system uses crushable concrete to slow and stop an airplane that runs off the end of the runway. Fourteen U.S. airports have 18 of the systems installed, and construction of four systems is under way in San Diego; Charleston, W.
An onerous legislative proposal to mandate emissions monitoring at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California was rejected by the state senate. California Assembly Bill 2501 would have required the airport to record the time that turbine engines run during ground operations at Santa Monica Airport so that exhaust emissions could be measured.
The comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primarily in large commercial transport aircraft (those with an mtow of more than 75,000 pounds) has been pushed from July 17 to September 18. The NPRM is one of several rulemaking actions that are part of the FAA’s aging-aircraft program.
The FAA is extending the voluntary disclosure reporting program (VDRP) to fractional ownership programs on a test basis for one year, to May 19 next year. The purpose of the VDRP is to encourage operators to identify to the FAA (without threat of a penalty action) apparent FAR violations, evaluate the causal issues and develop and implement
corrective actions to ensure that the same, or similar, violations do not reoccur.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport will close from April 9 through June 7 next year for runway resurfacing with grooved asphalt. Other safety improvements to the airport will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, but these won’t involve closures. After the runway is reopened there may be occasional closures of a maximum of two days while runway markings and pavement sealers are applied.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) of Alexandria, Va., has published the inaugural issue of Aviation Safety World, a monthly journal that replaces the seven periodicals it previously published. The annual subscription fee of $350 includes an FSF membership. A special $280 introductory rate is being offered for a limited time.
CharterX, a large online charter facilitator, has acquired air charter audit firm Wyvern Consulting of Palmyra, N.J. Through Portland, Ore.-based CharterX, charter operators and brokers can market aircraft and trips. CharterX founder and president Jim Betlyon said Wyvern will continue to perform “separate” and “unbiased” safety evaluations. He told AIN that non-Wyvern-recommended operators will not be excluded from the CharterX network.
Arnoni Aviation Services of Houston and several other suppliers of products and services for Hawkers have formed the Hawker 125 Vendor Committee (www.hawker125committee.com/). The group intends to provide operators of older Hawkers with a single point of contact to obtain technical data, parts and other services.