According to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), pilots might expect to receive priority handling after telling ATC they have “minimum fuel,” but ATC is actually under no obligation to provide priority handling unless the pilot declares a “fuel emergency.” A recent ASRS report underscored the issue dramatically.
Aviation International News » July 2006
Changes to the FAA’s investigative and enforcement procedures (FAR Part 13) including inflation adjustments to civil monetary penalties–became effective June 15. The adjustments typically do not exceed 2 percent. The rule also includes references to additional and revised statutes.
Rules governing the construction of objects that could be an obstruction to safe aircraft operations might get a little more bite. Under proposed amendments to FAR Part 77 the obstruction standards for the so-called “imaginary surfaces” of airports would be revised, resulting in more structures that could be classified as obstructions.
The HondaJet will make an encore appearance at this month’s EAA AirVenture, July 24 to 30 in Oshkosh, Wis. Last year, the very light jet spent just a few hours at AirVenture, but this time Honda will display the jet for the duration of the show. The company has still not announced whether it will enter the VLJ market with the HondaJet.
The Homeland Security Inspector General reported last month that the airlines are underpaying the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) an estimated $14.5 million in passenger security fees every year.
The TSA agreed and said it will audit the airlines to verify they
are remitting the proper amounts. Passengers pay a maximum of $10
per round trip to help pay for security screening at airports.
With airlines complaining to Congress about the huge amount of money they pay to the FAA, what often gets lost in the noise is the fact that the airlines themselves do not fork over the money. Rather, it is the passengers who pay the ticket taxes of 7.5 percent, which the airlines turn over to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which in turn provides most of the money to run the FAA.
Norman Mineta will step down July 7 after serving as DOT Secretary for more than five years, saying, “It is time for me to move on to other challenges.” Mineta was a member of Congress in 1994, and NBAA said the 74-year-old Democrat’s “understanding of general aviation” helped guide the legislative body to pass the General Aviation Revitalization Act.
The FAA has referred its civil penalty case against Platinum Jet Management to the U.S. Attorney General in the office of the Department of Justice for further action. Platinum Jet Management and the FAA last month apparently failed to reach a compromise agreement on the agency’s proposed July 2005 $1.86 million civil penalty against the company for allegedly operating numerous for-hire flights without an operating certificate.
A history of maintenance issues is unfolding at Chalks Ocean Airways, according to a series of recently released NTSB factual reports about last December’s crash of one of the carrier’s Grumman Turbo Mallard G73s in Miami, following separation of the right wing after takeoff. “The right wing fracture surfaces that were examined exhibited evidence of overstress and fatigue,” said the Safety Board.
New York’s state Senate passed legislation (S.3655) sponsored by Sen. Bill Larkin (R-Croton-on-Hudson) to provide a sales and use tax exemption on general aviation airplanes to be operated under Part 91 and purchased in the state. The exemption, if passed by the state’s Assembly and signed by the governor, would go into effect on December 1.