Seven industry trade groups are asking the FAA to delay by six months the effective date–currently September 2–of new flammability requirements for aircraft insulation. In a letter sent to the FAA last month the groups claimed that they hadn’t been concerned with the new rule– adopted July 31, 2003–until the publication on June 24 of an advisory circular intended to provide compliance guidelines.
Aviation International News » September 2005
Rules that enable qualified general aviation operators to resume flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) went into effect last month, and interested operators can start the complicated application and approval process.
Pilots will have several more months to comply with the new second-in-command (SIC) type rating rule. Published on August 4, the rule had an effective date of September 6, after which pilots serving as second-in-command would have to have an SIC type rating when flying to international destinations. However, at press time the FAA was preparing a notice that would establish a compliance deadline of March 6 next year.
The FAA said its notice sent last month to tower controllers to review the taxi into position and hold (TIPH) procedure is not intended to end the practice, as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) claims. “Basically, we are seeing a small trend of runway incursions resulting from that procedure,” said an FAA spokesperson. “We wanted to raise awareness and see if it is still required.
Raytheon Aircraft has received an STC from the European Aviation Safety Agency approving the Hawker 400XP (crewed by suitably qualified pilots) to fly the steep approach procedures required to operate at London City Airport. Hawker Aircraft Services can supply the mandatory pilot training, and Hawker Aircraft Service Center in Chester, England, can install an STC-required mod to the enhanced GPWS to prevent false alarms during the approach.
Federal legislation (H.R. 3465) has been introduced that would levy a fine of between $10,000 and $100,000 and impose a certificate suspension of at least two years against a pilot who violates the D.C. flight-restricted zone. A maximum of $5,000 would be assessed against a pilot who enters the D.C. air defense identification zone without a clearance.
While many in general aviation were seeking to modify or eliminate the much-loathed Washington air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the FAA executed a 180-degree course change early last month and issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to make the ADIZ permanent.
Deliveries of new turbine business airplanes–particularly from Bombardier, Cessna, Gulfstream and Raytheon–in the first half of this year shot up more than 31 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the second-quarter shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released recently.
On August 11 European private equity group Permira said it would buy a majority stake in Zurich, Switzerland-based aviation services company Jet Aviation for an undisclosed amount. With a formal closing expected later this month, the sale will end the uncertainty about the fate of the Hirschmann-family-controlled enterprise, which was informally “in play” since it was first put up for sale in early 2002.
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