Regulations and Government

News about bills, laws, regulations and other governmental decisions affecting aviation and aerospace. Topics include FAA reauthorizations, taxes on fuel and aviation activities, environmental legislation, ICAO decisions, governmental mediation of labor conflicts and World Trade Organization disputes and decisions.

October 22, 2014 - 3:40pm

Japan has won its bid for the 2020 Olympics, and Toshiaki Baba of the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) knows his country needs to be ready for an influx of business aircraft.

Along with projections for extending runway lengths at several airports, JCAB (Booth 1291) has been busy building dedicated business aviation passenger processing areas for customs and immigration, international terminal ramp parking that cuts taxi time by as much as 30 minutes and even, at smaller airports, FBOs, VIP lounges and executive hangar space.

October 21, 2014 - 7:05pm

NBAA traditionally fills the opening general sessions to the largest trade event in business aviation with distinguished speakers from the industry, legislative and regulatory areas. The opening session at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., yesterday was no exception, as NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.); Christopher Hart, acting secretary of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); and Enterprise Holdings chairman Andrew Taylor.

October 21, 2014 - 10:30am

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued type certification approval for Piper Aircraft’s (NBAA static display) M-Class single-engine airplanes, which include the Meridian turboprop, pressurized Mirage piston and unpressurized Matrix piston.

CAAC’s approval is excellent news for Piper and prospective customers in China,” said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “There is certainly a large potential market for personal and training aircraft in the world’s most populous country.”

October 20, 2014 - 7:30am

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) last month issued a report that examined the effect that rising fuel prices have had on civil aviation in the U.S. The government’s interest lies in the excise taxes imposed on the sale of aviation fuel and their contribution to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which was created in 1970 as a dedicated source of funding for the nation’s aviation system including the FAA’s capital improvement programs and a sizable portion of the agency’s operating budget.

October 16, 2014 - 2:50pm

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced plans today to retire from the agency at the end of this year. He has led the TSA over the past 4.5 years using a “risk based” security philosophy that has shielded U.S. general aviation airports from onerous security rules. In a statement, NATA president and CEO Thomas Hendricks said, “NATA deeply appreciates Administrator Pistole’s service to the country and applauds his devotion to the safety and security of our transportation systems.

October 2, 2014 - 2:20pm

The City Council of Houston, Texas, voted yesterday overwhelmingly in favor of a 40-year lease for a new FBO at William P. Hobby Airport, one of the nation’s busiest business aviation destinations and currently home to five service providers. Black Forest Ventures plans to break ground early next year on a new $20 million Galaxy FBO facility that will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal and a pair of 38,000-sq-ft hangars capable of holding G650-size business jets.

October 1, 2014 - 3:45am

The issue of FAA delays in approving letters of authorization (LOAs) for operations such as RVSM continues to fester. At this month’s NBAA Convention, the FAA’s Roger Sultan will join attorney David Norton of Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton to help pilots and aircraft operators understand the LOA process, learn how recent changes might accelerate LOA approvals and give feedback about their experiences obtaining LOAs.

October 1, 2014 - 3:05am

On the heels of statements of dissatisfaction by senior U.S. Air Force officials about the current delay of more than two years in producing the critical Mission Data Unit (MDU) of the DOD’s future GPS III satellite program, the USAF issued a Sources Sought ultimatum to GPS III contractor Lockheed Martin and its subcontractor Excelis. Such a declaration–essentially advising the contractor to improve performance and indicating that the agency is investigating other sources for the work–was a bombshell event for the aerospace community.

October 1, 2014 - 2:45am

The rewrite of the EASA’s CS-23 and the FAA’ s Part 23 rules (known as the “CS/Part 23 Reorganization” initiative) is taking shape, and at a workshop last month in Brussels European authorities expressed unconditional support for the effort. Manufacturers of light aircraft (up to 12,500 pounds) are propelling this effort to establish more practical rules.

September 30, 2014 - 3:40pm

The FAA is conducting a 30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities, after a “criminal action by a contractor knocked out communications equipment” at the FAA air route traffic control center (ARTCC) in Aurora, Ill. on Friday, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced yesterday at an Air Traffic Control Association conference in Maryland.

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