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.

February 6, 2014 - 1:05pm

The EASA has certified the Airbus Helicopters EC175 medium twin, issuing the type certificate last Thursday. On January 28, the airframer announced it had completed the certification process and was expecting the certificate within days, which the EASA qualified by indicating the document would be delivered in the first quarter. An EASA spokesman confirmed yesterday that the final paperwork was completed more quickly than anticipated.

February 6, 2014 - 1:00pm

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a final repair station security rule 10 years after its congressional mandate. Implementation ends an FAA ban on certifying new foreign repair stations. The final rule is significantly less controversial than a proposed rule issued in November 2009, as it doesn’t mandate any new security programs or plans.

February 5, 2014 - 12:35am

Feb. 21, 2014:

Documents Required Aboard Private Aircraft

February 4, 2014 - 3:18pm

In its continued attempt to close Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport, the city of Santa Monica is now claiming that the statute of limitations on the FAA’s interests in the airfield should be applied with an earlier date.

February 4, 2014 - 3:06pm

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says he wants the FAA to apply noise rules to all helicopters transiting the Los Angeles basin, including those flown by emergency services. “Not all law-enforcement flights are emergencies,” Schiff said during an interview with SoCal public radio station KCRW.

January 30, 2014 - 1:36pm

The FAA has pushed out, from 4 p.m. until approximately 5 p.m., the start of an eight-nautical-mile-wide TFR centered over MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Super Bowl Sunday. From that time until an hour after the end of the game, no general aviation flights will be allowed to enter the TFR ring below 18,000 feet. From noon until 5 p.m., a one-nautical-mile-wide TFR with a minimum altitude of 3,000 feet will be imposed around the stadium.

January 28, 2014 - 3:10pm

Airbus Helicopters (née Eurocopter) CEO Guillaume Faury announced today that the EC175 medium twin “successfully completed the EASA certification process yesterday” and the type certificate is to be issued in the coming days. (On Twitter, the EASA rather described the milestone as the “completion of the technical process” and said the type certificate will be handed over in the first quarter.) Fifteen EC175s are on the final assembly line, he said, speaking at the company’s annual press conference in Paris.

January 28, 2014 - 2:55pm

NBAA welcomed changes announced and enacted yesterday by the FAA to streamline the process for aircraft operators seeking a letter of authorization (LOA) for operations in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace above FL280. According to NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations Mark Larsen, the FAA’s final policy is in line with recommendations made by a task force to improve the LOA inspection process, while maintaining operational safety in the National Airspace System.

January 28, 2014 - 1:32pm

The U.S. Supreme Court last Monday overturned a lower court decision to award $1.2 million to former Air Wisconsin pilot William Hoeper for defamation, ruling that the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) ensures that airlines enjoy immunity from liability in reporting security concerns about an individual to the Transportation Security Administration as long as they do not knowingly disclose false, inaccurate or misleading information.

January 27, 2014 - 1:20pm

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is stepping up efforts to improve helicopter operational safety after adding this to its Most Wanted list of goals for increased awareness and advocacy.

In a January 14 statement, the NTSB said that between January 2003 and May 2013 there were 1,470 helicopter accidents, resulting in 477 fatalities and 274 serious injuries. The Board is concerned that helicopter accidents will continue to happen unless a concerted effort is made to improve the safety of rotary-wing operations.

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