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.

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.

January 21, 2014 - 2:53pm

Legislation that could mandate noise-abatement helicopter routes in the Los Angeles basin was inserted last-minute into the 1,582-page, $1 trillion federal spending bill signed by President Obama late last week. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, both California Democrats, sponsored a rider that calls on the FAA to develop mandatory helicopter noise-abatement regulations and routes within one year if voluntary measures fail to quell citizen complaints.

January 20, 2014 - 1:50pm

The FAA proposed a $150,000 civil penalty against Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Talon Air on Friday. In a news release, the agency said the company allowed four of its pilots to operate its Hawker 4000s “at least 64 times between October 23, 2011, and July 9, 2012, while they were unqualified to serve as on-demand [Part 135] flight crewmembers.”

January 16, 2014 - 1:35pm
No-reserve auction held at Avantair's former Clearwater (Fla.)

A no-reserve auction held on Friday in a warehouse just a mile from Avantair’s former Clearwater (Fla.) Airport headquarters raised a “couple of million” dollars for the estate of the bankrupt fractional aircraft company, according to auctioneer Starman Bros. Auctions. Citing rules under bankruptcy laws, auctioneer president Steve Starman told AIN that he couldn’t provide a more detailed account of the funds raised.

January 14, 2014 - 10:20pm
Kevin McAleenan, CBP acting deputy commissioner

Airline industry groups complained that the omnibus appropriations bill that observers expect the U.S. Congress will pass this week does not prevent the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency from opening a controversial customs pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

January 14, 2014 - 2:45pm

On Friday, the U.S. government filed a response to a lawsuit filed against it by the city of Santa Monica, which is seeking to establish its right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property. The city believes that it did not relinquish title to the airport when it leased the property to the U.S. government during World War II. When the government relinquished the leasehold on Aug. 10, 1948, it stipulated that the property must remain an airport.

January 14, 2014 - 2:40pm

A bitter dispute that had been fought for more than three years reached its conclusion this week when it was announced that the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority will buy out the Tac Air FBO at the city’s Lovell Field Airport for $12.375 million. Tac Air had protested the authority’s decision to build another FBO at the airport, citing a lack of business to support two FBOs.

January 13, 2014 - 11:55am

FltPlan.com has added capability to help customers comply with new Mexico National Institute of Immigration (INM) rules mandating Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) manifests. The new rules require “submission of information within 30 minutes of departure or after the aircraft door is closed,” according to FltPlan president Ken Wilson.

January 9, 2014 - 7:47pm
FAA headquarters

A “status quo bias” slows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in its effort to modernize the nation’s ATC system, according to a new report.

January 3, 2014 - 10:25am

The U.S. Congress authorized defense spending of $625 billion in Fiscal Year 2014, but calls for an independent review of the software being developed for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. A separate, two-year budget law the Congress passed reduces the more than $100 billion in automatic “sequestration” budget cuts the Pentagon faced over the next two years by about one third.

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