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.

December 24, 2013 - 8:30am

The FAA’s plan to implement a new policy requiring screening of pilots for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been put on hold, pending FAA consultation with industry stakeholders, according to GA lobby groups. FAA Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton had planned to have aviation medical examiners begin requiring pilots with a body mass index of 40 or more to undergo mandatory OSA screening, with plans eventually to lower that threshold to 30.

December 23, 2013 - 11:10am

The Obama administration and the U.S. Congress appear headed to a confrontation over the administration’s plan to open a customs pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport that many lawmakers and airline industry groups oppose. An opponent said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency plans to begin operating the facility on January 5.

December 17, 2013 - 1:25am

Incorrect data in aviation records is serious in the extreme. Aviation depends on data entry to record everything from student pilot training to air carrier compliance with airworthiness directives to scores of information on every aspect of defeating gravity safely. For that reason, air safety relies in large part on records, the accuracy of which is critical.

December 3, 2013 - 4:40am

Eight senators have called out the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about numerous stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on domestic flights that never leave U.S. airspace.

December 3, 2013 - 3:05am

The White House released a report on the impact and cost of the October 2013 federal government shutdown, estimating costs anywhere from $2- to $6 billion in lost output for the overall economy.

Among the hardest hit by the 16-day furlough of non-exempt government employees was general aviation. The move closed the FAA Registry office and delayed other certification activities, imposing widespread hardship on general aviation manufacturers. The Registry must approve each certificate of registration that is required for the sale, export and import of an aircraft.

December 3, 2013 - 3:05am

Even though general aviation is gearing up once again to defeat user fees, it has become increasingly apparent that Congress is unlikely to accomplish much of anything in the way of meaningful legislation before 2014 arrives. Many believe that Washington could be mostly done making laws for the year.

According to Politico, a daily newspaper that covers national politics and is distributed free on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., and in Manhattan, top sources in both chambers were doubtful that the final eight weeks of this year would produce any legislative breakthroughs.

December 3, 2013 - 2:30am

A group of California politicians wants the FAA to move faster to address the helicopter noise issue in the Los Angeles basin.

December 1, 2013 - 12:55am

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will begin implementing new regulations next year for third country operators (TCOs) that wish to fly to Europe. The new regulations will provide a single, unified code for all operators flying to the 28 European Union states, EU overseas territories and the four EFTA (European Free Trade Association) states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). The unified rules will cover all holders of AOCs (air operator certificates), which includes business aviation charter companies as well as airlines.

November 18, 2013 - 9:55am

Switzerland-based AeroEx (Stand 3260), a firm that specializes in supporting operators for their back-office safety tasks, is offering help for compliance with the new Third Country Operators (TCO) rules (the so called “Part-TCO”) that will soon be enforced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), subject to approval by the European Parliament and Council.

November 17, 2013 - 9:15am

Here at the Dubai Airshow Swedish knowledge-management solution specialist Web Manuals (Stand 2715) has launched the latest iteration of its cloud-based document-digitization application. Known as Web Manuals 4 Draken, the new version introduces a range of features that improve content editing and a document ribbon workflow that eases the authoring and publication of manuals.

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