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.

September 1, 2013 - 3:35am

Congress left Washington for its annual break without taking any action on FAA funding for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins October 1. Many other government agencies–including the rest of the Department of Transportation–also are awaiting appropriations.

September 1, 2013 - 12:35am
TBM850 operator Voldirect is one of several operators approved for commercial flights in IMC.

Flying commercially using a single-engine aircraft under instrument flight rules (SECIFR) or at night may be taken for granted in the U.S., but it has not been possible in Europe–until now. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has cracked the door open–first for cargo operators and more recently, in the past few months, for flights carrying fare-paying passengers. It has left the decision to individual countries’ regulators, however, and France and Finland have taken the lead.

August 29, 2013 - 2:50pm

While the FAA mandate to install ADS-B OUT equipment for aircraft flying in U.S. airspace by Jan. 1, 2020 (above 10,000 feet or in Class B or C airspace) is more than six years away, aircraft operating in some countries’ airspace must be compliant starting in December.

August 12, 2013 - 11:00am
protest in brazil airports

The wave of protests that has rocked Brazil since June has included opposition to government spending on airports, the blocking of airport access as a way to get attention, and also complaints by the aviation community about government failure to address its needs. In preparation for the 2014 soccer World Cup, stadiums have been built or renovated all over the country, and investments have been made in transportation infrastructure, including airports.

August 12, 2013 - 10:00am

As the aircraft charter industry in Latin America expands and becomes more organized, it is becoming clear that a major problem facing the segment is that of illegal charter operations.

According to Alexis Javkin, director of Toluca-based fractional operator MexJet, “It is one of the biggest issues we’re fighting now in Mexico. At MexJet and our parent company, Aerolínas Ejecutivas, we invest a lot of money in safety and certification. And while it is difficult to compete with operators who do not, we consider that safety and security are not negotiable.”

August 12, 2013 - 10:00am

Enquanto a indústria de fretamento aéreo na América latina se expande e fica mais organizada, torna-se cada vez mais claro que o maior problema enfrentado pelo segmento é o das operações de fretamento ilegais.

August 12, 2013 - 9:10am

“Sempre há desafios em voos internacionais,” disse Tim Bartholomew, gerente de apoio a viagens internacionais da Rockwell Collins Ascend Flight Information Solutions (estande 2007). E enquanto estes desafios podem mudar de um dia para o outro, ele e outros veem o processo lentamente se tornar cada vez mais eficiente.

Durante anos os operadores da aviação executiva têm voado para três aeroportos principais em Buenos Aires, Argentina, porém, isto não é mais possível já que dois deles foram fechados para a aviação executiva.

August 12, 2013 - 9:00am
Rockwell Collins

“There are always challenges to flying internationally,” said Tim Bartholomew, manager of international trip support for Rockwell Collins Ascend Flight Information Solutions (Stand 2007). And while those challenges may change from one day to the next, he and others see the process slowly becoming more and more efficient.

August 3, 2013 - 12:35am
Dense, continuous smoke in the cockpit is a rare occurrence.

Responding to a mandate from Congress to study the FAA’s oversight of cockpit smoke mitigation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that dense, continuous smoke occurs so infrequently that it was not practical for the GAO to reach a conclusion about the effectiveness of the FAA’s actions.

According to the watchdog agency, the NTSB and the FAA identified no accidents or incidents between 2002 and 2012 involving dense, continuous smoke in the cockpit.

August 1, 2013 - 1:38am
ALPA International president Lee Moak, second from right, makes a point during a discussion of NextGen funding. (Photo: Paul Lowe)

Several decades ago there was an advertisement with three elderly ladies in a fast-food joint. They look at a burger and ask, “Where’s the beef?” One panelist at a NextGen symposium hosted by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) International and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in late June suggested that selling NextGen to the end users may present a similar perception problem. “Where is the hype?” he asked. “I just don’t see the hype.”

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