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News about bills, laws and regulations affecting aviation and aerospace.

May 28, 2012 - 10:45am
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, left, and Margaret Gilligan, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety.

The FAA asked a federal appeals court in the U.S. to temporarily suspend a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of all-cargo airlines from its new pilot duty rule so that it can correct “newly discovered errors” in the administrative record supporting the regulation.

May 21, 2012 - 4:15pm

The Federal Register this week published corrections to the final rule on flight-crew rest and duty times. Clarifications include that flight-crew members may not accept a trip that forces them to exceed 100 flight hours in any 672-consecutive-hour period, nor more than 1,000 hours in a given 365-day period.

May 14, 2012 - 4:35pm

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) last week released its investigation report (A09Q0203) and recommendations derived from the December 2009 crash of a charter Beech King Air A100 while on approach to Quebec’s Chicoutimi/St-Honoré Aerodrome (CYRC).

April 23, 2012 - 6:52pm

It took a pilot to make one of the first moves in Congress to create one level of safety as part of a 2011 proposal to upgrade Part 121 crew-rest requirements.

April 23, 2012 - 6:49pm

The FAA is seeking comments on its proposal to upgrade Part 121 pilot certification experience requirements. The new standards would require airline first officers to hold an ATP certificate with a type rating, and airline captain applicants to have at least 1,000 hours of flight time in air carrier operations.

April 23, 2012 - 10:00am
 U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack

The campaign to include cargo airline pilots in the U.S. under the FAA’s new flight crew member duty and rest rule gained support in Congress with the introduction of legislation on April 16 that would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to apply the rule “in th

February 27, 2012 - 5:27pm

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of pilot flight time except under limited circumstances.

February 1, 2012 - 5:34pm
Side view of Spirit Airlines A319

Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines continued its public criticism of new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) passenger-protection rules, drawing a rebuke from a U.S. senator. The airline also faced a new fine from the DOT over its handling of complaints lodged by passengers with disabilities.

January 13, 2012 - 1:07pm

A total of 8,904 signatures on the petition, “Take User Fees Off the Table,” apparently were not enough to change the mind of President Obama. Today the White House issued its response, which only serves to reiterate his position:

January 9, 2012 - 6:25pm
Indian aviation officials have reported safety concerns at Kingfisher Airlines

A controversy is raging over the safety practices of India’s airlines following the partial “leak” of a financial audit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The report indicated that poor safety practices may be endemic in the Indian air transport sector.

 
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