This month marks the six-year anniversary of one of the most infamous accidents in the history of business aviation–the crash of a chartered Challenger 600 at Teterboro Airport. Six years later, has the FAA incorporated the lessons learned into its regulations?
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An article in The Atlantic magazine alleging that general aviation security is lax to nonexistent prompted an outcry from GA organizations last month.
At the request of the FAA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 11 rescinded its rule prohibiting the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that transmit distress alerts on frequency 121.5 MHz.” Monitoring of 121.5-MHZ ELT signals by the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite system ended on Feb.
The FAA finalized a rule that requires Part 135 operators to train pilots and flight attendants in crew resource management (CRM), finally responding to a 2003 NTSB recommendation. Under the final rule, unscheduled charter airlines, air taxis and other Part 135 operators must establish initial and recurrent CRM training for crewmembers within two years of the effective date.
ATR last month reported a firm order tally for 80 new turboprops last year, double the number it accumulated in 2009, and collected revenues totaling $1.35 billion, almost three times the turnover it achieved in 2005. All told, the Franco-Italian manufacturer delivered 51 airplanes last year, compared with 54 in 2009 and 55 in 2008.
Last month key industry players expressed strong concerns about proposed FAA rule changes for helicopter operations, particular those governing emergency medical services (EMS) providers.
Revised rules for flight, duty and rest times for Part 121 flight crews are still several months away, according to the FAA. The agency received more than 1,000 comments on a proposal issued in September to modify the regulations governing how long pilots are on and off the job.
Both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association have called on the FAA to initiate a full rewrite of the Part 135 flight, duty and rest rules instead of relying on a new interpretation of flight time. NBAA said the FAA’s proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time is too significant for implementation simply by a notice of proposed interpretation.
The Court of Appeals of Quebec on January 11 summarily dismissed appeals by the state of Iraq and Iraqi Airways in the 20-year-old legal case brought by Kuwait Airways seeking damages for Iraq’s seizure of 10 airplanes and associated spares and records during its 1990 occupation of Kuwait. The case continues to prevent Bombardier from delivering the final six of an order for 10 CRJ900s placed by the government of Iraq in 2008.