Opposition to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) continued to gain airspeed and altitude last week with the addition of long-range Middle Eastern air carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar.
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After hearing arguments for more than two hours yesterday, a California Federal Judge has postponed until next week any preliminary rulings on a legal actions barring the sale of avgas in the state.
The expected release in December of a proposed rule governing the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the U.S. national airspace system (NAS) will be a definitive step in the phased introduction of robotic aircraft in civilian airspace.
Hawker Beechcraft received EASA approval for the Hawker 800XPR yesterday, just weeks after receiving certification from the FAA. This upgrade package is available exclusively through factory-owned Hawker Beechcraft Service facilities, including its Chester, UK location.
The FAA approved the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s noise compatibility program following a two-year noise study. Its new program focuses on three areas: noise abatement, land-use planning and program management.
Regulations to combat pilot fatigue–which FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said will migrate to Part 135 operations–have been delayed past the August 1 deadline set by Congress. People familiar with the issues say release of the new rules for Part 121 scheduled airlines now could be weeks or months away.
The process through which business aircraft passengers and crew can clear U.S. customs and immigration in Shannon, Ireland, has been significantly speeded up thanks to a decision to allow operators to keep their aircraft powered up while on the ground. This means that the procedures can be completed in just 45 minutes from chocks-on to chocks-off, compared with at least 80 minutes when all aircraft power had to be shut down.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing an industry vendors group to identify and advance export opportunities for Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) products made in the U.S. The NextGen Vendors Group (NVG) initiative was announced at the annual meeting of the NextGen Institute in Washington earlier this month.
Yesterday NBAA welcomed language in a congressional appropriations bill that would preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. The FAA dismantled Barr, which allowed aircraft operators to block their aircraft tail numbers on online flight tracking sites, six weeks ago. Rep.
The FAA proposed a civil penalty against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on September 2 for allegedly providing to FedEx a mislabeled box containing lithium batteries, bringing attention to an issue of particular concern to the airline industry.