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Transport Canada (TC), the government agency that regulates the country’s aviation activities, has presented its future policy philosophy in the recently published “Flight 2010–A Strategic Plan for Civil Aviation.” The document describes the agency’s planned transition from a prescriptive, or totally regulation-based, organization to one that is performance-based.
Do not fly any more illegal charters.
That is what the FAA, since March 2 last year, has attempted to tell Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Finally, on June 12, the Department of Transportation issued a consent order in which Platinum Jet agreed to stop flying illegal charters, without admitting that it had broken any laws.
Early last month the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would require VFR pilots to complete Internet-based training before being allowed to fly near–as opposed to into–the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
FAA officials at a meeting last month told representatives from key industry organizations, including the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), that guidance for a new drug testing rule would be released in “the coming weeks.” The new drug and alcohol testing rules, with a delayed effective date of October 10, pertain to maintenance contractors and subcontractors for Part 121 and 135 operators (FAR 135.251 and 135.253).
An onerous legislative proposal to mandate emissions monitoring at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California was rejected by the state senate. California Assembly Bill 2501 would have required the airport to record the time that turbine engines run during ground operations at Santa Monica Airport so that exhaust emissions could be measured.
The comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primarily in large commercial transport aircraft (those with an mtow of more than 75,000 pounds) has been pushed from July 17 to September 18. The NPRM is one of several rulemaking actions that are part of the FAA’s aging-aircraft program.
Comments are due August 14 on proposed changes to U.S. Customs requirements for air carriers, including Part 135 air-taxi operators, to transmit passenger manifests on international flights. Operators would have to submit complete international passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure for flights both inbound to and outbound from the U.S.
Revised performance and handling requirements for normal- (Part 27) and transport-category (Part 29) rotorcraft have been proposed.
September 18 is the comment deadline on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primarily in large commercial transport aircraft (those with mtow of more than 75,000 pounds). The NPRM is one of several rulemaking actions that are part of the FAA’s aging-aircraft program.