The National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit in late January asking a federal court to order the Federal Service Impasses Panel to resolve a bargaining issue between NATCA and the FAA that affects employees at 11 facilities.
After selling 101 regional and corporate jets last year (44 short of its initial projection and later revised downward), Embraer forecasts an upturn in sales over the next two years. The Brazilian airframer predicts it will sell 160 aircraft this year and 170 next year.
Recent guidance from the FAA advises pilots that beginning next January 20, when RVSM is scheduled to be implemented in the U.S., ATC will start using the flight-plan equipment block information to issue or deny clearance into RVSM airspace.
Nearly three months after being directed by Congress to develop a plan for giving pilots and mechanics a “third party” review process if they lose their FAA certificates for alleged security reasons, the Transportation Security Administration has yet to propose such a plan.
March 15 is the deadline for comments on the FAA’s proposal to establish regulations governing commercial flights by multi-engine airplanes that go beyond certain distances from an adequate airport (extended operations, or ETOPS).
At about the same time Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta was announcing plans for a “next-generation air transportation system” to the Washington Aero Club in late January, word was filtering out of the White House that the Bush Administration wanted to cut the FAA’s facilities and equipmen
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