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 equipment
The NBAA Safety Committee met last month at the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss the creation of training standards and operations guidelines for the emerging very light jet segment.
A largely abandoned manufacturing facility adjacent to the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va., could become an FBO complex aimed at business/corporate aviation if two area businessmen have their way.
In a special airworthiness information bulletin published on February 13, the FAA advised owners and operators of PC-12s to incorporate operational limitations that the Swiss civil aviation authority issued earlier this year as an emergency AD.
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