Administrative law

February 4, 2013 - 1:55am

Changes and amendments to FAA Operations Specifications (OpSpecs) often serve as a proxy for agency rulemaking or regulation, thus bypassing prescribed channels, according to a government-industry rulemaking committee.

The Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation (CRI) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) found that the proliferation of OpSpecs creates inconsistent application and confusion among operators. To address this confusion, the committee recommended that the FAA periodically review the reasons for each OpSpecs paragraph.

January 9, 2013 - 1:25pm

In what the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) is calling a major victory for the aviation industry, the FAA withdrew its “faulty legal interpretation” of maintenance duty time limitations prescribed in FAR 121.377. Specifically, the agency reversed course on its May 18, 2010 legal interpretation meant to clarify the application of the rest provisions and equivalency standards under the regulation.

January 4, 2013 - 4:25am

At the request of Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general’s (IG) office has launched an audit into FAA efforts to improve the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in 2009–but never a final rule–to address HEMS safety concerns and the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires that the FAA take specific actions to improve HEMS safety, including promotion of the use of night-vision goggles.

January 2, 2013 - 4:05pm

Jet Support Services (JSSI) announced Neil Book has been named president and CEO, and Louis Seno will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors. Robert Book will act as chairman of the board and industry veteran Bryan Moss and Joe DaGrosa will both serve as vice chairmen of the board. Susan Marr continues as a member of the board, general counsel and chief administrative officer of JSSI, as well as chief executive officer of Aviation Insurance, an affiliate of JSSI.

December 12, 2012 - 9:29am

The FAA has determined that its December 2011 rulemaking on pilot flight duty and rest requirements for Part 121 passenger carriers was correct in excluding all-cargo operators from the stricter rules.  

December 4, 2012 - 3:55pm

A government-industry aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) that addressed inconsistency in regulatory interpretations issued its final report to the FAA on Friday. It concludes that the agency’s Flight Standards Service (AFS) and Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) offices should review all guidance documents and interpretations to identify and cancel outdated material, and cross-reference material to the applicable rule.

December 3, 2012 - 1:24pm

The public is invited to the FAA’s aviation rulemaking advisory committee meeting on December 6 beginning at 1 p.m. at the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. The meeting’s agenda includes recommendations from working groups such as those covering rulemaking prioritization, airmen testing standards and training, flight controls harmonization and airworthiness assurance. More information is available from the FAA’s Renee Butner at (202) 267-5093, or via e-mail at Renee.Butner@faa.gov.

November 28, 2012 - 2:25pm

Last week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) submitted its comments on the FAA’s rewrite of the federal regulation governing repair stations, urging the FAA to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that incorporates the substantive comments made by the association and other interested parties that will help the agency more ably meet industry needs and maintain the highest standards of safety

November 1, 2012 - 2:20am

The FAA is making progress implementing safety management systems (SMS) both within the agency and for the aviation industry as a whole, but the effort is likely to take many years to complete, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

October 24, 2012 - 11:55am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is asking repair station operators to participate in a survey about the impact that complying with the FAA’s Part 145 repair station NPRM will have on their business.

 
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