In the wake of the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February, how are safety programs and pilot hiring, training and testing practices being improved?
NBAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) late last week sent a joint letter to the TSA urging the agency to establish a rulemaking committee to address questions and concerns raised by industry and government about the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
The TSA’s general aviation security rulemaking proposal, which would force nearly 10,000 operators of GA aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds (mtow) to create an agency-approved security plan, “is a very significant rulemaking, with the potential to have a very large impact on business aviation,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told AIN.
In a letter sent on Wednesday to FAA Flight Standards Service director James Ballough, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) conveyed its concerns about the progress of the Part 91K/125/135 takeoff and landing performance assessment aviation rulemaking committee (ARC).
The FAA has withdrawn several previously published rulemaking proposals because the planned actions have been overcome by events, are no longer relevant or will be addressed in future rulemaking. Withdrawn proposals include a 1988 notice calling for improved water-survival equipment and a 1990 proposal to amend Part 77 (the rules covering the construction of objects affecting navigable airspace).
The public comment period on a proposed rewrite of FAR Parts 125 and 135 has been reopened until November 13, at the request of the aviation rulemaking committee reviewing the proposal. The regulatory review was prompted by myriad changes in the industry since Part 135 was originally written in the mid-1960s, including the growing use of bizliners such as the BBJ.
The FAA is again asking for public comments on its review of FAR Parts 135 and 125, which started last month in Washington, D.C. An aviation rulemaking committee made up of industry representatives met over three days to address about 130 issues.
The DOT is proposing to eliminate many of the drug-related questions required to be answered by employers on the annual management information system (MIS) forms. If the proposal is adopted, 14 question areas will be dropped from the MIS form. Elimination of the data will reduce the MIS form to a single page and standardize the information collected across DOT agencies, including the FAA.
Implementation of amendments adopted in September 2000 revising the service difficulty reporting (SDR) rules have again been delayed. After several previous implementation delays, the new rules had been rescheduled to go into effect on January 16. But the FAA is delaying the effective date of the rules one year to Jan. 16, 2004.
Despite internal FAA reforms in 1998 designed to speed rulemaking, the median times that the agency took to complete both the proposed rule phase and the final rule phase increased in the three-year period after the reforms were instituted, even though it published fewer rules then it did during the three years before the reforms.