“Direct observation” of aviation employees during drug and alcohol tests applies only to individuals who are returning to duty after a previous positive test, or if there is reasonable suspicion. The tests apply to only Part 121 and 135 operations, although some Part 91 operators follow the regulations, according to Dr. Quay Snyder, president and CEO of Virtual Flight Surgeons, Aurora, Colo.
The FAA determined that the minimum percentage rate for substance abuse testing this year will remain at 25 percent of covered aviation employees for random drug testing and 10 percent for random alcohol testing. Data received in the last two years indicates that the positive rate for drug testing is less than 1 percent and the positive rate for alcohol testing has been less than 0.5 percent.
The Flight Safety Foundation Corporate Aviation Committee held a workshop in October about instituting a pilot-friendly drug- and alcohol-abatement program in corporate flight departments. According to Dr.
The FAA on Tuesday issued a final rule amending Part 121 regulations governing drug and alcohol testing to clarify that “each person who performs a safety-sensitive function for a regulated employer by contract, including by subcontract at any tier, is subject to testing.” These amendments are necessary, the FAA said, because guidance has been conflicting for more than a decade “about which contractors were subject to drug and alcohol testing
The FAA is scheduled tomorrow to issue a notice that compliance with revised drug and alcohol testing requirements for air carriers has been delayed to October 10. The final rule, with an original compliance date of April 10, aims to clarify conflicting guidance issued in the 1990s by making it clear that “safety-sensitive functions performed by persons under subcontract at any tier” are subject to testing.
The FAA recently amended Part 121 regulations governing drug and alcohol testing to clarify that “each person who performs a safety-sensitive function for a regulated employer by contract, including by subcontract at any tier, is subject to testing.” Guidance has been conflicting for more than a decade about which contractors were subject to drug and alcohol testing.