The FAA has withdrawn its decade-old proposal to rescind its requirement for Mode-S transponders and, consequently, plans to end the hundreds of Mode-S installation exemptions currently in effect. Beginning March 1, 2007, the FAA has proposed that it will no longer allow exempted Part 121 and 135 operators to fly without a Mode-S transponder.
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Effective November 14, the FAA will implement its organization delegation authorization (ODA) program that will replace the current designee program. The new ODA program, proposed in January 2004, expands the functions that designees may perform, permits non-FAA-certified individuals and organizations to become designees and does away with the existing designee categories.
The FAA on Friday published an order extending through April 1, 2006, a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. The current limitations were previously scheduled to end on October 29, and the agency is seeking to extend the program through April 2008.
Business aviation groups welcomed a letter from the FAA assistant administrator for aviation policy to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service asking him to suspend implementation of new fuel tax rules that would impose a “significant administrative burden” on general aviation businesses and “create financial risk for the Airport and Airways Trust Fund.” The new rules would raise the tax rate on jet fuel to that of costlier highway di
Part 135 operators and charter management entities will be affected by a proposed policy guidance involving wet leases.
Thanks primarily to a campaign by AOPA, the FAA has received more than 16,000 comments, the vast majority mostly negative, to the agency's proposal to make permanent the temporary flight restrictions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Comments on the proposal are due tomorrow. The restrictions and the current air defense identification zone (ADIZ) would be known as the National Defense Airspace, if the FAA has its way.
The FAA plans to evaluate a new and less restrictive special traffic management program (STMP) this year to manage operations at Colorado ski-country airports, including Aspen-Pitkin, Eagle-Vail, Montrose, Garfield-Rifle and Telluride.
Guy Minor, aviation safety program manager with the FAA’s Oakland Flight Standards District Office, presented Apex Aviation the 2004 Certificate of Excellence for “actively participating in the FAA Aviation Technician Training Program.” This Diamond Award marks the third consecutive year the FAA has honored Apex.
The FAA has bestowed its highest award, the Diamond Award for Maintenance Excellence, on Raytheon Aircraft Services Indianapolis. The Diamond Award is the FAA’s highest honor for training and recognizes professional technicians and their employer. A facility must have at least 25 percent of its employees participating in the FAA’s maintenance technician program.
The Bush Administration is requesting $14.1 billion to run the FAA in Fiscal Year 2008 (beginning October 1), with general aviation–and in particular business aviation–continuing to pay fuel taxes as opposed to user fees as its share of operating the agency. “General aviation feels it is administratively much simpler paying at the pump,” FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said yesterday when the FY2008 budget was unveiled.