The FAA has issued clarifying bulletins, set up a team of specialists that can be contacted 24/7 and is considering amending its controversial rule upgrading flammability standards for thermal and acoustic fuselage insulation. The rule, which became effective September 2, poses a "serious threat to the continued operation of Part 25 [certified] aircraft," according to trade groups.
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With one congressman calling it “dead on arrival,” the FAA yesterday released its new proposal for financing the agency over the next 10 years, a plan that would more than triple general aviation fuel taxes, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 70 cents per gallon, and create a mishmash of new and/or higher fees for such things as pilot licensing, aircraft certifications and other services.
A public survey by the DOT and Homeland Security drew more than 900 responses about whether Loran should be kept operational or shut down.
The FAA has withdrawn its decade-old proposal to rescind its requirement for Mode-S transponders and, consequently, plans to end the hundreds of Mode-S installation exemptions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.
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.