The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued an interim order that pushes back a new FAA drug and alcohol testing rule compliance date 10 days, to October 20. The court will use the extension to take a closer look at a filing from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) that asks for the compliance date to be moved to July 10, 2007.
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While the debate continues over how best to fund the next-generation air transportation system, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is of the opinion that “given the diverse nature of the FAA’s activities, a combination of alternative [funding] options may offer the most promise for linking revenues and costs.” In a study released last week, the GAO stated that among the alternatives that the FAA should consider are “user fees.” The GAO
Testifying last week before the Senate commerce aviation subcommittee, FAA and general aviation officials downplayed the extent to which the introduction of very light jets (VLJs) will challenge ATC services. Jack Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna, said VLJs will not “darken the skies,” as many have predicted, place an undue burden on ATC or increase congestion at major airports.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey yesterday established a forum of airline, labor and medical experts to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new International Civil Aviation Organization standard effective November 23 that will allow one of the two pilots in the flight deck to be over age 60, but not over 65. The forum will also determine what actions would be necessary if the FAA were to change its rule.
On Thursday, the FAA plans to release a proposed special FAR (SFAR) mandating recurrent training for all Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will have a short 30-day comment window.
On November 23 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will adopt an amendment to increase the age limit for airline pilots to 65, provided another crewmember pilot is younger than 60. On September 27 the FAA established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on the Age 60 issue. Its principal task is to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new ICAO standard.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen joined several aviation leaders on Tuesday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., to show a united front against aviation user fees.
Golfing legend Arnold Palmer took a shot at the airlines’ proposal to institute a user fee system to fund the nation’s air traffic system during the convention’s opening general session Tuesday morning, calling any such scheme potentially “devastating” to the industry. “I just flew back from Ireland and flew over a corner of Canada, and in about a month I’ll get a bill for it,” said Palmer.
The Internet is yielding important safety benefits for aviation, making critical information available to many more aviation participants and helping regulatory authorities disseminate safety material. The FAA has taken advantage of the Web and offers a mass of information online.
After promising that a new system for funding the FAA would be announced by late last spring, the White House admitted this summer that internal disagreements within the Bush Administration had pushed the project to a back burner.