The FAA is requesting public comments on the usefulness of airport advisory services now available part- or full-time at 20 airports in the continental U.S. In the notice, the agency does not give a reason why it’s asking for comments, but it could be collecting data to help decide whether the cost of continuing the service is justified.
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Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) in a letter last Thursday asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2.
The FAA today issued a "proposed order" to keep in effect through at least September of next year the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport, including the slot reservation program, that is now scheduled to expire on January 1.
A series of articles in the Miami Herald that took a look at the safety of air-cargo operations has exposed what the articles’ author seems to view as the ugly underbelly of commercial aviation. To hear the paper tell it, the air-cargo industry is a business rife with lawbreaking operators, pilots pushed to fly while dangerously fatigued and old airplanes that barely hold together.
The FAA took another step in its efforts to promote a “cultural change” to improve aviation safety–replacing the Aviation Safety Program (ASP) with the new FAA Safety Team or FAASTeam. The ASP addressed so-called “easy-to-fix accident causes,” according to the FAA.
The FAA is not formally investigating a ramp accident that took place September 20 at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, during which an unattended Falcon 900EX rolled through the airport fence and onto Tropicana Avenue.
Following a review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the Aerospace Industry, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said it agrees with the GAO that challenges remain in addressing the recommendations.
Three of the major players in the very light jet (VLJ) arena appeared before the Senate aviation subcommittee to address concerns that the new breed of aircraft will present insuperable challenges for the ATC system. Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton; Eclipse Aviation president Vern Raburn; and DayJet founder Ed Iacobucci took their case to Capitol Hill. Joining them were two top FAA officials and an aviation consultant.
The FAA rejected an apparent request to close Bakersfield Municipal Airport (L45) sent by the mayor of Bakersfield, Calif., on January 5. The mayor’s letter asked the FAA to waive all deed and grant assurance obligations and indicated that the city wished to sell the land to developers to use for non-aeronautical purposes. Through 2004, federal funding of the airport totaled more than $10 million, including $2 million used to buy the airport.
The FAA awarded Bombardier (Booth No. 3097) its 2005 Diamond Certificate of Excellence at a ceremony here at the convention on Sunday, signifying the commitment of the company and its technicians to ongoing training and education.