Awash with negative comments regarding its proposed air carrier contract maintenance requirements rules, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has extended the original February 11 comment period to March 13. The proposed rule would change the maintenance regulations for domestic, flag and supplemental operations, and commuter and on-demand operations for aircraft type certified with 10 or more passenger seats (excluding any pilot seat).
Notice of proposed rulemaking
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing the manufacture, sale and use of emergency locator transmitters that broadcast solely on 121.5 MHz. Comments on the NPRM are due 30 days from publication in the Federal Register, according to the National Air Transportation Association. Publication is expected next week.
At the request of Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general’s (IG) office has launched an audit into FAA efforts to improve the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in 2009–but never a final rule–to address HEMS safety concerns and the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires that the FAA take specific actions to improve HEMS safety, including promotion of the use of night-vision goggles.
The FAA has issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive for Cessna 525 Citations equipped with certain part number air conditioning compressor motors. The NPRM proposed to require inspection of the number of hours on the A/C compressor hour meter, inspection of the logbook and replacement of the brushes on specified compressor motors or deactivation of the A/C system until replacement of the brushes.
Last week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) submitted its comments on the FAA’s rewrite of the federal regulation governing repair stations, urging the FAA to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that incorporates the substantive comments made by the association and other interested parties that will help the agency more ably meet industry needs and maintain the highest standards of safety
The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise FAR Part 145 repair station certification and regulation has incurred the wrath of industry. In the more than 300 responses, a number that increases daily as the November 19 cutoff date approaches, it is difficult to find anyone supporting it though there are a few.
Change can be good, but in the case of the current FAA notice of proposed rulemaking NPRM) regarding FAR Part 145, Aircraft Electronics Association president Paula Derks cautions NBAA’12 attendees to watch out. “This proposal makes wholesale changes to the avionics industry with damaging and costly repercussions,” she said.
The Air Charter Association of North America hosted an open forum yesterday at the NBAA Convention on the U.S. DOT’s impending notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) aimed at air charter brokers. The DOT has been developing the regulations to ensure transparency for air charter customers, but has delayed release of the NPRM. At the Acana forum, a panel of air charter experts provided an overview of what is and isn’t known about the rules that will be proposed.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is asking repair station operators to participate in a survey about the impact that complying with the FAA’s Part 145 repair station NPRM will have on their business.