Get ready for some serious angst. The FAA reauthorization just passed by the U.S. House and Senate includes specific direction to the FAA regarding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Elements of the legislation include a Sept.
Notice of proposed rulemaking
The U.S. aviation industry won’t be getting a final rule on the aircraft repair station security issue until the fourth quarter of this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced. The issue dates back to a 2004 public meeting held by the TSA in response to the Vision 100 Century of Aviation Act passed by Congress in 2003.
The DHS made the announcement after 20 industry leaders sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the rule, which has been under consideration for eight years, be finalized before the end of last year.
The FAA delivered some good news in a proposed rule change that will free operators from the burden of needing mechanics to update onboard navigation databases. Under the current rules, nav data updating is classified as preventive maintenance. While pilots operating under Part 91 are permitted to update nav databases (and perform any kind of preventive maintenance), the FAA does not allow Part 135 pilots the same latitude.
A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued yesterday by the FAA would allow pilots of aircraft operated under Parts 121, 125, 129, 133, 135 and 137 to update navigation and terrain awareness databases of their aircraft instead of having the task done by certified mechanics or repair stations.
An FAA NPRM for the Challenger 300 horizontal stabilizer trim actuator states the No Back and the Number 1 motor brake assembly can both fail dormant. “…failure of the [system] along with ad
Opposing comments filed by the Airports Council International-North America in response to the FAA’s proposed rule calling for the adoption of safety management systems for certified airports call for the agency to delay implementing the rule, citing “serious analytical, procedural and technical concerns” of the organization and its members.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has formally responded to the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would create a requirement for all commercially served airports as well as some serving large on-demand charter aircraft to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS).
The Regional Airline Association has scheduled Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the exhibit hall Tuesday afternoon at the Nashville Convention Center, site of this year’s annual RAA convention.
At press time, the FAA had received nearly 700 comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to dramatically curtail the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. The comment period officially ended on April 4, but comments continue to be accepted on the public docket.
Early last month, the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to dramatically curtail the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. In short, BARR allows general aviation aircraft owners to opt out of having their flight information publicly available at flight tracking providers such as FlightAware.