Comments submitted to the docket in response to the FAA’s proposal for new icing certification regulations range from self-serving promotion of new inventions to carefully considered suggestions about how to improve icing safety after decades of study and hundreds of fatalities.
Notice of proposed rulemaking
Doug Larson, a graduate researcher at the University of Minnesota, is conducting a survey of maintenance technicians “to look at the experience and education of aviation maintenance instructors and see what it tells us about the job of educating maintenance technicians.” He is asking all aircraft maintenance instructors to take a 15-minute anonymous online survey
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is “deeply concerned” that language the FAA uses in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 121 airline hour-of-service (fatigue) regulations mischaracterizes Part 135 operations.
Public comments about the FAA’s proposed mandatory helicopter routing over New York’s Long Island are overwhelmingly negative, according to the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC). Before the comment period closed on June 25, the FAA received 690 comments, 86 percent of which opposed the proposed rule.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that could provide a somewhat simpler means for non-U.S. charter operators to make trips to the U.S.
The FAA’s final rule on ADS-B equipage, published last week, appears to offer little change from the agency’s October 2007 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that was met by almost total industry opposition. The primary concern continues to be the questionable benefits to operators of ADS-B Out equipment compared with its purchase, installation and certification costs.
Yesterday the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would mandate that all helicopters transiting the Long Island area of New York VFR use the North Shore Route. A voluntary overwater route was created in 2008 to address area resident noise complaints. The new rule would require civil helicopters flying along Long Island’s northern shoreline to follow this overwater route between waypoint VPLYD and Orient Point.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication version of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANRPM) on lead in avgas. The ANPRM signals the agency’s intent to investigate lead emissions from general aviation aircraft further under the regulatory processes of the Clean Air Act. This ANPRM is a first step in a process that might lead eventually to regulations concerning the use of lead as an additive in avgas.
The Transportation Security Administration has completed the revision of the large aircraft security program (LASP) and the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking is set to begin its circuit to the Department of Homeland Security and Office of Management and Budget for review, according to the agency.