U.S. congressional leaders agreed August 4 to a temporary funding extension of the FAA, ending a two-week standoff that forced the agency to furlough 4,000 employees and stop work on 219 airport construction projects employing some 70,000 workers.
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 FAA withdrew an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), released in July 2009, that solicited public comment on potential rules requiring a safety management system (SMS) for Part 21, 119, 121, 125, 135, 141, 142, and 145 certificate holders, product manufacturers, applicants and employers. This comment period closed on Oct. 21, 2009.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has sided with the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) against the FAA as reported last week.
The latest development in a long-running battle between the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) and the FAA over the agency’s 2006 Drug and Alcohol Testing rules is a writ of mandamus.
In comments submitted to the FAA regarding the proposed flight-duty and rest requirements for Part 121 operators, both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) question the agency’s apparent intent to apply these requirements for Part 121 operations to Part 135 charter operations. The alphabet groups warned that a “one size fits all” regulatory approach to pilot fatigue rules for Part 121 and 135 will simply not work.
While the FAA has filed a “difference” explaining that it does not have a formal safety management system (SMS) rule for aircraft operators, despite the ICAO November 18 deadline that is now passed, it is in the process of SMS rulemaking.
The FAA has assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) the new task of reviewing and submitting recommendations in response to the agency’s intent to “update, reorganize and improve the level of safety of requirements for flammability of materials.” Because the task could result in “a significant change” to the type certification requirements, the FAA is “interested in obtaining international harmonization.” To this end,
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) plans to sell its two Sikorsky S-76s, on the grounds that it cannot justify their annual operating cost of $3.7 million.
The decision was prompted by expectations of a $39 million budget shortfall this year. “Our revenues have been down, as have thos e of other agencies,” said a Port Authority spokesman.
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.