The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “is one step closer to issuing security regulations for repair stations,” according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (Marpa). The TSA has submitted a draft of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, Marpa noted. The rulemaking is five years later than the Aug.
Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pa.) has introduced a bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to negotiate with general aviation interests before promulgating security rules such as the controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
FAA scrutiny of on-demand Part 135 charter operators may increase following a report issued July 13 by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (IG). This report is the first of two parts and focused on evaluating “the differences between FAA regulation and oversight for on-demand operators and larger, commercial air carriers.”
Under a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010 that was passed by the House last week, lawmakers lauded the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for working with general aviation stakeholders to develop a modified Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) rule that “minimizes adverse affects on general aviation while addressing security concerns.” H.R.2892 urges the TSA to “weigh all the costs and benefit
Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), is cautiously optimistic about the FAA’s recent withdrawal of a notice of proposed rule making (Docket No. FAA-2006-26408) aimed at FAA Part 145 Repair Stations.
In February, the FAA chartered a safety management system (SMS) aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to seek industry input on new rules that will govern SMSs for operators and repair stations.
A DOT Office of Inspector General audit found that while the FAA is investing billions of dollars in new technology, it hasn’t kept up with facilities needed for ATC activities. According to the audit, “The FAA is encountering maintenance problems at several facilities due to its previous, decentralized approach to facility maintenance and its lack of a structured process for funding recurring maintenance.”
The first of the Transportation Security Administration’s series of town hall meetings, held today at New York’s Westchester County Airport, drew an overflow crowd of approximately 250 business aircraft operators and other interested parties eager to speak their minds about the agency’s initial Large Aircraft Security Program.
Jane Garvey, the first female FAA Administrator and the first agency boss to serve a full congressionally mandated five-year term, is joining the six-member transition team advising President-elect Barack Obama on transportation issues. After her tenure as FAA Administrator ended, she joined the Washington lobby firm APCO Worldwide, where she became executive vice president of its transportation practice.
The TSA today released a notice of proposed rulemaking for its Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which would require all U.S. operators of aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds mtow to implement security programs that would be subject to compliance audits.