Public administration

September 2, 2008 - 7:42am

With Congress out of town on vacation, FAA reauthorization and the question of user fees remained in limbo.

The FAA has been operating on funding and rogram extensions since Sept. 30, 2007, even though the House passed its version of FAA reauthorization last September 30. A Senate version has never been approved.

August 6, 2008 - 5:40am

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has voiced its opposition to the European Joint Aviation Authorities’ (JAA) proposal to require all European corporate aviation operators to register with their country’s aviation authority.

July 28, 2008 - 10:37am

The FAA is again asking for public comments on its review of FAR Parts 135 and 125, which started last month in Washington, D.C. An aviation rulemaking committee made up of industry representatives met over three days to address about 130 issues.

May 19, 2008 - 10:29am

A voice-capable, three-frequency ELT made by the UK’s HT Smith Group is now being marketed in North America by Winslow Life Raft of Lake Suzy, Fla. The 1.3-lb ELT has two-way voice transmission capability on 121 MHz and 243 MHz. The $2,975 unit also sends distress signals on 406 MHz.

May 19, 2008 - 9:31am

A last-ditch campaign to have the FAA modify its final rule revising FAR Part 145 appears to have paid off for several aviation maintenance trade associations. The Office of Management and Budget, the last stop in the bureaucratic review process, returned the rule to the FAA for reconsideration on July 20.

May 19, 2008 - 7:24am

“The law isn’t justice. It’s a very imperfect mechanism,” Sewell Endicott says in Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. “If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.” This statement certainly applies to FAA enforcement cases, especially for Part 145 repair shops.

April 23, 2008 - 7:23am

The FAA now expects to publish the final rule on FAR Part 91 Subpart K by the end of this year, with implementation to follow in late 2003. The subpart will regulate fractional ownership operations and make some modifications to Part 135.

February 24, 2008 - 3:31pm

Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) said it has written a series of standards for on-site safety audits that are specific to helicopter operators. The ARG/US series begins with requirements that are common to virtually all types of operation and

January 17, 2008 - 12:01pm

Almost two years after FAR Part 91 Subpart K was issued as a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), a final rule on regulation of aircraft fractional-ownership operations remains in bureaucratic limbo in the “executive coordination process.”

January 11, 2008 - 10:36am

The structure of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will undergo a major overhaul as Minister for Transport and Regional Development John Anderson, who reports to the Parliament for its administration, responds to constant pressure from the aviation industry to improve the agency. However, the Australian industry is waiting to be convinced the new CASA structure will make it more efficient and accountable.