“The FAA has temporarily suspended its policy of expunging certain records of legal enforcement actions against individuals to ensure compliance with recent amendments to the Pilot Records Improvement Act [PRIA],” the agency said late last week in a policy statement.
John and Martha King got the surprise of their lives on the evening of August 28, when they landed in a Cessna 172 (N50545) at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport after some instrument currency practice. The Kings are well known to the aviation industry, not only as the founders and the faces of King Schools, which has helped train thousands of pilots, but also as tireless advocates of general aviation safety and education.
The FAA yesterday issued its final ruling mandating the re-registration of all U.S. civil aircraft. In an effort to clear clutter from the aircraft registry and provide more up-to-date information to law enforcement and other agencies, the FAA will require owners to begin re-registering their aircraft in a rolling program that will begin November 1 and end in December 2013.
The final ruling in the FAA’s plan to require the re-registration of all U.S.-registered aircraft is expected within the next few weeks, pending the signature of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, after the Office of Management and Budget last week approved the NPRM, which was issued in 2008.
The Department of Homeland Security is creating a new visa category, M, to replace the J-1 visa, which allows foreign flight school students to train in the U.S. but is set to expire in June 2010. The new visa will be administered by the DHS instead of the State Department, which issues J-1 visas, and all applicants will be subject to TSA criminal background checks.
An Internet aircraft-registration system is now online for operators based in Minnesota. According to the state’s transportation department, registering online reduces turnaround time from two weeks (by mail) to approximately two days. Once operators have registered, they can download a temporary receipt to show they have paid until the official aircraft decal arrives in the mail.
Airport and aircraft operators that are required to have security programs under Parts 107 and 108, respectively, must now include fingerprint-based criminal history records checks for prospective and current employees who have or will have access authority to aircraft boarding, movement and service areas. The FAA says fingerprinting is being required because previous employment investigations are not adequate.
In the year since it was created on May 1, 2007, the Isle of Man aircraft registry has established itself as a popular offshore registry for business jet owners. Just over 50 aircraft have taken the Isle of Man’s M-tail numbers, more than four times the number targeted by the British Crown Dependency’s government.
Yes, there is a bill, signed into law by President Clinton in October 2000, that would allow business aircraft operators to enjoy the same visa-waiver convenience afforded certain scheduled airline operators. It would, that is, if the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) had gotten around to integrating the new law into its own regulations.
A new U.S. anti-terrorism rule that would have required computer-coded passports for certain foreign nationals entering the U.S. has been put on hold for 12 months. The regulation, to have taken effect on October 1, applies to 27 U.S. trading partner countries whose citizens are not currently required to have a visa to enter the U.S.
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