FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, TSA Administrator John Pistole, Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue joined NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen for the official welcoming ceremonies of the 2010 NBAA Convention Tuesday morning.
The FAA will for the first time integrate voluntary safety information collected from pilots under the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and from air traffic controllers under the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP), the agency announced yesterday. United Airlines and its pilots have signed the first agreement to participate in a demonstration program.
The FAA today proposed new pilot duty-time limitations and rest requirements for Part 121 carriers that stand to profoundly alter scheduling practices and hiring needs across the U.S. airline industry.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has a message to aircraft operators that believe they should be exempt from implementing a safety management system (SMS). “I’m confident that SMS will really make a difference [in reducing aviation accidents]. I know there are those who complain that they’re too small for SMS. Or that it’s too costly. Or that they don’t have time,” he said. “No one and no company is too small for SMS.
The FAA seems to have been extraordinarily busy of late finding incidents of non-compliance with regulations. The result is what seems to be a high number of civil penalties assessed against operators, from airlines to tiny flight schools, for infractions ranging from non-compliance with Airworthiness Directives to flying
In AIN’s upcoming June issue, we raise the question of whether new FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt is cracking down extra hard on the aviation industry. The question came up because the FAA seems to have publicized a growing number of enforcement cases against airlines and general aviation operators since Babbitt came onboard last June.
The FAA has backed away from placing restrictions on non-citizen owner trust registrations of aircraft, according to NBAA and NATA. The FAA on April 30 stopped issuing new aircraft registrations in cases where the registration was to be held by an owner trust with a non-U.S. citizen as the trust beneficiary, citing safety concerns.
The passage of time might not have dimmed the painful memory of the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, but it has at least given delegates to this year’s RAA Convention some perspective on the legacy the disaster seems sure to leave on the industry’s regulatory environment. The accident has led to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt’s “Call to Action,” under which U.S.
While directed at the airlines, the FAA’s call yesterday for operators to create and enforce policies that will limit distractions in the cockpit and keep pilots focused on transporting passengers safely also applies to the business aviation world. “There is no room for distraction when your job is to get people safely to their destinations,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.
Safety was the primary topic of discussion at the 21st annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) Conference, held at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla., from February 25 to 27. The three-day conference brings together members from all over the world to share ideas and to network.