Rich Gage has stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) with the expiration of his eight-year contract on August 25. Sam Barone has taken over the position.
When the FAA called in March for public comment on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on ADS-B equipage, it was with the understanding that there was wide user community acceptance of the system as the vital stepping stone to modernizing the National Airspace System. Everyone appeared to agree that ADS-B would be an essential element in the agency’s NextGen project.
In a letter sent on Wednesday to FAA Flight Standards Service director James Ballough, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) conveyed its concerns about the progress of the Part 91K/125/135 takeoff and landing performance assessment aviation rulemaking committee (ARC).
The FAA has withdrawn several previously published rulemaking proposals because the planned actions have been overcome by events, are no longer relevant or will be addressed in future rulemaking. Withdrawn proposals include a 1988 notice calling for improved water-survival equipment and a 1990 proposal to amend Part 77 (the rules covering the construction of objects affecting navigable airspace).
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.
The public comment period on a proposed rewrite of FAR Parts 125 and 135 has been reopened until November 13, at the request of the aviation rulemaking committee reviewing the proposal. The regulatory review was prompted by myriad changes in the industry since Part 135 was originally written in the mid-1960s, including the growing use of bizliners such as the BBJ.
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.
Watch for the FAA this month, at long last, to publish revisions to Part 91, including the new Subpart K for regulating fractional operations. The rulemaking, an NPRM since early 2001, is also expected to contain changes to Part 135 that aim to level the playing field between fractional and air-taxi operations.
The FAA last month issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FAA-2007-29281) to remove wording in Parts 91, 125 and 135 that currently allows pilots to take off with frost on wings, stabilizers and flight controls “if the frost has been polished to make it smooth.” The polished frost rules are found in 14 CFR 91.527(a), 125.221(a) and 135.227(a).
“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.