As the industry digests the more than 100 changes the FAA has proposed to Part 61, some trade associations are taking positions on the more substantial changes. The National Air Transportation Association and AOPA oppose the proposed additional tasks required to remain instrument current. However, the associations feel that many of the proposed changes are positive. To date more than 50 comments have been submitted.
Today is the deadline for comments on a DOT advance notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking input on a 2006 NTSB recommendation calling for air taxis to be required to disclose to customers operational control information, including the name of any brokers involved. The recommendation stems from the Safety Board’s investigation into the crash of a Challenger at Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004.
Interested parties are getting more time to comment on the FAA’s controversial proposal to require all air-tour operators to be certified under Part 135 or 121, with an extension of the comment period from April 19 to June 18.
The comment window has been reopened until March 11 on the FAA’s proposal to revise the technical and operational requirements for simulators and flight-training devices, as well as consolidate them under one new rule. The proposal was published in September 2002 and the original comment period closed February 24 last year.
Under new FAA anti-drug and alcohol-misuse regulations, repair stations are responsible only for their own compliance, and not the compliance of their contractors, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) determined.
The FAA has revised FAR Part 91.321 to clarify that private aircraft operators can transport candidates on campaign travel for state and local elective offices and accept payment for the flight in accordance with state and local election laws. The new rule will take effect on March 2.
After a decades-long battle, the FAA capitulated to the court of international opinion in late January, announcing that it will propose a new rule to permit Part 121 pilots over age 60 to fly as part of a two-pilot crew when the other crewmember is under age 60.
The FAA amended the regulations for the Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal period. The previous renewal period was one year; the rulemaking changes that to two years, effective March 7. According to the FAA, changing the renewal period reduces administrative costs by 50 percent for both the agency and the mechanic.
The FAA announced today a 45-day extension to the comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for repair stations that would revise the system of ratings and require Part 145-certified repair stations to establish a quality assurance program.
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