FAR Part 91 Subpart K, which will regulate fractional-ownership operations, has finally moved out of Transportation Department final review and on to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final scrutiny.
Smaller regional airlines will be required to provide substantially more air traffic activity statistics to the DOT, if a notice of proposed rulemaking is adopted. Existing rules exempt carriers operating only airplanes of fewer than 60 seats from the current detailed reporting requirements.
In the first few days after the new FAR on fractional ownership hit the street last month, the aviation community was reacting with tempered optimism. While many praised the cooperative effort between the FAA and the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee (FOARC) in creating the long-awaited final rule, they also reserved substantive comment until they had further time to analyze the result.
RAA director of technical affairs Dave Lotterer knows perhaps as well as anyone that good intentions at the FAA don’t necessarily translate into sound action. So when the agency pledged to pursue more vigorously a “performance-based” approach to safety oversight, Lotterer met the promise of a simpler, more straightforward code of regulations with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Judging from testimony at a hearing on the FAA’s new air-tour proposals, FAR Part 136 might be a solution in search of a problem. Speaker after speaker told the FAA that the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) should be withdrawn, scrapped or, at the very least, rewritten.
The FAA extended to November 16 the comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to regulate fractional aircraft ownership operations. Just before the original comment period was about to close on October 16, NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association requested a 30-day extension.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing rules governing inbound international flights of business jets. At a forum at NBAA’07 yesterday, Rob Rottman, deputy director, transportation and infrastructure in the DHS Office of Policy Development, briefed attendees on the agency’s advance passenger information system (APIS) proposal and requested NBAA members provide comment.
Aviation alphabet groups are busy deciphering the legal jargon in the 55-page notice of proposed rulemaking issued Tuesday that will require private aircraft operators to submit passenger manifest data before any arrival in or departure from the U.S.
The FAA last month released a final rule governing certification of transport-category (Part 25) airplanes for operation in icing conditions. The new rule, which takes effect October 9, effectively added new material to Part 25, Appendix C, the section that details the so-called icing envelope.
The FAA unveiled a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last month that addresses airworthiness standards related to cabin interiors for transport-category airplanes in private-use passenger operations. Type certification requirements have historically been separate from and independent of operational standards.