The NTSB yesterday began to release all accident investigation public dockets to its public Web site in accordance with the NTSB Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement plan. According to the Safety Board, this effort further brings the agency into compliance with legislative and executive mandates aimed at improving the U.S. government’s use of electronic media to foster a more open and transparent government.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted unanimously yesterday to recommend that the full Senate confirm former Air Line Pilots Association president Randy Babbitt as the next FAA Administrator for a five-year term. A final vote is expected before Congress departs for the Memorial Day holiday tomorrow.
A provision that would establish a general aviation working group to advise the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on GA security issues is contained in the TSA Authorization Act expected to pass the House of Representatives before it adjourns tomorrow. The working group will look at security issues for general aviation facilities, including GA aircraft and helicopter operations at general aviation and commercial service airports.
Section 303 of the FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R.915), which comes up for a vote this week in the House, would require inspection of all foreign Part 145 certificate holders by FAA personnel.
A Transportation Security Administration directive mandating badging at airports serving commercial air carriers is scheduled to go into effect June 1. This requirement expands the airport identification process to include private aircraft owners, GA maintenance providers, FBO employees, flight instructors, flight school students and other airport tenants needing unescorted access to the airport operations area (AOA).
For commercial and noncommercial aviation organizations trying to make sense of new rules and regulations in Europe, Swiss-based AeroEx is drawing on several decades of experience in many sectors of the aviation industry.
In response to the significant worldwide increase in demand for safety management systems (SMS), ARG/US has developed SMS-related products and services under the new brand name Prism–professional resources in safety management.
Maintenance, repair and overhaul group StandardAero (Booth No. 370) claims to have shown strong leadership in reducing the environmental footprint of its business. The company has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its part in the national environmental performance track green leadership program and is now operating under ISO 14001:2004 environmental management systems.
The FAA reauthorization bill is at odds with the European Union-U.S. Aviation Safety Agreement signed in March 2008, according to John Brutton, the EU’s U.S. ambassador in Washington. While the FAA’s proposal to inspect MRO companies outside the U.S. twice a year doesn’t sit well with the EU, Brutton also identified as sticking points additional proposed regulations pertaining to training European pilots in the U.S., investment in U.S.
Fuel provider Air BP has released dates for its nationwide two-day safety and quality-control seminar series. Airport personnel, pilots, FBOs and flight department employees are invited to learn about current safety regulations with trainers Walter Chartrand and Dave Ware.