To clear up continuing confusion about safety management systems, FAA Flight Standards SMS office manager Don Arendt told attendees at last month’s NATA Air Charter Summit that while SMS “is a set of decision-making practices,” it isn’t a substitute for compliance. While ICAO’s Annex 6 took effect on January 1, requiring countries to implement SMS regulations, the FAA has filed a difference with ICAO, and the U.S.
Following congressional hearings last month on the February crash of a twin-engine turboprop near Buffalo, N.Y., senior officials from U.S. airlines, pilot unions and the FAA agreed in a closed-door meeting June 15 to several major actions to improve safety programs and pilot training at the nation’s airlines.
An amendment to the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act approved last week will allow the aviation industry to review and provide input on TSA security proposals. The amendment to H.R.2200 limits the TSA’s ability to use Security Directives to circumvent the normal rulemaking process without taking into account operational impact or economic burden.
Two Bell 407s, Flagstaff, Ariz., June 29, 2008–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was the failure of both pilots to see and avoid the other on approach to the helipad at Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC). The daylight
VMC midair involved helicopters operated by Classic Helicopters and Air Methods.
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).
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