In a demonstration of how congressional mandates force lawmakers to come to grips with reality, the process of granting Part 145 repair station certificates to companies outside the U.S. has ground to a halt. Last August, Congress passed the “9/11 Recommendation Implementation Act of 2007,” part of which mandated that the TSA create new security rules for foreign repair stations.
The FAA is working on a review of Part 23 certification regulations, with the goal of “improving the certification process and requirements and also continuing to improve the safety and reliability of such aircraft throughout their lifecycle,” according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
It has been 12 years since Trans World Airlines experienced the loss of a 747 that had departed JFK airport bound for Paris. All 230 passengers and crew onboard TWA Flight 800 lost their lives on that hot July day in 1996.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) said its efforts to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to on-demand air charter flights are beginning to show signs of success.
The manufacturer of portable halon fire extinguishers targeted for mandatory replacement said the units involved “do not represent a safety problem,” even though they are not in compliance with technical requirements. In a proposed AD, the FAA is calling for the removal of some 39,000 of the extinguishers due to improper crimping of the units’ siphon tubes.
Calling September 11 the dividing line between our nation’s approach to aviation security on a “relatively peacetime” footing and the new “wartime environment,” FAA Administrator Jane Garvey is urging continued support for both the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FAA, which will continue to be responsible for air traffic security, the safety and integrity of aircraft and the oversight of flight-crew training.
American Eagle executives planned to meet with FAA officials last month to discuss the Dallas-based airline’s alleged violations of hazardous-materials regulations. The FAA alleges that on one occasion in 2000 American Eagle transported an oxygen generator as cargo aboard a passenger flight. It also claims that Eagle improperly offered oxygen generators to Federal Express for shipment by air on seven separate occasions.
The FAA’s Small Aircraft Directorate in Kansas City is expected to deliver to the FAA Administrator next month a preliminary report on recommended updates to Part 23 certification regulations, according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
Air Security International (Booth No. 2636) has been in the business of aviation security for 12 years, and according to ASI president Israel “Issy” Boim, globalization, combined with the threat of terrorism and other threats, has made his company’s services more vital than ever.
For those who operate aircraft over water, knowing how to ditch is an important safety issue. So is having the right equipment. Eastern Aero Marine, based in Miami, claims 15 lives have been saved in three aircraft ditchings in the past six months after crew and passengers used its inflatable survival gear products.