The National Transportation Safety Board last week announced it has extended until October 31 the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking governing the agency’s investigation procedures. The original NPRM–Docket No. NTSB-GC-2012-0002–published late last summer, proposed several rule changes about how the Board conducts investigations. The Board proposed organizing investigation procedures into mode-specific subparts, as well as updates to several terms and other procedures.
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The three-day Helitech International helicopter exhibition and conference, which opens on Tuesday, will be held for the first time in Amsterdam. Some 180 exhibitors will share the Amsterdam RAI convention center’s floor, and the event features an extensive conference program.
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Oct. 14, 2014
NTSB Proposes Changes to Investigation Procedures
The comment deadline has been extended 90 days, from October 8 to January 6, on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in July that seeks to amend qualification standards for some flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), specifically those capable of reproducing extended flight envelope and adverse weather training.
An advance notice of proposed rulemaking from the Bureau of Safety and Environment (BSEE) seeks to improve safety for operations related to helicopters and helidecks on fixed offshore facilities. The BSEE invites comments on whether to incorporate in its regulations industry standards for design, construction and maintenance of helidecks, as well as standards for aviation fuel storage and handling.
A coalition of aviation trade associations asked the FAA to fix a seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that would create major headaches for the aviation maintenance industry.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) now operates under a new organizational structure, meant to ensure a stronger focus on oversight with a new strategy directorate. EASA executive director Patrick Ky launched the reorganization in April.
Thirty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives General Aviation Caucus have asked the U.S. DOT to accelerate review of a FAA proposal to reform the third-class medical process. Under the proposal, the FAA would allow holders of private pilot certificates and valid driver’s licenses to fly without a third-class medical certificate.
Not everyone is convinced the FAA’s recently issued final Part 145 rule, which governs maintenance of U.S.-registered aircraft, aligns with the intent of the original notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
Key lawmakers are asking the U.S. DOT to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform. In two separate letters, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) wrote to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging his department to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the proposal for public comment.
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