Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), is cautiously optimistic about the FAA’s recent withdrawal of a notice of proposed rule making (Docket No. FAA-2006-26408) aimed at FAA Part 145 Repair Stations.
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The FAA has withdrawn a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to revise the system of ratings and require repair stations to establish a quality program. The withdrawal followed more than 500 comments from the public.
The FAA has begun the process of withdrawing a controversial December 2006 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) calling for new repair station ratings classifications, capabilities lists and quality system requirements.
In what is a record number of comments on a TSA rulemaking, aviation industry proponents flooded the Transportation Security Administration docket for the Large Aircraft Security Program with more than 4,000 comments against the proposal. Joining the effort is a group of seven Congressional representatives, including Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), who sent a letter to the TSA criticizing the rulemaking.
NBAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) late last week sent a joint letter to the TSA urging the agency to establish a rulemaking committee to address questions and concerns raised by industry and government about the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
This TSA NPRM could have a profound effect on the American pilots who fly aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds.
The TSA’s general aviation security rulemaking proposal, which would force nearly 10,000 operators of GA aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds (mtow) to create an agency-approved security plan, “is a very significant rulemaking, with the potential to have a very large impact on business aviation,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told AIN.
The TSA today released a notice of proposed rulemaking for its Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which would require all U.S. operators of aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds mtow to implement security programs that would be subject to compliance audits.
In an unusual déjà vu-triggering step, the FAA has reopened for 30 days the comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The original comment period closed on March 3 this year. The FAA received 1,423 comments submitted by 165 entities.
When the FAA called in March for public comment on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on ADS-B equipage, it was with the understanding that there was wide user community acceptance of the system as the vital stepping stone to modernizing the National Airspace System. Everyone appeared to agree that ADS-B would be an essential element in the agency’s NextGen project.