The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has voiced its opposition to the European Joint Aviation Authorities’ (JAA) proposal to require all European corporate aviation operators to register with their country’s aviation authority.
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The National Air Transportation Association said in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that the FAA has failed to take into account the economic impact of domestic reduced vertical separation minima (DRVSM) on small on-demand air charter operators.
The public comment period on a proposed rewrite of FAR Parts 125 and 135 has been reopened until November 13, at the request of the aviation rulemaking committee reviewing the proposal. The regulatory review was prompted by myriad changes in the industry since Part 135 was originally written in the mid-1960s, including the growing use of bizliners such as the BBJ.
A Sentient Flight Group executive told AIN today that the funding round referenced in yesterday’s issue of AINalerts (click here for story) has closed, putting the company on a more stable financial footing.
The FAA is again asking for public comments on its review of FAR Parts 135 and 125, which started last month in Washington, D.C. An aviation rulemaking committee made up of industry representatives met over three days to address about 130 issues.
Watch for the FAA this month, at long last, to publish revisions to Part 91, including the new Subpart K for regulating fractional operations. The rulemaking, an NPRM since early 2001, is also expected to contain changes to Part 135 that aim to level the playing field between fractional and air-taxi operations.
The FAA last month issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FAA-2007-29281) to remove wording in Parts 91, 125 and 135 that currently allows pilots to take off with frost on wings, stabilizers and flight controls “if the frost has been polished to make it smooth.” The polished frost rules are found in 14 CFR 91.527(a), 125.221(a) and 135.227(a).
“We oppose this proposal in every part and recommend that it be withdrawn.” This was the terse comment from fractional pilot Thomas Gasta to the FAA’s proposed regulations covering fractional aircraft ownership. The proposal, whose comment period is closed now, received more than 200 responses. The vast majority of the responses supported the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in its entirety or with minor suggested changes.
After an arduous trip through the federal bureaucratic processes, the FAA published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for FAR Part 91 Subpart K last month, a new section that will regulate fractional-ownership operations and make some modifications to Part 135 on-demand charter requirements to level the competitive playing field.
In a letter to FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, 31 members of Congress have urged the agency to take immediate action to update pilot flight- and duty-time regulations.