Implementation of amendments adopted in September 2000 revising the service difficulty reporting (SDR) rules have again been delayed. After several previous implementation delays, the new rules had been rescheduled to go into effect on January 16. But the FAA is delaying the effective date of the rules one year to Jan. 16, 2004.
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Gulfstream Aerospace agreed to pay $2.1 million to 61 former employees–none of them company pilots–in an age-bias settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), but denied that it “engaged in any discrimination based on age, or committed any other violation.” In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleged the Savannah, Ga. manufacturer targeted employees 40 years of age or older during a spate of layoffs in 2000.
The FAA has started its promised comprehensive review of Part 135 and Part 125. This review will also encompass related portions of Parts 91 and 119 (certification of air carriers and commercial operators). The intent of the review is to resolve current issues affecting this segment of the industry, update regulations and to address international regulatory harmonization.
The “Acquisition Guide” is a free publication designed to arm the airplane buyer with enough knowledge to ask informed questions. The guide covers legal issues, taxes, financial aspects, maintenance implications, inspections and other topics, as well
The maintenance industry received a 60-day extension from the FAA to review and comment on draft AC 145-RSTP. Comments are due March 22. The Advisory Circular defines the scope and description of the Part 145 Repair Station Training Program.
Despite internal FAA reforms in 1998 designed to speed rulemaking, the median times that the agency took to complete both the proposed rule phase and the final rule phase increased in the three-year period after the reforms were instituted, even though it published fewer rules then it did during the three years before the reforms.
With the beginning of this month marking the halfway point in the 90-day public comment period on the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to regulate fractional- ownership operations under Part 91 Subpart K and make some modifications to Part 135, much of the early criticism by some NBAA members about the rule and the position taken by their association seems to have ebbed, or at least given way to more reasoned discourse.
Democracy is messy. We Americans know this all too well, but we accept it as better than the alternatives.
Aviation is an industry where the various factions often have nothing in common beyond the air in which they travel. But there is something that operators of Cessna 152s, Learjets and Boeing 747s have in common–maintenance. When the FAA announced an update of Part 145 repair stations was in the offing, the industry turned out in full force, filing hundreds of comments about the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
The FAA last month issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requesting comments to identify regulations currently in effect that should be amended, removed or simplified. “Getting public comments is a necessary element to make our regulations more effective and less burdensome,” the agency said.