Just a few years ago, no one in the aviation safety business anywhere on earth would have seriously asked if the FAA is losing its safety edge. For more than half a century, the FAA was the unquestioned leader in airline safety around the globe, the one all other nations looked to for leadership in setting the safety bar.
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The FAA has extended until June 4 the period to submit “clarifying questions” about the final rule that amends the existing flight, duty and rest regulations applicable to certificate holders and their flight crewmembers. In the rule, the FAA created a new Part 117, which replaces the existing flight, duty and rest regulations contained in Part 121 Subparts Q, R and S. As part of this rulemaking, the FAA also applied the new Part 117 to certain Part 91 operations.
With Congressional differences resolved, the FAA Reauthorization Bill has been signed by the President and is now a formal government act. A done deal, right? Well, perhaps not totally done. Those who read the October report of the FAA-sponsored Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on implementation strategies for ADS-B in were certainly surprised to see that the bill called for in to be mandated in 2020, at the same time as ADS-B out.
Get ready for some serious angst. The FAA reauthorization just passed by the U.S. House and Senate includes specific direction to the FAA regarding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Elements of the legislation include a Sept.
As the 2012 U.S. election campaign season begins ramping up, industry leaders are concerned about what they believe will be an unprecedented number of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) as candidates spread out to press the flesh. Given the number of states up for grabs in what looks to be an extremely close and contentious presidential election, private aviation is bracing for the inevitable travel interruptions.
The U.S. aviation industry won’t be getting a final rule on the aircraft repair station security issue until the fourth quarter of this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced. The issue dates back to a 2004 public meeting held by the TSA in response to the Vision 100 Century of Aviation Act passed by Congress in 2003.
The DHS made the announcement after 20 industry leaders sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the rule, which has been under consideration for eight years, be finalized before the end of last year.
Cleveland-based Constant Aviation has named Jay Randall to the position of Great Lakes regional sales manager. Randall joined the company from Dallas Airmotive, where he was responsible for the sale of engine maintenance services specializing in the PT6A, JT15D, Spey and Tay for the Northeast and Great Lakes territory. Before that Randall was a maintenance manager for the Flight Options sales and acquisitions department. He will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior, parts and modifications/refurbishments in the Great Lakes region.
The FAA delivered some good news in a proposed rule change that will free operators from the burden of needing mechanics to update onboard navigation databases. Under the current rules, nav data updating is classified as preventive maintenance. While pilots operating under Part 91 are permitted to update nav databases (and perform any kind of preventive maintenance), the FAA does not allow Part 135 pilots the same latitude.
A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued yesterday by the FAA would allow pilots of aircraft operated under Parts 121, 125, 129, 133, 135 and 137 to update navigation and terrain awareness databases of their aircraft instead of having the task done by certified mechanics or repair stations.
A confidential briefing on the LightSquared/GPS situation presented by Gen. William Shelton, chief of the Air Force Space Command, to senior staff at the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was promptly leaked to LightSquared.