United States administrative law

March 17, 2011 - 10:22am

The FAA withdrew an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) today, released in July 2009, that solicited public comment on potential rules requiring a safety management system (SMS) for Part 21, 119, 121, 125, 135, 141, 142, and 145 certificate holders, product manufacturers, applicants and employers. This comment period closed on Oct. 21, 2009.

March 16, 2011 - 11:00am

In the continuing saga of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) versus the FAA’s drug testing policy, the FAA employed an unanticipated evasive maneuver.

January 31, 2011 - 8:15am

According to NBAA, the NTSB recently released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and wants input on the rules of procedure for the NTSB’s review of certificate actions taken by the FAA.

January 30, 2011 - 8:00am

Last month key industry players expressed strong concerns about proposed FAA rule changes for helicopter operations, particular those governing emergency medical services (EMS) providers.

January 27, 2011 - 8:30am

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association is taking the FAA’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) to task over comments made during committee discussions.

January 18, 2011 - 9:23am

Major industry groups are expressing their displeasure with key sections of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) governing helicopter EMS operations. In formal comments filed last week with the FAA, they voiced objection to portions of the rule mandating helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTaws), IFR weather reporting and operational control centers.

January 12, 2011 - 9:41am

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) recently sent a letter to the FAA’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) taking it to task for misrepresentations regarding repair stations. “When the Department of Transportation formed the FAAC it brought together individuals from what it thinks of as the aviation powerhouses: the airlines, unions, some major corporations and a few academics.

December 29, 2010 - 5:17am

The FAA will extend the comment period for the Airport Safety Management System (SMS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which had been scheduled to end on Jan. 7, 2011. The proposed rule seeks to require all airports certified under Part 139 to develop and implement an SMS program to cover all non-movement areas of the airport, including tenant ramps. The comment period is now extended until March 7.

November 30, 2010 - 11:18am

The FAA’s first notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on safety management systems (SMS) was published on October 7 and will require Part 139 airports to adopt an SMS program within six to nine months of publication of the final rule. Comments are due by Jan. 5, 2011.

November 30, 2010 - 11:00am

In comments submitted to the FAA regarding the proposed flight-duty and rest requirements for Part 121 operators, both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) question the agency’s apparent intent to apply these requirements for Part 121 operations to Part 135 charter operations. The alphabet groups warned that a “one size fits all” regulatory approach to pilot fatigue rules for Part 121 and 135 will simply not work.

 
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