The Obama Administration notified Congress on March 7 of planned revisions to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) in the aircraft and gas-turbine engine categories. The revisions will move items considered to be non-sensitive or having dual military and commercial uses from the State Department-administered USML to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL) under the administration’s export control reform initiative.
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Professional Aviation Associates of Atlanta, Ga., has received its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (Itar) certification, the company announced here at NBAA’12. Itar certification allows PAA to supply rotables to military aviation operators of both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, as well as parts and tooling to foreign militaries. The U.S. government requires all manufacturers, exporters and brokers of defense articles, defense services or related technical data to be Itar compliant.
The arrest of 11 members of an alleged Russian military procurement ring in Houston earlier this month was an exceptional but not isolated example of foreign interests attempting to acquire advanced technologies by skirting U.S. export control laws. “This is exceptional in the sense of the scale and scope. But these types of procurement networks are very common,” said Douglas Jacobson, an international trade attorney who specializes in export controls. “Efforts to procure a variety of U.S.[products] are common from Iran, from China, from other countries,” he added.
Laura Wang-Woodford, a U.S. citizen who served as a director of Monarch Aviation, a Singapore company that imported and exported military and commercial aircraft components for more than 20 years, has been sentenced in federal court to 46 months in prison. She was found guilty of conspiring to violate the U.S. trade embargo by exporting controlled aircraft components to Iran. Wang-Woodford was also ordered to forfeit $500,000 to the U.S.
PMA manufacturers might have a harder time exporting their civilian aircraft parts due to a new International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR rule) issued by the State Department, according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.
New York’s state Senate passed a bill making it a crime to fly an aircraft with a blood alcohol content of .04 or above, similar to laws covering drunk driving. State law prohibits drunk piloting, but there are no penalties. The bill now goes to the state assembly for consideration. If passed and signed by the governor, the first violation would be punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of between $1,000 and $2,500.