Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced in January that the DHS will drop its color-coded threat advisory system.
“The FAA has temporarily suspended its policy of expunging certain records of legal enforcement actions against individuals to ensure compliance with recent amendments to the Pilot Records Improvement Act [PRIA],” the agency said late last week in a policy statement.
Two separate crashes involving Let L-410 regional turboprops claimed a total of 16 victims on Monday.
The FAA has proposed a $1,025,000 civil penalty against San Antonio Aerospace for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation’s workplace drug-and-alcohol testing program. The alleged violations occurred between March 24, 2007 and May 8, 2008. The company was renamed ST Aerospace San Antonio in November 2009 and is currently a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Aerospace.
Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) will serve as Democratic co-chairman of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus when the new congressional session begins this month. Barrow’s congressional district includes Savannah, which is home to Gulfstream. The fourth-term representative also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and will join Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) in leading the GA Caucus, which now has more than 120 members.
Congress voted for a 17th time on December 18 to extend aviation programs, taxes and Airport and Airways Trust Fund spending authority through March 31, 2011, which essentially provides breathing room for the incoming 112th Congress to pass a new FAA reauthorization bill. Rep.
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.
ExecuJet Aviation is expanding its footprint in the Asian business aviation services market with a new joint venture with China’s Tianjin Haite Aircraft Engineering. The partners are to establish an aircraft maintenance and management operation at Tianjin Binhai Airport, about 75 miles from the center of Beijing, and the new facility is slated to open by August.
China-based Avicopter announced on November 9 the first flight of its first indigenously developed light single-engine helicopter, the AC311, in Tianjin. The helicopter, the design of which has likely inherited some lines from the light Eurocopter models that parent company Avic has long produced, has an mtow of 4,850 pounds and can carry six people.
While the FAA has filed a “difference” explaining that it does not have a formal safety management system (SMS) rule for aircraft operators, despite the ICAO November 18 deadline that is now passed, it is in the process of SMS rulemaking.