NBAA today unveiled some long-anticipated potential changes to GA security. New security measures could include required government approval for all flights on a flight-by-flight basis and freedom for the federal government to access internal documents and implement and modify operators’ security procedures.
• The Senate by a vote of 53-46 rejected new laws pertaining to immigration. The vote, which pundits consider a crushing defeat for President Bush, fell 14 votes shy of the 60 needed to limit debate and establish an up-or-down vote. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had no choice but to pull the bill for the second time in a month.
The strict security requirements of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) just-released plan to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation in about 90 days might prove to be so expensive and complicated that some operators could be discouraged from using the airport. DCA has been closed to GA since 9/11.
The FAA unveiled a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) last week that addresses airworthiness standards related to cabin interiors for transport-category airplanes in private-use passenger operations. Type certification requirements have historically been separate from and independent of operational standards.
A hearing held today by the House transportation and infrastructure subcommittee on aviation sought to examine ways to reduce the level of falsifications and omissions on FAA medical applications.
Industry reaction to last week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing to discuss FAA reauthorization and the prospect of user fees was as strong as the statements some senators made during the hearing.
It’s too soon to know the fate of the so-called user-fee bills working their way through the sausage-making legislative apparatus in Washington, D.C., but the senate’s FAA reauthorization legislation includes a stipulation that would allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to impose weight restrictions at Teterboro Airport, and the FAA would not be able to prevent such a move.
On May 23 more than 50 FBI agents and employees of the FAA raided the headquarters of Air Evac Lifeteam in West Plains, Mo. The agents sent employees home and carted away boxes of records and equipment.
NBAA and AOPA said that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that became effective January 23 this year and required air travelers to carry a passport to fly back into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda was relaxed somewhat last month. Pilots or passengers caught in the midst of the overburdened process of applying for a passport can now simply provide proof that they have done so.
A bill that would give local authorities the right to enforce a nighttime curfew at New York’s Westchester County Airport has drawn criticism from NBAA. H.R. 2328 was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure May 15 by representative Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). In a June 7 letter to Lowey, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen wrote that NBAA opposes “any attempt to create local exemptions to federal law.