• Even though the Senate and the House of Representatives did not sit in session during August, a multitude of committee and subcommittee meetings convened during this period to look into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the aftermath and how to avoid such events in the future.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised its estimates of budget deficits. Earlier this year, the prediction was for a deficit of $46 billion for the current fiscal year. However, individual tax receipts were recently projected to run some $40 billion below expectations, and that has caused experts to guess that the deficit could go upwards of $70 billion.
Ah, yes, there is considerable trouble in River City, and it isn’t a pool hall like in the 1950s Broadway musical. In this case, the river is the Potomac, the city is Washington and the trouble is that the Senate Republicans and Democrats do not seem to be able to join hands to break through their agonizingly slow pace and move forward to pass stalled legislation.
Be aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has some special requirements regarding the disposal of such garbage.
According to Laura Everington at Universal Weather & Aviation, regardless of the point of entry into the U.S., federal regulations require disposal of these items in special bags and handling by USDA-approved services or individuals for subsequent incineration.
The UK’s Kent Air Ambulance Trust is celebrating what it describes as “an amazing turnaround” in its fortunes. A year ago the charity that supports the resident MD 902 and crew was projecting a deficit of $620,000 (£350,000), on the back of three difficult years that had already seen reserves depleted by almost $1.77 million (£1 million).
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is offering FAA-approved employee-background verification for FBOs and other airport service businesses. NATA president James Coyne said, “The first line of defense against improper tampering with aircraft is knowing who has access to the airplane, on the ramp, in the hangar or in the shop.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the process of contacting air taxi operators regulated by the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) to conduct security inspections. TSA principal security inspectors (PSIs) will hold interviews with aircraft operator security coordinators and review the procedures employed to check passengers.
A new U.S. anti-terrorism rule that would have required computer-coded passports for certain foreign nationals entering the U.S. has been put on hold for 12 months. The regulation, to have taken effect on October 1, applies to 27 U.S. trading partner countries whose citizens are not currently required to have a visa to enter the U.S.
RAA director of technical affairs Dave Lotterer knows perhaps as well as anyone that good intentions at the FAA don’t necessarily translate into sound action. So when the agency pledged to pursue more vigorously a “performance-based” approach to safety oversight, Lotterer met the promise of a simpler, more straightforward code of regulations with a healthy dose of skepticism.
“The DOT would rather let an F-16 shoot down a hijacked airplane than let pilots carry guns in the cockpit,” was The Wall Street Journal’s response to Transportation Security Administration director John Magaw’s declaration “that I will not authorize firearms in the cockpit.” His decision overrides the wishes of airline pilots, who have been campaigning since September 11 to be allowed to carry guns as a barrier of last resort against terroris