The FAA yesterday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to withdraw its new rules that amend the service difficulty reporting (SDR) requirements for air carriers and repair stations certified under FAR 121, 135 and/or 145. The effective date of the rules, adopted in September 2000, has been delayed several times, with the latest compliance date now set as January 30 next year.
As part of an increase in the FAA’s regulatory-enforcement program, aircraft owners have until July 31 to complete and return the triennial aircraft registration form if their address is not current. Owners who fail to correct an outdated address might see their registration suspended or revoked and their N numbers canceled, the agency said. The FAA has prepared a list of registrations that have incorrect addresses.
Mercer County, N.J., executive Brian Hughes has announced plans to release tail numbers of aircraft that operate at Trenton Mercer Airport between midnight and 6 a.m., a voluntary curfew period, to anyone who calls the airport, gives the time of the operation and asks for the tail number. Aircraft operating during curfew hours are not violating any laws and cannot be fined.
Are you frustrated by what you believe are some illogical, outdated, stifling or just plain crackpot regulations? Now is your once-in-every-three-year chance to officially let the FAA know what regs you find “burdensome, unnecessary or impose needless economic costs.”
Starting on June 1, the FAA will no longer accept aircraft registration applications (AC Form 8050-1) that do not contain the printed or typed name of the signer in the signature block. The application form already asks for the typed or printed name below the signature, but the agency has previously not rejected applications solely on this omission.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in late January announced that the federal deficit is expected to climb to $477 billion this year, up from $375 billion last year. It also estimated that, in the next 10 years, the government will accumulate nearly $2.4 trillion in additional debt.
The $328 billion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress to fund most federal agencies for the remainder of fiscal year 2004 (until September 30) failed to provide the $100 million authorized for general aviation businesses hurt by 9/11. But, as they say in the sports world, there’s always next year.
• Congress dodged the dog days of August by taking a six-week recess beginning July 22, but not before legislators increased their bills introduced count to 2,772 in the Senate and 5,001 in the House of Representatives.
Interested parties are getting more time to comment on the FAA’s controversial proposal to require all air-tour operators to be certified under Part 135 or 121, with an extension of the comment period from April 19 to June 18.
The comment window has been reopened until March 11 on the FAA’s proposal to revise the technical and operational requirements for simulators and flight-training devices, as well as consolidate them under one new rule. The proposal was published in September 2002 and the original comment period closed February 24 last year.