Although Congress is in recess until September 4, one could be forgiven for thinking otherwise given the continued rhetoric on both sides of the FAA funding issue.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that airport and FBO operators read its new guidance document, “Enhanced Fuel Farm/Fuel Storage Facility Security Measures and Fuel Vehicle Access Procedures.” The two-page document is available on the National Air Transportation Association Web site (www.nata.aero).
The FAA unveiled a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last month 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.
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.