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.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, criticized the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) plan to reopen Reagan National Airport to general aviation.
A new European aircraft registry designed specifically for corporate jets–which promises a high level of service and competitive rates–has a range of M-prefixed registration options to offer as well.
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking to make major changes to Parts 61, 91 and 141 closes for comments today. Among the proposed changes is the addition of training standards for night vision goggles and the combination of simulator training regulations into one section. At press time there were almost 200 comments posted to the docket, including comments from training providers CAE SimuFlite and FlightSafety International.
• At the end of March, lawmakers took a spring break that ended in mid-April, leaving in a holding pattern approval of House and Senate supplemental emergency spending bills totaling $124 billion for the Iraq war. On their return, they
State-owned Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) agreed last month to purchase Carlyle Group’s Landmark Aviation and Standard Aero Holdings for $1.8 billion. If the deal makes it through the lengthy approval process as proposed, it will be DAE’s first venture into the U.S. market.
According to a recent DOT report on significant rulemakings, the FAA is not expected to complete its work on a November 2003 proposal that would require all air-tour operators to be certified under Part 135 or 121. The original deadline for certification was to have been next January.
NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association submitted comments critical of the FAA's proposed rule to modify recording, sampling and installation requirements for cockpit video recorders (CVRs) and flight data recorders (FDRs). The comments were submitted just before the deadline last week.
Flight crews and their passengers will be affected by a proposal from the Departments of State and Homeland Security to require a U.S. or foreign passport or other “accepted secure document” when traveling between the U.S. and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Currently, U.S. citizens in most cases need to show only drivers’ licenses to reenter the U.S. from Mexico, Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Following the fatal crashes of a Piper Navajo on September 1 in Bogotá and an MD-82 operated by Colombian carrier West Caribbean Airlines on August 16 in Venezuela, the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority (Aerocivil) ordered the “indefinite suspension” of all general aviation operations at Guaymaral and El Dorado International Airports in Bogotá, Alfonso Bonilla International Airport in Cali and Jose Maria Cordoba International and Olaya Herrer