Beginning today, all U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda and Mexico entering the U.S. from within the Western Hemisphere at airports of entry will be required to present a valid passport. In lieu of a passport, U.S. citizens have been permitted to present a variety of documents to establish their identity and citizenship and right to enter the U.S.
The final report of the FAA/industry rulemaking age-60 committee is now posted on the agency’s Web site. The committee was unable to reach consensus on whether to increase the mandatory retirement age of 60 for airline pilots. The report can be viewed and downloaded at www.faa.gov/media/Final_Age_60_ARC_Report_11_29_2006.pdf.
As expected, the FAA extended the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport. The program, which includes a slot-reservation system for general aviation operations (six slots are available per hour between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.), was set to expire January 1. The FAA has proposed a long-term rule in a notice of proposed rulemaking that would further limit the number of operations at La Guardia.
November 25 is the comment deadline for FAA’s proposed guidance on business aircraft wet leases.
In May last year, the FAA said it would delay until January 1 this year a decision to limit “priority service” for aircraft registration in connection with conducting international flights to allow only one request per aircraft (by N-number) in any three-month period due to staffing limitations at the agency’s aircraft registration branch.
In a November 22 letter to the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), the Transportation Security Administration said it has “begun the process of developing and instituting a security oversight and monitoring program for fractional ownership aircraft.
More stringent training requirements for pilots of Mitsubishi MU-2Bs will result from an FAA special safety review of the turboprop twin. The review, a portion of which was released today, was initiated last year following a series of MU-2B accidents. For Part 135 operators, the additional requirements will become part of their FAA-approved training syllabus and will be effective shortly.
Starting Thursday, owners and operators of aircraft with “questionable” registrations might be denied access to the ATC system, as well as trigger a violation notice to the owner. On June 23, 2003, the FAA published a notice stating that its aircraft registration system would be augmented to reflect the “observed status of an aircraft’s certificate of registration” and that registrations have to be updated at least every three years.
The DOT yesterday issued a final rule amending the requirements for the transportation of hazardous materials by aircraft.
Despite comments on a variety of subjects regarding the FAA’s proposed Special FAR mandating training for Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots, the agency has made changes to only one part of the proposal. Yesterday, it issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, redefining pilot experience requirements.