The FAA reauthorization bill is at odds with the European Union-U.S. Aviation Safety Agreement signed in March 2008, according to John Brutton, the EU’s U.S. ambassador in Washington. While the FAA’s proposal to inspect MRO companies outside the U.S. twice a year doesn’t sit well with the EU, Brutton also identified as sticking points additional proposed regulations pertaining to training European pilots in the U.S., investment in U.S.
The governor of Montana is the latest to weigh in on a controversial Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive that would impose new security badge requirements and background checks on general aviation pilots based at commercial-service airports.
Cincinnati-based specialized aviation services company ARG/US on Thursday released an on-site safety audit report focusing on commonly seen deficiencies in safety management systems (SMS) and emergency response planning (ERP). The report is based on 116 audits of Part 91 and 135 operators conducted by ARG/US between Jan. 1, 2007, and Feb. 28, 2009.
Following bungled security inspections of general aviation facilities at Nashville International Airport and Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) significantly changed “Operation Playbook,” a controversial security program for GA introduced through a pilot program last year.
“You can bet the insurance market is going to change. All the ingredients are in place and it’s only a matter of time,” Jim Gardner, v-p of Insuramerica Aviation, an affiliate of J. Smith Lanier, told AIN.
Era Systems last month announced it has been selected to provide an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA). The JCAA will use the ADS-B network for operational testing in preparation for eventual nationwide, wide-area multilateration and ADS-B deployment.
Passengers arriving on business aircraft at UK airports may face delays in clearing immigration, following a move by the UK Border Agency to withdraw the so-called pre-clearance process. This allowed FBOs to simply give officials passenger lists for flights with nationality details and leave it to them to decide whether or not they wished to personally inspect passports.
The TSA has established a stakeholder liaison position dedicated to addressing concerns about recent security measures, including the Large Aircraft Security Program proposal, a security directive that would require additional screenings for general aviation pilots at commercial airports and “Operation Playbook.” Juan Barnes has been tapped to fill the new role.
The Transportation Security Administration is revising its “Operation Playbook” security program, which seeks to work with airline airports used by general aviation operators to develop a security protocol that keeps terrorists guessing at security tactics. The Playbook was introduced as a pilot program last year, but industry concerns about questionable TSA inspections at FBOs led to the TSA updating the program.
Now that the former Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone–renamed the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area–has become permanent, general aviation can turn its eyes to other security actions.