The FAA is proposing a $194,249 civil penalty against ERA for alleged violations of its drug-and-alcohol testing regulations related to pre-employment screening and random testing of existing employees during 2009 and 2010. The OGP helicopter service company has since brought its hiring and drug testing programs into compliance.
A coalition of FBOs and fuel distributors who sell leaded avgas in California has filed a lawsuit against the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the state’s Attorney General in response to a planned lawsuit announced in May over the sale and use of leaded aviation gasoline.
Responding to the threat of a citizen’s enforcement action by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) over leaded avgas, a coalition of affected businesses has filed a lawsuit against the CEH and the attorney general of the state of California. The enforcement action is a move allowed by California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.
The McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II’s radical, wedge-shaped design still looks exotic, even in the 20 years since the program was cancelled after an outlay of billions of dollars that failed to produce even one real airplane. The proposed Navy attack bomber has fascinated me ever since the first time I saw an artist’s rendering of it.
On June 22 NBAA and AOPA filed a formal notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to block the DOT from “dismantling the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program.” They also established a fund to support the legal fight. The notice will be followed by a motion to prevent the DOT from making any changes to Barr while the court considers the appeal.
The world’s aircraft leasing industry appears to have weathered the proverbial storm of the global recession and now looks well positioned to exploit aircraft placement opportunities in markets such as China, in particular. However, such opportunities won’t come without their challenges, according to some of the leasing company bosses who appeared at this spring’s International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders (ISTAT) conference.
NBAA welcomed an announcement last week by Santa Monica, Calif. city officials that they would not contest a federal court’s ruling that the city could not ban “Category C and D” aircraft from Santa Monica Airport. This brings to an end a three-year battle over such operations at the airport.
In an astonishing verdict, Brazilian federal judge Murilo Mendes on on May 19 found the air traffic controller most involved in the September 2006 Amazon midair between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600, Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos, innocent because he was "not qualified ...
American pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino, whose Legacy 600 was involved in a collision with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon jungle in September 2006, were found guilty by Brazilian federal judge Murilo Mendes last month of failing to verify the functioning of the transponder for more than an hour.
Groups as diverse as the three largest general aviation organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are calling on Congress to maintain the current FAA Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program in pending FAA reauthorization legislation.