Air safety

October 30, 2007 - 11:14am
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The Transportation Security Administration plans soon to release changes to the voluntary general aviation security guidelines, and is looking at ways to “positively identify” pilots before and in flight. To find out more about what the TSA is doing, and how it views GA security in general, AIN spoke with Michal Morgan, the TSA’s general manager for general aviation.

 

October 29, 2007 - 5:34am
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AMI Jet Charter’s trouble with the FAA didn’t start on October 12, when the agency revoked AMI’s charter certificate, nor the week before, when it suspended AMI’s certificate, nor in March when the FAA began an investigation of AMI or even in September 2005, when the Department of Transportation fined AMI $250,000 for violation of foreign-ownership regulations.

October 23, 2007 - 11:14am

“In Washington, D.C., no bad idea ever dies,” National Association of State Aviation Officials president and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski said of aviation user fees yesterday at the American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Issues Conference in Naples, Fla.

October 18, 2007 - 12:42pm

In testimony before the House aviation subcommittee yesterday, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel told lawmakers that user acceptance and voluntary equipage are the keys for ADS-B to be fully successful.

October 18, 2007 - 12:41pm

Excel-Jet of Monument, Colo., is suing the FAA over the June 2006 crash of its proof-of-concept Sport-Jet, which was destroyed on takeoff from Colorado Springs Airport. According to witnesses, the single-engine composite jet rolled to the left, hit the runway and cartwheeled down the runway just after takeoff.

October 17, 2007 - 7:04am

“After May 1 operators not meeting the full requirements of the [twelve-five and private charter security] rules will be considered to be in noncompliance,” the Transportation Security Administration said in a notice last month. The TSA delayed the April 1 enforcement date after it conceded that some operators were having undue difficulty meeting the fingerprint requirement of the criminal-history record checks for their flight crews.

October 17, 2007 - 7:00am

More than 615 comments–the great majority negative–were submitted on rules adopted in January that permit the FAA to immediately suspend or revoke the airman certificate of any pilot or mechanic the Transportation Security Administration has “determined to pose a security threat.” The rules establish procedures to appeal the action to the TSA; however, they cannot be appealed to a third party such as the NTSB.

October 16, 2007 - 12:19pm

The recently released ADS-B aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) report says the FAA must implement “some combination of financial incentives and operational benefits to…significantly accelerate ADS-B equipage” before 2020, the compliance date of the proposed rule.

October 16, 2007 - 10:52am

The aviation industry is beginning to react to the FAA’s October 4 suspension and then last Friday’s revocation of AMI Jet Charter’s Part 135 certificate, in which the FAA cited illegal foreign influence over the company’s charter operations. “I am extremely angered by the [FAA’s] decision last Friday to revoke the operating certificate of AMI Jet Charter,” wrote NATA president James Coyne in a letter to NATA members yesterday.

October 16, 2007 - 7:26am

Naples Airport Authority (NAA) officials have appealed the FAA’s ruling, announced in early March, against the Florida airport’s ban on Stage 2 aircraft operations. With the FAA action, Naples Airport is now restricted from receiving federal funding and from collecting airline passenger facility charges, though NAA executive director Ted Soliday said he believed the funding could be reinstated once the appeal is filed. The airport

 
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