Jeffrey Sands, director of flight operations for Altria, disclosed results of his company’s participation in a Flight Safety Foundation demonstration of a flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) program. Altria has two years of results from its three Gulfstream IV-SPs, using data downloaded from the airplane’s quick access recorder (QAR) sent to data-analysis vendor Austin Digital.
With one congressman calling it “dead on arrival,” the FAA yesterday released its new proposal for financing the agency over the next 10 years, a plan that would more than triple general aviation fuel taxes, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 70 cents per gallon, and create a mishmash of new and/or higher fees for such things as pilot licensing, aircraft certifications and other services.
Responding to a request by Boeing, the FAA has extended the comment deadline from today to April 16 on its proposal amending digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit “filtering” of signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded.
The number of fatalities in turbine business airplane accidents increased nearly 80 percent in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
Effective November 14, the FAA will implement its organization delegation authorization (ODA) program that will replace the current designee program. The new ODA program, proposed in January 2004, expands the functions that designees may perform, permits non-FAA-certified individuals and organizations to become designees and does away with the existing designee categories.
The FAA on Friday published an order extending through April 1, 2006, a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. The current limitations were previously scheduled to end on October 29, and the agency is seeking to extend the program through April 2008.
President Bush Tuesday signed into law a homeland security spending bill that includes language directing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work with industry to expand the transportation security administration access certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program.
Part 135 operators and charter management entities will be affected by a proposed policy guidance involving wet leases.
Following a nearly 20-year development program marked by financial and management challenges, technical issues and a fatal crash in 2003, San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen yesterday received type certification for the SJ30-2. The TC approves the new twin-engine light business jet for day, night, VFR, IFR, single-pilot and "full performance envelope" operations.
Guy Minor, aviation safety program manager with the FAA’s Oakland Flight Standards District Office, presented Apex Aviation the 2004 Certificate of Excellence for “actively participating in the FAA Aviation Technician Training Program.” This Diamond Award marks the third consecutive year the FAA has honored Apex.