The Transportation Security Administration confirmed late last month that it decided to suspend the current “three trip” monthly frequency requirement necessary for operators to qualify for an international fleet waiver. The decision results, in part, from an NBAA meeting with TSA representatives during which they discussed issues associated with the current TSA waiver program.
It is good news that the joint program and development office (JPDO), formed recently at the direction of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, is crafting a national policy on air transportation. Many voices, among them mine when I served as president of NBAA, called for a vision and mission statement by the U.S.
New tools exist to prevent those accidents that most worry safety experts.
Aviation security collided with politics last month on Capitol Hill, when a Senate bill that would have created–among other provisions–a new force of federal employees to screen airline passengers and their baggage encountered stubborn resistance in the House.
Cabin-safety and -services training for business aviation flight attendants was introduced late last year by Renton, Wash.-based Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing), a subsidiary of Boeing. This is Boeing’s first venture into business aviation cabin training outside the Boeing Business Jet training program.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved and sent to the full Senate a bill that would give the FAA six months to issue pilot certificates that include photo identification. AOPA has long advocated such a move but believes that the six-month time frame for implementation is unrealistic. The legislation would require the photo ID for pilots to include biometric data or other unique identifiers.
Solid progress in the fight against user fees has been made, but the general aviation community has to stay involved for the battle to be won, according to leaders of the fight who took the dais at the User Fee Forum at NBAA 2007 yesterday. “We’re in terminal airspace but there’s convective weather ahead,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, likening the effort to a long-distance flight.
Kathy Perfetti, who as an FAA staffer headed the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee (which resulted in FAR Part 91, Subpart K) and led the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, has joined the International Business Aviation Council as the standards manager for IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
The FAA has issued a final decision for redesigning the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan airspace, but it is likely that airport neighbors will challenge the plan on the grounds that the new routings increase noise.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has studied the predicted impact of very light jets and found that FAA and industry experts have few concerns. “Most experts GAO contacted believe that very light jets will likely have little impact on safety due to the FAA’s certification procedures for aircraft, pilots and maintenance,” the agency noted.