The FAA yesterday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to withdraw its new rules that amend the service difficulty reporting (SDR) requirements for air carriers and repair stations certified under FAR 121, 135 and/or 145. The effective date of the rules, adopted in September 2000, has been delayed several times, with the latest compliance date now set as January 30 next year.
NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker said the FAA’s airport movement area safety system (AMASS) is not adequate to prevent serious runway collisions. Citing several recent near-collisions at Boston and New York airports where AMASS allegedly did not perform, Rosenker noted that the situations were instead resolved by flight crew actions sometimes bordering on the heroic–and luck.
“The MU-2B turboprop does not need yet another certification review,” according to AOPA. Reacting to congressional pressure, the FAA is “rushing to fix a problem that has not even been quantified.” The issue stems from two recent accidents involving MU-2Bs at Denver Centennial Airport. That led to a demand from Colorado lawmakers that the FAA investigate the safety of the twin turboprop.
“So now the guy I send seat covers to for cleaning has to have a drug program?” one irate Part 145 operator practically shouted into the telephone. “The guy does the work in his garage. He’s cheap, reliable, does good work and turns it around almost as fast as I can get it to him. I’ve stood there watching him work while we both have a beer. I’m going to tell this guy he has to have a drug and alcohol program?
The FAA has proposed fining Sterling, Va.-based Atlantic Coast Airlines $1.5 million for failure to perform mandated maintenance work on “several aircraft.” The proposal accompanied a parallel action against code-share partner United Airlines, which faces a civil penalty of $1 million for similar violations.
The House Appropriations Committee included language in the Department of Homeland Security fiscal year 2005 budget that requires Secretary Tom Ridge, in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Secret Service, to develop and implement a “reasonable and effective” security plan restoring access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for security-qualified charter and GA operators by November 30.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has quietly suspended enforcement of the rule that allowed the agency to revoke a pilot’s certificate for alleged security risks.
Dassault’s Falcon 2000EX EASy received certification by both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA last month.
Just as very light jets are on the verge of joining the new generation of general aviation aircraft produced by Cirrus and Lancair, NASA has begun field demonstrations of its Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) in preparation for a more comprehensive proof-of-concept drill next summer at the Danville Regional Airport, Va.
Adam Aircraft of Englewood, Colo., “hopes to announce receipt of the type inspection authorization for the Adam 500 [piston twin] soon,” a spokesman told AIN late last month. The TIA means official FAA flight testing may begin and is granted only after a company can present an aircraft that is conformed to the type design and structural testing is completed.