Regulations and Government

News about bills, laws, regulations and other governmental decisions affecting aviation and aerospace. Topics include FAA re-authorizations, taxes on fuel and aviation activities, environmental legislation, ICAO decisions, governmental mediation of labor conflicts and World Trade Organization disputes and decisions.

Regulations and Government

FAA Clarifies Part 135 FDR Seating Configuration Regs

The agency is seeing confusion surrounding FDR requirements
Global Express Interior

Axnes Elevates Comms in Cormorant SAR Upgrade

The PNG wireless intercom system improves situational awareness

Boeing Missing Key Elements of Safety Culture: FAA Report

Employees lack awareness of the basics in reporting safety concerns.
Boeing 737 assembly line
Regulations and Government

UK Tax Triggers North Sea Layoffs

Contagion spreads to offshore helicopter operators
Airbus H225 and oil rig
Regulations and Government

New Fuel Efficiency Certification Rules Apply to Bizav

The U.S. rules apply to new type certificates and modified airplanes
New FAA Part 38 rules
Regulations and Government

Singapore and Supernal Develop Advanced Air Mobility

Hyundai subsidiary Supernal is developing a four-passenger eVTOL aircraft
Singapore Economic Development Board managing director Jacqueline Poh (left) and Supernal CEO and Hyundai Motor Group president Jaiwon Shin

Colorado Proposes Big New Tax on Leaded Avgas

State bill would impose a 50-cent-per-gallon 'impact fee'
Fueling airplane with aviation gasoline
Regulations and Government

Senate FAA Reauthorization Mandates Part 135 for All Air Tours

Alphabets urge rejection of costly new Part 135 provisions
Papillon Helicopters
Training and Workforce

Embraer and CAE launches E2 FFS in Singapore

The E-Jet E2 full flight simulator in Singapore is the first of its kind in Asia-Pacific.
Embraer CAE partnership Singapore
Regulations and Government

FAA Sets Restrictions for State of the Union Address

The flight restrictions will curtail operations into KDCA during the event
U.S. Capitol
Regulations and Government

Canada TSB Issues Safety Advice after Helicopter Crash Investigation

TSB said that loss of visual reference was a factor
Transportation Safety Board of Canada logo

Reliable Robotics Autopilot Tech Earns FAA Nod

The FAA accepted requirements for advanced aircraft navigation and autopilot systems
U.S. Air Force Agile Flag Exercise
Regulations and Government

House, Senate Discuss Final FAA Bill; Timing Remains Unclear

Congress has until March 8 to complete work on the FAA bill or pass extension
U.S. Capitol

Asia-Pacific Air Power Demand Fueled by China Threat

China’s expansionist aims boost requirements for military aircraft
F-35A (left), F/A-18F (center) and EA-18G (right).
Regulations and Government

NBAA Resource Eases CBP Entry Process at GA Airports

Guide compiles information from 300 U.S. general aviation airports with customs services
A screenshot of the NBAA "fact sheet"
Regulations and Government

Lawmakers Urge FAA To Ease Path to Mental Health Care

In a joint letter, lawmakers urged FAA to remove barriers discouraging mental health care
Pilot facing airport window

Aviation Coalition Urges Canadian SAF Incentives

The group includes major players such as Bombardier, Airbus, IATA, and CBAA
Flasks of sustainable aviation news
Regulations and Government

AINsight: Medical Standards and FAR 61.53

In addition to medical exams, pilots must also self-certify they are fit to fly before every flight
Regulations and Government

Signature Pledges To Combat Human Trafficking

The FBO chain is now the first dedicated aviation services provider to sign the U.S. DoT pledge
Bizliner taking off

Venice Conference Makes Case for Amphibious Aviation

New wave of seaplanes are promising to bring extra dimensions to air transportation
Elfly's Noemi seaplane
Regulations and Government

FAA Reauthorization Passes Senate Committee Following Retirement Age Debate

Raising the retirement age conflicts with international mandate
Committee chair Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) discusses the FAA Reauthorization Act.
Regulations and Government

AOPA Sees Red over Super Bowl Event Pricing

Aircraft arriving in Vegas this week will be hit with costly special event fees
Private jets lined up on ramp at KLAS
Regulations and Government

Senate Commerce To Consider Long-term FAA Bill

Controversy remains over effort to increase airline retirment age
U.S. capitol building

FAA To Hand Out Nearly $250M in AIP Grants in 2024

Package includes 153 grants for airports in 37 U.S. states
Detroit area Willow Run Airport (KYIP)
Regulations and Government

DOT Offers Charter Waivers for Presidential Election

Waiver eases per-seat restriction on charters during election travel
White House (National Park Service)

EBAA, GAMA Urge Increased Tempo for SAF Adoption

The two aviation groups are advocating for an aggressive timeline towards 100 percent SAF use
Business jet being fueled with SAF
Regulations and Government

House Approves Bonus Depreciation Extension

Tax act would restore 100 percent depreciation for aircraft
U.S. Capitol
Regulations and Government

ALPA President: Industry-led Push for Reduced-crew Flights Threatens Aviation

President Jason Ambrosi spoke out this week
ALPA president Jason Ambrosi speaks to Air Line Pilots Association International.
Regulations and Government

Transport Canada Looks To Update SMS Regs

Change aligns rules to ICAO-recommended standards
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Tata and Airbus To Start Helicopter Production in India

H125 final assembly line will be Airbus' second manufacturing plant in the country
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury (left) and N. Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons, confirm their partnership to build a helicopter final assembly line in India.