More Operational Control Workshops Scheduled
Starting with a session next Tuesday in Van Nuys, Calif., the FAA has scheduled seven more briefings on its proposed guidance policy on air carrier operational control, wet leasing of charter aircraft, charter broker relationships and the use of “fictitious” business names, known as DBAs (doing business as). FAA lawyers and flight standards specialists will meet with charter companies to discuss these issues and the agency’s planned new charter Operations Specifications A008, which will replace Notice 8400.83 published last June. These issues surfaced after the Darby Aviation/Platinum Jet Challenger 600 accident at Teterboro, N.J., in February last year and following other FAA enforcement actions against companies flying allegedly illegal charters. The FAA hopes to release a revised OpSpecs A008 in August. The next six briefings are set for May 23, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; May 25, Atlanta; June 7, Anchorage, Alaska; June 13, Chicago; June 20, Seattle; and June 29, Dallas. For more information see www.nbaa.org and www.nata.aero.