FAA Operational Control Workshops Under Way
Top FAA lawyers and flight standards specialists met with charter companies yesterday in Las Vegas in the first of 10 air-taxi operational control workshops. The FAA explained the need to help the charter industry understand regulatory requirements for operational control and discussed planned new requirements for charter Opspecs A008, which will replace Notice 8400.83 issued last June. The operational control issue emphasizes precisely who is accountable for the safety of a charter flight. This issue developed after the Darby Aviation/Platinum Jet Challenger 600 accident at Teterboro, N.J., on February last year and following other FAA enforcement actions against companies flying illegal charters. "What Darby and Platinum did was not right," said Joe Conte, manager of special programs at the FAA Office of the Chief Counsel. After the series of industry meetings, the FAA hopes to release a revised Opspecs A008 in August. For more information about upcoming meeting dates and locations, see www.nbaa.org and www.nata.aero.