As opposition continued to mount against a plan to make the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) permanent, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced at the AOPA Expo that he has extended the comment period deadline from November 2 to February 6.
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The FAA’s proposal to modify St. Louis Class B airspace mitigates much of the effect on general aviation thanks to early input from general aviation interests. Modifications are needed to protect instrument procedures for new Runway 11/29 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, expected to be commissioned next April.
The regulatory role of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) might expand into instrument and type ratings, as well as maintenance checks, following the Canadian government’s notice on November 22 of amendments to the country’s oversight rules for business aircraft operators. Effective Jan. 1, 2003, Transport Canada gave the CBAA the authority to approve and monitor the country’s private operators.
Before leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday, Congress approved Fiscal Year 2006 funding for the FAA totaling approximately $13.8 billion, which is $276 million more than the current year and more than $1.1 billion higher than President Bush’s request. The bill language contains no user fees, but general aviation organizations have warned that the battle is far from over. FY2006 will expire on September 30.
— Following tradition, Congress escaped Washington’s heat and humidity by taking its customary recess in August. Left pending was President Bush’s nomination of John Roberts Jr., to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who retired. That gave the Democrats time to take potshots at the nominee’s previous court records and opinions and the press time to dig into his past as part of the media vetting process.
The deadline for commenting on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plan to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to some general aviation operations ended on September 19, with just over a dozen responses from the industry.
As the FAA wrestles with how to generate a stable and predictable revenue stream to fund its operations, the head of the Air Transport Association (ATA) went before a Senate panel to request a one-year reprieve from the 4.3-cent federal tax on jet fuel.
– Among the after-effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was a flood of Congressional bills to provide relief to the communities and people devastated by the storms. Cost estimates range up to $300 billion, and legislators showed passing concern about where the money would come from and the effect such funding would have on other government programs.
The FAA’s Flight Technologies and Procedures Division will host its second annual New Technologies Implementation Workshop from November 29 to December 1 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va. The event will focus on innovations aimed at improving airspace efficiency and safety, according to the workshop program.
How accurate are the NTSB’s published general aviation accident rate statistics and related data? Not accurate enough, according to the Safety Board.