The FAA is requesting public comments on the usefulness of airport advisory services now available at 20 airports in the continental U.S. The agency does not give a reason why it’s asking for comments, but it could be collecting data to help decide whether the cost of continuing the service is justified.
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Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) has asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2. Early last year Tancredo asked the FAA to ground the turboprop twin “due to its shockingly high accident rate.” In lieu of grounding the aircraft, Tancredo agreed with Mitsubishi that the FAA should mandate a type rating.
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) last month introduced H.R. 2787, legislation that would restore to the FAA the mission of promoting aviation in addition to safety. In 1996 Congress stripped the FAA of that responsibility due to concerns that the agency was becoming too cozy with the industry it regulates.
The saga surrounding European approval for commercial operation of single-engine aircraft in IMC (SEIMC) continues. Late last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was preparing “in the next few days” to invite proposals for a new year-long study that it hoped to launch by year-end.
The City of Chicago settled an FAA enforcement action that arose after it bulldozed Meigs Field’s runway on March 30, 2003. The city agreed to pay $33,000, assessed for failure to provide advance notice of changes to the airport, although under terms of the settlement the city admits no violation.
The Quebec government will provide Montreal-based Pratt & Whitney Canada $250 million in “reimbursable support” for research and development over the next three years. The company said it will use the money for jet engine design, validation and integration, as well as for improving engine performance, reducing weight and lowering customer costs.
The FAA has rejected all four proposals the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) made to limit traffic at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Anthony Coscia, PANYNJ chairman, made the recommendations at a hearing of the senate legislative oversight committee on June 20.
• The House of Representatives approved appropriations for Fiscal Year 2006 for the Department of Transportation. The House bill allocates to the FAA $14.4 billion for operations, $3.6 billion for the Airport Improvement Program, $25 million to hire some 600 new air traffic controllers and $8 million to add more safety inspectors in the aircraft certification and flight standards offices.
Carol Carmody left the NTSB in April after nearly five years as a member, two of them as vice chairman. During that time she served twice as the Safety Board’s acting chairman.
The European Union (EU) has approved a joint bid from two groups that previously had competed against each other for the contract to run the $4 billion Galileo satellite navigation system.