Regulations and Government

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

July 4, 2014 - 2:10am

The FAA’s Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) have a backlog of applications for certificates that concerns the Department of Transportation Inspector General’s Office. As of last October, 1,029 new air operator, flight school and repair station applicants awaited certificates from FSDOs across all eight FAA regions, with 138 applications delayed longer than three years, the IG reported to Congress on June 12.

July 1, 2014 - 1:30pm

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has released a draft of a new Pilot’s Bill of Rights. “The goal of Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 is to continue addressing unfair practices and regulations toward the aviation industry,” Inhofe said.

June 24, 2014 - 2:50pm

An NPRM from the Treasury Department on the assessment of federal excise taxes (FET) in the aircraft management industry could be issued as early as August, according to Jorge Castro, a consultant to the National Air Transportation Association. Speaking at the group’s annual Air Charter Summit in Washington, D.C., last week, he told the audience that dialog has heated up between the Internal Revenue Service and FAA regarding regulation of the FET laws.

June 24, 2014 - 2:35pm

At its annual Air Charter Summit last week, the National Air Transportation Association gave an update on the EASA’s third country operator (TCO) regulation, which took effect last month.

June 24, 2014 - 2:15pm

The FAA has extended the expiration date of the final rule requiring civil helicopter pilots to use the New York North Shore Helicopter Route when flying VFR along the north shore of Long Island. The current rule was scheduled to expire on August 6 this year but the FAA extended it for two more years to preserve the current operating environment while it determines whether use of the route should be permanently mandatory.

June 19, 2014 - 3:20pm

Sustained investment in airport infrastructure and a continuing view of all airports as part of a national aviation-transportation network are paramount to maintaining America’s world-leading aviation system, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told U.S. lawmakers yesterday at a House aviation subcommittee hearing on airport financing and development.

June 19, 2014 - 3:10pm

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen praised the leaders of the House General Aviation Caucus on Tuesday for their continued support of “one of America’s greatest industries,” and repeated opposition to proposals that would be harmful to general aviation. “General aviation provides more than 1.2 million jobs–good manufacturing and service jobs–and also supports tens of thousands of American businesses,” he explained to a capacity crowd in a Capitol Hill hearing room.

June 17, 2014 - 3:15pm

General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce briefed members of the U.S. House General Aviation Caucus today on two issues the group considers important to the future of general aviation: the Part 23 certification rewrite and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Caucus co-chairs Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) invited Bunce to participate as part of a series of briefings the caucus is holding with key government and industry leaders to raise awareness of general aviation issues.

June 17, 2014 - 3:15pm

Wayne Rizzi, the owner of 20-year-old air charter broker Air Royale International, pleaded guilty yesterday to “willfully failing to pay over collected Federal Excise Taxes [FET] to the IRS.” The IRS said that from Oct. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2010 Air Royale collected FET from its customers totaling $489,784, but passed on only $29,286 of this amount to the agency.

June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the transportation appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015, which starts October 1, to move toward a floor vote for the entire chamber. If passed as written, the bill would provide $15.86 billion to the FAA in FY2015, $580 million more than the Obama Administration’s request.

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