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.

August 12, 2013 - 9:00am
Rockwell Collins

“There are always challenges to flying internationally,” said Tim Bartholomew, manager of international trip support for Rockwell Collins Ascend Flight Information Solutions (Stand 2007). And while those challenges may change from one day to the next, he and others see the process slowly becoming more and more efficient.

August 3, 2013 - 12:35am
Dense, continuous smoke in the cockpit is a rare occurrence.

Responding to a mandate from Congress to study the FAA’s oversight of cockpit smoke mitigation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that dense, continuous smoke occurs so infrequently that it was not practical for the GAO to reach a conclusion about the effectiveness of the FAA’s actions.

According to the watchdog agency, the NTSB and the FAA identified no accidents or incidents between 2002 and 2012 involving dense, continuous smoke in the cockpit.

August 1, 2013 - 1:38am
ALPA International president Lee Moak, second from right, makes a point during a discussion of NextGen funding. (Photo: Paul Lowe)

Several decades ago there was an advertisement with three elderly ladies in a fast-food joint. They look at a burger and ask, “Where’s the beef?” One panelist at a NextGen symposium hosted by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) International and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in late June suggested that selling NextGen to the end users may present a similar perception problem. “Where is the hype?” he asked. “I just don’t see the hype.”

July 15, 2013 - 11:40am

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is defending its plan to establish a customs pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport staffed by its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency but mostly funded by the host UAE government. Airline industry groups contend the facility will mainly benefit Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi’s government-owned airline, and place U.S.

July 12, 2013 - 2:37pm

A recently completed audit by the Transportation Department’s inspector general has found that the FAA’s Civil Aviation Registry does not provide all of the information needed for aviation safety and security measures. According to the DOT IG, the FAA lacks the information it needs on the identity of non-citizen aircraft owners and has incomplete information on pilot certifications.

July 9, 2013 - 2:40pm

The Bahamas government has instituted new private aviation tariffs consisting of a $50 per landing and departure fee for private aircraft and $75 per landing and departure fee for commercial operators. The landing charges are also imposed for technical fuel stops. The new fees took effect last week. In addition the passenger departure tax was recently raised to $25 per person, including children older than 6.

July 3, 2013 - 12:45am

After investigating three accidents in which airplanes inadvertently collided with meteorological evaluation towers (METs), resulting in four fatalities, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require that all METs be registered, marked and lighted where feasible.

METs are temporary structures used to measure wind speed and direction during the development of wind energy generator facilities. They can be erected quickly and, depending on their location, without notice to the local aviation community.

July 1, 2013 - 3:35am

With President Obama’s FAA budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 awaiting action by Congress, 11 aviation organizations signed a joint letter to the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations committees calling for continued funding for contract air traffic control towers.

June 20, 2013 - 11:50am
From left to right: Eric Dautriat, executive director, Clean Sky Joint Undertaking; Ray Kingcombe, head of technology, Aerospace Marine & Defence Unit, UK; Ron van Manen, Clean Sky technology evaluation officer and project officer, Clean Sky 2; Massimo Lucchesini, Chairman, Clean Sky, and General Manager COO, Alenia Aermacchi; and Manuela Soares, Director Transport, Research and Innovation, European Commission.

At an open conference held yesterday at the Paris Air Show, Clean Sky officials discussed Clean Sky 2–the next step in the program. Primary objectives are to complete Europe’s 2000 Clean Sky joint technology initiative and move forward with the next phase.

June 20, 2013 - 10:55am
Rizwan Ramakdawala, senior aerospace engineer with the U.S. Defense Technology Security Administration (left), and Donald Beck, defense controls analyst with the State Department directorate of defense trade controls

Rizwan Ramakdawala, senior aerospace engineer with the U.S. Defense Technology Security Administration (left), and Donald Beck, defense controls analyst with the State Department directorate of defense trade controls, participated in an export control and reform panel on Tuesday in the U.S. Pavilion. The panel discussed revised export controls for aircraft and gas-turbine engines that took effect in April.

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