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.

May 18, 2014 - 11:00am

After a five-year fight for justice, Vienna, Austria-based aviation services provider International Jet Management (IJM) has prevailed against German authorities in a precedent-setting ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The ECJ, Europe’s highest court, was asked by a German court whether fines against IJM and others by German authorities were contrary to European law. The result that they are will almost certainly mean that IJM wins its long-running battle over non-discrimination.

May 17, 2014 - 2:00am
MEBAA chairman Ali Al Naqbi has played a key role in dealing with regional business aviation issues.  (Photo: Peter Shaw-Smith)

The Middle East Business Aviation Association’s efforts to help regulators take the initiative on pressing business aviation issues in the region, such as oversight and the gray-charter market, have helped to create debate in the Gulf, a market that is one of the most important to aircraft manufacturers.

May 15, 2014 - 2:15pm

AOPA is celebrating its 75th anniversary today. Concerned that the growing influence of military air power would eclipse general aviation, five founders gathered on May 15, 1939, to establish AOPA, electing C. Townsend Ludington as the association’s first president. Then, as now, AOPA’s primary mission was to protect the freedom to fly for the growing population of general aviation pilots and aircraft owners. Today, AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives in Frederick, Md.; Washington, D.C.; Wichita; and seven regions across the U.S.

May 13, 2014 - 3:28pm

At 0300 UTC tomorrow, Brazil is opening registration for business aviation slots during the 2014 World Cup, which will take place from June 12 through July 13 at 12 cities across the country. Civil aviation administration agency ANAC also announced fines of up to $40,000 and even suspension of pilot certificates if commercial and general aviation flights don’t comply with the slot restrictions.

May 8, 2014 - 3:15pm

A new European Commission regulation that takes effect on May 26 requires commercial air transport (CAT) operators from outside the European Union to obtain a single EU-wide safety authorization to fly to, from or within the EU. CAT operators comprise all non-EU airlines and charter operators, including U.S. Part 135 operations.

May 7, 2014 - 4:25am

Oil & Gas UK, the lobbying association that represents UK oil and gas companies–especially the ones operating production platforms in the North Sea–has expressed doubts about the review the UK CAA published in February.

May 6, 2014 - 3:30pm

The city of Santa Monica has embarked on a two-prong approach to step up its efforts to curtail flight operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California. This latest effort from the city’s airport commission on Wednesday addressed legal issues surrounding a proposed recommendation to limit emissions from aircraft operating at SMO.

May 6, 2014 - 3:15pm

Aviation associations are mourning the loss of former Rep. Jim Oberstar, a staunch advocate for general aviation (GA) who represented Minnesota’s 8th district for a quarter century. His district included Cirrus Aircraft. Oberstar died on Friday at the age of 79.

May 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

Several aviation industry groups, including NBAA, expressed strong support for two Senate security bills: S.1893, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act; and S.1804, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act. The former would streamline the TSA’s acquisition process and allow for better congressional oversight of TSA resources.

May 6, 2014 - 2:55pm

The FAA announced today that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational. It has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a certificate of waiver or authorization (COA) authorizing flights by an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS test range in Fairbanks. The COA is effective for two years, and the team began wildlife flight operations today.

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