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.

October 22, 2013 - 8:00am
Janine K. Iannarelli

Janine Iannarelli, president of Par Avion aircraft consulting, based in Houston, Texas, has weathered the storm, but after 17 days with international deals on hold she wasn’t excited by the solutions the U.S. Congress and executive branch came up with to deal with its debt and budget problems.

The way Iannarelli tells it, when the FAA aircraft registry shut down, sales deals shut down with it. “New aircraft couldn’t be delivered and any transactions that needed the registry basically had to wait,” she explained to AIN.

October 21, 2013 - 10:20am

Indonesia’s civil aviation authority plans to reduce the number of airlines operating in the country from 53 to 28 following the failure of most of its carriers to satisfy a minimum fleet-size requirement by January. The requirement calls for all airlines, including charter and cargo operators, to operate no fewer than 10 airplanes each, five of which they must own.

The ruling, introduced in 2009, originally called for implementation on Jan. 12, 2012. The government extended the deadline by another year when smaller carriers appealed for more time.

October 7, 2013 - 3:25pm

Opponents of Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) seemed to have gotten the best of a deal reached at the general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that should lead to a global market-based mechanism (MBM) for curbing aircraft emissions by 2020. On October 4, the assembly endorsed a plan agreed late the previous day by ICAO’s executive committee calling for a detailed plan for the cap-and-trade MBM to be agreed at the UN body’s next general assembly ahead of full implementation in 2020.

October 7, 2013 - 3:10pm

The General Assembly of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) took place in Salzburg last week with a mixed picture of how airlines are managing, particularly with continued pressure from low-cost-carrier growth and regulatory burdens. In the ERA’s view, Europe has a major problem with central politicians who seem unable to understand the value of regional aviation that local politicians in its many outer regions have little problem appreciating.

October 4, 2013 - 12:20am

All aviation eyes were turned toward Montreal early this month as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) tries to get its arms around a worldwide plan to control jet aircraft emissions.

The big question is whether ICAO’s 191 member states can agree on a plan to curb emissions to the satisfaction of the European Union (EU), which has unilaterally crafted its own emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would capture not only EU aircraft, but also airplanes flying into, out of and through the 28 EU member states.

October 3, 2013 - 2:40am

AOPA is demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) halt indiscriminate stops of general aviation aircraft, and the association’s newly installed president, Mark Baker, spent much of his first week on the job meeting with members of Congress as they returned to work from their annual summer recess.

October 2, 2013 - 6:06pm

During day two of the U.S. government shutdown, 15,000 FAA employees were still off the job on furlough and the business aviation community appears to have found the early impact of the closure to be greater than anticipated with disruption to several important FAA functions that were not impacted by previous Federal government shutdowns.

October 1, 2013 - 2:38pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) yesterday that would regulate “air charter brokers.” The agency says it is undertaking this action “to protect consumers, ensuring that consumers of single-entity charter air transportation have adequate information about the operator of chartered aircraft and enumerating certain prohibited unfair and deceptive practices by air taxis and commuter air carriers.”

October 1, 2013 - 2:50am

Members of Congress drifted back to Capitol Hill last month after spending most of August and the first week in September on their annual summer vacations. Talk immediately turned to the situation in Syria and the specter of another round of sequestration.

One of the major orders of business they faced–with the September 30 end of the 2013 fiscal year looming–was how to fund the government for FY2014. One of the first tasks was approval of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government operating beyond October 1.

September 30, 2013 - 12:02pm

Prominent aviation industry figures fear that a list of priorities developed to keep the NextGen ATC modernization effort on track during a time of funding pressure and ongoing “sequestration” budget cuts in the U.S. could undermine the ambitious, two-decade effort.

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