The FAA finalized a rule that requires Part 135 operators to train pilots and flight attendants in crew resource management (CRM), finally responding to a 2003 NTSB recommendation. Under the final rule, unscheduled charter airlines, air taxis and other Part 135 operators must establish initial and recurrent CRM training for crewmembers within two years of the effective date.
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Last month key industry players expressed strong concerns about proposed FAA rule changes for helicopter operations, particular those governing emergency medical services (EMS) providers.
Revised rules for flight, duty and rest times for Part 121 flight crews are still several months away, according to the FAA. The agency received more than 1,000 comments on a proposal issued in September to modify the regulations governing how long pilots are on and off the job.
Both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association have called on the FAA to initiate a full rewrite of the Part 135 flight, duty and rest rules instead of relying on a new interpretation of flight time. NBAA said the FAA’s proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time is too significant for implementation simply by a notice of proposed interpretation.
The Court of Appeals of Quebec on January 11 summarily dismissed appeals by the state of Iraq and Iraqi Airways in the 20-year-old legal case brought by Kuwait Airways seeking damages for Iraq’s seizure of 10 airplanes and associated spares and records during its 1990 occupation of Kuwait. The case continues to prevent Bombardier from delivering the final six of an order for 10 CRJ900s placed by the government of Iraq in 2008.
Universal Weather & Aviation has unveiled an online portal aimed at making it easier for aircraft operators to prepare carbon emission reports for Europeπs emissions trading system.
Business aviation growth in Eastern Europe is bouncing back, according to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). New data presented at EBAAπs regional forum, ≥One Europe: A Roadmap for Aligning East and West,≤ held today in Vienna showed 2010 traffic throughout Eastern Europe rose 10 percent from a year ago. Ukraine alone showed an increase of more than 20 percent.
Major industry groups are expressing their displeasure with key sections of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) governing helicopter EMS operations. In formal comments filed last week with the FAA, they voiced objection to portions of the rule mandating helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTaws), IFR weather reporting and operational control centers.
The road to ADS-B may well be paved with good intentions, but for operators of smaller aircraft there could be some serious financial potholes ahead.