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.
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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.
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Policy intended to clarify the definition of “actively engaged” for purposes of issuing and renewing the A&P Inspection Authorization. The proposal, which was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 5, 2010, would amend the aviation safety inspector guidance found in the Flight Standards Information Management System, FAA Order 8900.1.
For Middle Eastern aircraft operators that make even a handful of short flights into European airspace, there's no escaping the countdown to the European Union's contentious emissions trading scheme (ETS). The carbon credits scheme goes into full effect just over a year from now on Jan.
In comments submitted to the FAA regarding the proposed flight-duty and rest requirements for Part 121 operators, both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) question the agency’s apparent intent to apply these requirements for Part 121 operations to Part 135 charter operations. The alphabet groups warned that a “one size fits all” regulatory approach to pilot fatigue rules for Part 121 and 135 will simply not work.
Gulfstream International Group, the parent company of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Gulfstream International Airlines, entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month in an effort to restructure its debt and secure long-term financing. Gulfstream said it has arranged for up to $5 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Chicago-based Victory Park Capital Advisors and that it anticipates no effect on its flight schedules.
As of November 18, Bermuda is requiring all foreign operators of business aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds to have a safety management system (SMS) and meet other requirements under ICAO Annex 6.2.3.
The FAA last month announced a proposed rule that would require all U.S. pilot certificates to include a photo of the certificate holder. Under the proposal, pilots would obtain a new photo certificate valid for eight years, after which they would need to update their photo and obtain a new certificate.
A six-year-old Australian law that requires international operators of jet aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds mtow to have a Transport Security Program (TSP) recently received new attention from NBAA. Australia’s Aviation Transport Security Act stipulates a penalty of more than Aus $20,000 if an operator, which includes charter and some privately flown jets, flies in “air service” without a TSP.
While the FAA has filed a “difference” explaining that it does not have a formal safety management system (SMS) rule for aircraft operators, despite the ICAO November 18 deadline that is now passed, it is in the process of SMS rulemaking.