FAA officials at a meeting last month told representatives from key industry organizations, including the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), that guidance for a new drug testing rule would be released in “the coming weeks.” The new drug and alcohol testing rules, with a delayed effective date of October 10, pertain to maintenance contractors and subcontractors for Part 121 and 135 operators (FAR 135.251 and 135.253).
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An onerous legislative proposal to mandate emissions monitoring at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Southern California was rejected by the state senate. California Assembly Bill 2501 would have required the airport to record the time that turbine engines run during ground operations at Santa Monica Airport so that exhaust emissions could be measured.
The comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primarily in large commercial transport aircraft (those with an mtow of more than 75,000 pounds) has been pushed from July 17 to September 18. The NPRM is one of several rulemaking actions that are part of the FAA’s aging-aircraft program.
Comments are due August 14 on proposed changes to U.S. Customs requirements for air carriers, including Part 135 air-taxi operators, to transmit passenger manifests on international flights. Operators would have to submit complete international passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure for flights both inbound to and outbound from the U.S.
Revised performance and handling requirements for normal- (Part 27) and transport-category (Part 29) rotorcraft have been proposed.
September 18 is the comment deadline on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primarily in large commercial transport aircraft (those with mtow of more than 75,000 pounds). The NPRM is one of several rulemaking actions that are part of the FAA’s aging-aircraft program.
The NTSB wants the FAA to attend immediately to “deficiencies” in the cold-weather operating procedures for Saab 340s, as well as the aircraft’s performance in icing conditions. Specifically, the Board recommends that Saab 340 pilots maintain a minimum operating airspeed of 1.45 Vs before known or forecast icing conditions and during icing encounters.
The long-anticipated type certification of the Hawker 4000 (née Horizon) super-midsize business jet was imminent at press time–but only if the FAA approved Raytheon Aircraft’s requests for exemptions from two significant FAR amendments. Without these approvals, the company said, “Another delay may result in completing type certification and delivery of the Model 4000.” The FAA on June 30 published
According to Brian Finnegan, president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), the two-year IA renewal increases technician flexibility and reduces cost.
September 25 is the effective date for an AD aimed at owners of the Sandel ST3400 terrain awareness and warning system/radio magnetic indicator (TAWS/RMI). The directive (AD 2006-16-18) was prompted by a report of in-flight bearing error caused by input signal fault and software error. Operators are required to install new software and placard the unit until the upgrade is installed.