Concerned by its findings between 1998 and 2003 involving airline pilots, the FAA late last year proposed to amend airman medical standards so that a refusal to submit to a required drug or alcohol test would result in revocation or disqualification of an airman medical certificate. Only about 20 comments were submitted.
In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published today, the DOT is seeking input from interested parties on a 2006 NTSB recommendation calling for air taxi’s to be required to disclose operational control information to customers. The recommendation stems from the Safety Board’s investigation into the crash of a Challenger 600 at Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 24, 2004.
The final report of the FAA/industry rulemaking age-60 committee is now posted on the agency’s Web site. The committee was unable to reach consensus on whether to increase the mandatory retirement age of 60 for airline pilots. The report can be viewed and downloaded at www.faa.gov/media/Final_Age_60_ARC_Report_11_29_2006.pdf.
November 25 is the comment deadline for FAA’s proposed guidance on business aircraft wet leases.
Tomorrow is the deadline on the second of two notices of proposed rulemaking to ease fuel-spill prevention, control and containment (SPCC) rules for fuel trucks and fuel farms. Under the proposal, fuel suppliers will no longer be required to have “sized secondary containment,” removing the mandate that fuel trucks must be parked in special containment or “bermed” areas when not in service.
In an effort to encourage users to take advantage of its online Event Reporting safety-management system, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) recently eliminated the $300 subscription fee and made the system free to anyone who wants to use it.
Nine months later than planned, the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for repair stations that would revise the system of ratings and require Part 145-certified repair stations to establish a quality assurance program.
While safety is at the top of her list of priorities, new Transportation Secretary Mary Peters told the third annual FAA International Aviation Safety Forum early last month that President Bush has charged her with modernizing the U.S. ATC system, “including new approaches to funding to deal with our aging infrastructure.”
For operators of older bizliners with a maximum payload of 7,500 pounds or more, spring will bring more than warm temperatures and budding trees. Continuing its aging aircraft program, the FAA is preparing two rulemaking actions it expects to issue this spring.
Special requirements for transport-category airplanes used as business/VIP jets are being developed by the FAA.