In the continuing saga of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) versus the FAA’s drug testing policy, the FAA employed an unanticipated evasive maneuver.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has sided with the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) against the FAA as reported last week.
According to NBAA, the NTSB recently released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and wants input on the rules of procedure for the NTSB’s review of certificate actions taken by the FAA.
Jan. 5, 2011:
Safety Systems for
Part 139 Certified Airports
The FAA will extend the comment period for the Airport Safety Management System (SMS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which had been scheduled to end on Jan. 7, 2011. The proposed rule seeks to require all airports certified under Part 139 to develop and implement an SMS program to cover all non-movement areas of the airport, including tenant ramps. The comment period is now extended until March 7.
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.
Baldwin Aviation of Hilton Head Island, S.C., a developer of flight department safety management systems (SMS), introduced a Web-based program, SMSlite, at the NBAA Convention. The program is designed for operators that have already met the registration requirements for International Standard for Business Aviation Organizations (IS-BAO).
The FAA has assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) the new task of reviewing and submitting recommendations in response to the agency’s intent to “update, reorganize and improve the level of safety of requirements for flammability of materials.” Because the task could result in “a significant change” to the type certification requirements, the FAA is “interested in obtaining international harmonization.” To this end,
Ever wished you could tell the FAA that some regulation is outdated or doesn’t make sense? You can, and the agency has a little-known means to do it.
The Department of Transportation is planning to issue a notice of proposed