The FAA is inviting comments on final changes to U.S. aircraft registry rules that are to take effect later this year under the Cape Town Treaty. The treaty clears the way for a new international registry and covers all fixed-wing aircraft certified to carry eight or more people (including crew) and helicopters carrying at least five people, as well as aircraft engines of at least 550 hp.
The FAA has revised the regulations covering temporary flight restrictions by creating a separate set of conditions to cover sporting events and airshows (new FAR 91.145) and revising the existing rules to apply only to disaster and hazard areas (retitled FAR 91.137).
Still unclear at press time was how Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 91 will affect general aviation, particularly business aircraft and private aircraft with mtows exceeding 12,500 lb.
At present, the most that can be said about the FAA’s intention to have an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) assist in rewriting FAR Parts 135 and 125 is that it is a work in progress.
The first ARC was formed several years ago and dealt with developing FARs that would apply to fractional jet operations. After lengthy deliberations, the new FAR–Part 91 Subpart K–was promulgated and instituted.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) issued a call to action last week related to maintenance issues for charter operators. The association wants members to complete a survey related to the issue of FAR Part 135 maintenance of aircraft with more than nine versus nine or fewer seats.
Operators who own a share of a fractional aircraft are to be given the same Cape Town Treaty protection as sole owners have had since March 2006. They are to be included in the International Registry of Mobile Assets (IRMA), which provides a single universal point of reference and record, and was set up under the treaty (which comprises the Cape Town Convention and the related Protocol on Aircraft Assets).
Implementing safety management systems (SMS) and developing operator decision-making skills are imperative to improving the accident record for helicopters. That was the message more than 100 helicopter pilots, crewmembers and industry managers heard at the third annual Helicopter Safety Forum, co-sponsored by FlightSafety International and Rotor & Wing magazine, held this year in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Operators who own a share of an aircraft are to be included in the International Registry of Mobile Assets (IRMA), giving them the same Cape Town Treaty protection sole owners have had since March 2006. IRMA management company Aviareto plans to announce this month that it will permit registration of multiple owners in a single aircraft.
Anyone who has purchased an aircraft or airplane engine knows the process is complicated, especially when you consider the mountain of paperwork through which buyers and sellers are often required to navigate. Add in changes in the registration process and you’re sure to find more than one confused aircraft seller, buyer or broker.
After a Hendrick Motorsports King Air 200 crashed into Bull Mountain on Oct. 24, 2004, while attempting a missed approach at Martinsville/Blue Ridge Airport in Virginia, Nascar race team flight departments took a fresh look at the safety of their operations.