Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, which services the MU-2 fleet outside Japan, expressed its approval and cooperation with the FAA’s safety evaluation of MU-2s and has hired former NTSB investigator Greg Feith to assist the agency in its review.
Federal Aviation Administration
As the FAA wrestles with how to generate a stable and predictable revenue stream to fund its operations, the head of the Air Transport Association (ATA) went before a Senate panel to request a one-year reprieve from the 4.3-cent federal tax on jet fuel.
Aviation differs from other forms of transportation in a number of ways. One that stands out is our collection and use of operational data on everything from what we load into the baggage compartment to the weight of the fuel we upload and of the passengers we board.
The FAA’s Flight Technologies and Procedures Division will host its second annual New Technologies Implementation Workshop from November 29 to December 1 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va. The event will focus on innovations aimed at improving airspace efficiency and safety, according to the workshop program.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserts that certain FAA ATC systems are vulnerable to attack by “disgruntled current or former employees who are familiar with these (proprietary protection) features, nor will they keep out more sophisticated hackers.”
A new chapter in civil aviation history opened recently when the FAA issued the first airworthiness certificate for a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the General Atomics Altair. But the operating restrictions on the UAV should limit any interference with civil aircraft and ATC.
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) is urging Congress to resist all attempts to “raid” the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, including airline industry calls for new tax breaks, and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) reiterated its preference for having general aviation contribute to the fund through taxes on aviation fuels.
An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA is scheduled at the agency’s northeast regional office on November 1. The purpose of the get-together is to discuss the FAA’s proposed $1.86 million penalty against the company for its alleged FAR violations in connection with the February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport, N.J., in which a Challenger 600 crashed following an aborted takeoff.
The FAA on November 14 will implement its organization delegation authorization (ODA) program, which will replace the current designee program. The new ODA program, proposed in January last year, expands the functions that designees may perform, permits non-FAA-certified individuals and organizations to become designees and eliminates the existing designee categories.
The FAA has approved handling agent Air Routing International to file and amend business aircraft flight plans directly with the agency’s Host ATC system. The Houston-based company says the approval will increase the efficiency of its flight-planning operations.