A recent study of non-military multi-engine jet aircraft bird encounters over a 30-year period has resulted in proposed revisions to the engine bird ingestion airworthiness standards of Part 33. According to the FAA, the study showed 340 bird-ingestion events out of 325 million departures.
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NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed concern about the FAA’s June notice requiring the addition of a 15-percent landing-distance safety margin. NBAA and NATA believe that the FAA is bypassing the normal regulatory process.
The FAA is expected to push back “a few weeks” the implementation dates for the 15-percent runway safety margin requirement. A four-week delay, for example, would require air carriers to submit compliance procedures to their POI by October 1, with implementation required by November 1.
The NTSB on Friday released to the FAA its formal recommendations (A-06-42 and A-06-43) resulting from its investigation into the fatal crash of a Challenger 600 during takeoff from Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004.
New and revised performance and handling qualities requirements for normal- (Part 27) and transport-category (Part 29) rotorcraft have been proposed.
The FAA is moving forward with a plan to release Charter Operations Specifications A008 (OpSpec 008) and associated guidance on August 31.
The FAA has granted, with conditions, Raytheon Aircraft’s request that the Hawker 4000 be temporarily exempted from having to meet certain Part 25 fuel tank ignition and hydraulic system performance amendments to enable the aircraft to receive type certification (TC) by year-end. Under the conditions of the exemptions, the aircraft will still have to meet certain provisions of both amendments before the FAA will issue the TC.
In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget this week, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) requested the agency's intervention to ensure that the new FAA policy requiring landing performance assessments before landing, including a new requirement for a mandatory 15-percent margin, for fractional and charter jets complies with all statutory requirements.
Lockheed Martin is expected soon to make a surprise announcement about its bid for the FAA's forthcoming ADS-B contract, said to be valued at around $2 billion over its lifetime. The surprise will be Lockheed's recruitment of Sensis and Rannoch as team members; both are leading ADS-B ground station manufacturers that previously have been strong competitors.
General aviation operators at New York La Guardia Airport who are waiting eagerly for the expiration next January 1 of the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule shouldn't hold their breath.