The Air Charter Association of North America hosted an open forum yesterday at the NBAA Convention on the U.S. DOT’s impending notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) aimed at air charter brokers. The DOT has been developing the regulations to ensure transparency for air charter customers, but has delayed release of the NPRM. At the Acana forum, a panel of air charter experts provided an overview of what is and isn’t known about the rules that will be proposed.
Notice of proposed rulemaking
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is asking repair station operators to participate in a survey about the impact that complying with the FAA’s Part 145 repair station NPRM will have on their business.
The Air Charter Association of North America (Acana) will hold an open forum about the U.S. DOT’s soon-to-be-released notice of proposed rulemaking for the charter broker/operator industry at the NBAA Convention on October 30 in Room N220B from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Acana said it will be discussing the four main factors behind the FAA proposal, as well as NTSB recommendations that are going to be included in the NPRM.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the Cessna 750’s auxiliary power unit DC generator prompted by overvoltage events. The AD requires replacing the APU generator control unit to prevent DC generator overvoltage events, which could result in smoke in the cockpit and loss of avionics and electrical systems. On June 25 a notice of proposed rulemaking was issued proposing the APU generator control unit be replaced and the public was given the opportunity to comment.
The final deadline to comment on the NPRM to revise regulations governing FAA-certified repair stations has been extended to November 19 this year. The extension results from formal requests from repair stations and industry associations. The agency offers a variety of comment delivery options.
The FAA has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to adopt a new airworthiness directive for the Bombardier CL-600 series, including the Challenger 601, 601-3A, 601-3R and 604. It is prompted by reports of cracking found on the upper and lower web of the engine support beam.
The draft FAA rule that will provide a regulatory framework for operating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) of about 55 pounds or less in unrestricted airspace will likely limit those aircraft to flying 400 feet agl or below, within visual line of sight of an observer on the ground and during day VMC. The “sense-and-avoid” aspect of keeping safe separation from other aircraft will be provided by a ground observer, said Ted Wierzbanowski, chairman of ASTM International Committee F38, which is developing UAS standards under an agreement with the FAA.
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is contemplating filing a lawsuit challenging the mandatory North Shore VFR helicopter route over New York’s Long Island that the FAA recently enacted. The route becomes effective August 6 and has drawn fire from operators because a substantial portion of it is over water.
On May 21 the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 145 repair stations intended to “modernize the regulations to keep pace with current industry standards and practices.” The new rules revise repair station ratings, certification requirements and how repair stations serve airlines.
The eagerly awaited proposed changes to the FAA’s Part 145 rules that govern repair stations domestically and abroad are finally out. Talk about years in the making! Twenty-three years if we go back to the first public hearings in 1989, a mere 13 from the 1999 issuance of the original NPRM that first proposed many of these same requirements.