The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication version of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANRPM) on lead in avgas. The ANPRM signals the agency’s intent to investigate lead emissions from general aviation aircraft further under the regulatory processes of the Clean Air Act. This ANPRM is a first step in a process that might lead eventually to regulations concerning the use of lead as an additive in avgas.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is tackling the process to implement new rules for operations in Europe in April 2012. Business aviation is involved in the rulemaking, notably through review groups. EASA-OPS will replace current EU-OPS, JAR-OPS and national rules.
New rules governing flight- and duty-time limitations and rest requirements for Part 121 pilots are still a work in progress, according to FAA associate administrator for aviation safety Margaret Gilligan, who testified at a hearing before the Senate aviation subcommittee early last month.
While the business aviation community may have been hoping that the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) would go away, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified last month that the TSA plans to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) “before the end of 2010.”
The FAA has acknowledged that new rules governing fatigue for Part 121 pilots are still a work in progress, despite the labors of the flight- and duty-time limitations and rest requirements aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) chartered by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt in June.
After the Transportation Security Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for FAA-certified Part 145 repair station security on November 17, comments from those affected started accumulating in the public docket.
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and four cosponsors have introduced S.2745 to ban the use of personal wireless communications devices or laptop computers in Part 121 cockpits, but general aviation would not be affected.
A bipartisan group of congressmen has introduced a bill that would modify the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) authority to issue security directives (SD) without notice or public input.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) early next year. It will incorporate feedback from pilots, airport officials and others received during the rulemaking’s initial public comment period in late 2008.