The first China Helicopter Exposition was scheduled to be held in Tianjin from September 15 to 18. Organizers expected approximately 200 exhibitors, including all major helicopter manufacturers. AOPA China’s helicopter fly-in, scheduled for September 22 through 24, was postponed after the fatal crash of a Beijing City Police Department helicopter raised questions about airspace accessibility.
The House Homeland Security Committee was expected to take action last month on the “Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011,” which will establish an industry committee within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to advise the assistant secretary of Homeland Security on aviation security matters.
The European Commission is refusing to back down over the implementation of its controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS), even in the face of possible new legislation that would make it illegal for U.S. aircraft operators to comply with its requirements.
It took the furloughing of 4,000 “nonessential” FAA employees and the idling of 70,000 airport construction workers for the Senate to finally vote on the 21st extension of FAA programs and funding early last month.
A group of Democratic senators sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner last month asking him to appoint conferees to FAA reauthorization talks before the current temporary extension expires on September 16.
U.S. air carriers will be prohibited from employing former FAA safety inspectors for a two-year period by terms of a final rule that takes effect October 21. The new FAA rule is a byproduct of an incident in which inspectors overseeing Southwest Airlines were found to be too friendly with the airline.
General Aviation Manufacturers Association president Pete Bunce decried President Obama’s “negative rhetoric” about the GA industry during a rally last month in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
CRS Jet Spares is expanding its customer property overhaul program to include services such as additional technical resources and new capabilities from members of the CRS preferred vendors network. Vendors qualify for inclusion after having been approved through the AS9120/ISO9001 quality management process. “The CPO program is particularly important for the small flight department.
Defense spending cuts of some $350 billion over the next decade contained in the new debt-limit legislation passed by the U.S. Congress correspond with the numbers expected from an earlier goal advanced by President Obama. But the Pentagon leadership described the potential of $600 billion more in automatic spending cuts as disastrous.
A group of Democratic senators sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday asking him to appoint conferees to FAA reauthorization talks before the current temporary extension expires on September 16.