Controversial FAA regulations that would impose numerous new requirements on air-tour operators are one step closer to publication. The rulemaking, proposed in October 2003, is now under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The OMB’s review and approval is the last step before the FAA can publish the regulations as a final rule.
Seven months after the International Registry of Mobile Assets (IRMA) became effective, the controversial Web-based registry–known colloquially as the Cape Town Treaty–still has few fans and continues to create much confusion among business aviation users.
A North Carolina judge issued an injunction recently against charter facilitator CharterX, its new Wyvern Consulting charter audit unit and a former ARG/US employee for allegedly using proprietary information from ARG/US computers without the company's permission.
• Congress closed up shop on September 29, and November 13 was set as the date for what might be a lame-duck Congress to reconvene. The long interval freed legislators who are up for election to go to their home districts and do battle for votes. Democrats are hoping that the scandals surrounding Republican congressmen will influence voters to restore the Democrats to majorities in the House and Senate.
The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. impact) has ordered a single-turbine Enstrom 480B Guardian. The helicopter, which will be based in Pasadena, is expected to be delivered next month.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Faris last month denied Hawaiian Airlines’ request for a preliminary injunction to suspend inter-island service by Mesa Air Group’s Go! subsidiary, citing Hawaiian’s failure to meet the “stringent standard” required for such a severe measure.
AgustaWestland, the helicopter design and manufacturing company based in the UK and Italy, last month announced deliveries of the first AW139 and an A109 Grand to South Africa. The AW139 made its way via ferry flight from Milan, Italy, to Cape Town, South Africa, to join the static display at African Aerospace and Defence 2006. Outfitted with a VIP-configured interior, the helicopter stands out thanks to a special paint scheme.
U.S. bankruptcy court judge Gregory Kishel again gave Mesaba Airlines permission to impose contract terms on its pilots, flight attendants and mechanics after an appeals court judge overturned Kishel’s first ruling to allow management to force concessions. Days later, Kishel agreed to enforce an injunction sought by Mesaba that effectively bars the employees from striking.
Most of more than 35 respondents supported the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking–as is or with a few changes–to permit pilots serving as second-in-command (SIC) to apply for the new “SIC pilot type rating.” The purpose of the rule is to make it relatively simple and economical for U.S. flight deck crews to meet international requirements that both pilots hold type ratings. But there were a few comments against the proposal.
Responding to an FAA investigation into whether or not funds intended for O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago were used illegally to destroy Meigs Field in March 2003, the city claims it was justified in using $2.8 million in Airport Improvement Program funding. The FAA must decide whether use of the funds was appropriate or levy fines of up to $8.4 million.