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.
According to published reports supported by on-site witnesses, the Venezuelan National Guard is still holding in custody a Portuguese-registered Citation X seized last October. The anti-drug command reported it found about 880 pounds of cocaine on board the business jet, which reportedly had flown from Mexico and stopped in Caracas for fuel before a planned transatlantic flight to South Africa.
The National Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has ordered the south Pacific country’s Civil Aviation Authority to release a Cessna Citation II found to have made an illegal landing 11 days earlier at an abandoned airstrip near Aropa on the island of Bougainville.
Joseph Patrick Smith III and Thomas Edward Smith, formerly employed at Smyth Aerospace Manufacturing, recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit aircraft parts fraud. The company, which had offices in Phoenix and Shannon, Ireland, purchased used aircraft parts, refurbished them and then resold them as either certified new or unused government surplus.
AIN has confirmed that Franklin Rodriguez, the U.S. Air National Guard pilot arrested April 12 for smuggling the so-called love drug Ecstasy into the U.S. aboard a C-5A Galaxy, was a Beechjet captain at that time for Flight Options. The fractional provider declined comment, citing employee-employer confidentiality.
Landing fees are scheduled to increase at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). Effective January 1, aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less will be subject to a $22.50 fee. Aircraft weighing 12,501 to 80,000 pounds will be charged $3.15 per 1,000 pounds and those over 80,000 pounds will be charged $5.85 per 1,000 pounds.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has filed a complaint with the FAA against Rolls-Royce alleging the engine maker does not provide basic safety information as required by the FARs.
The Phoenix Police Department took possession of a new AgustaWestland A119 Koala helicopter in ceremonies yesterday at the AgustaWestland booth (No. 1141). It is the first of three A119s that will be configured with new, high-tech mission-specific equipment.
August was a bad month for Triad International Maintenance (Timco) of Greensboro, N.C. The FAR 145 repair station learned on August 9 that one of ts former aircraft mechanics, Hugo Obregon, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greensboro to two years probation and assessed $100 for making false statements to the FAA on an application for an A&P certificate. Obregon falsely represented he met the training and experience requirements.