The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on July 19 outlining additional steps necessary to make the FAA’s Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP) more effective at identifying safety risks.
U.S. military response during the September 11 attacks
The FAA can’t win. Long reviled for inconsistently applying its own regulations, the agency is now being questioned for trying to standardize the way initial training is conducted for newly hired Part 135 charter pilots. The fact that FAA Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) haven’t been applying these rules consistently for many years is a big part of why many charter operators are unhappy with the FAA.
A number of photos and videos provided to Fox News in New York by a source that news organization refused to name, showed some White Plains air traffic controllers asleep in the tower cab. Other shots showed controllers using their cell phones in the cab. The unnamed source implied these activities took place when controllers should have been actively engaged in monitoring air traffic.
A sizable portion of the FAA’s successful contract-tower program could face $128 million in cuts by January 2013, a casualty of the Congressional Super Committee’s failure to reach any practical bipartisan agreement on deficit reduction, according to Spencer Dickerson, executive director of the American Association of Airport Executives’ Contract Tower Association.
The union representing UPS pilots today filed its preliminary statement of issues, as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in its challenge to the FAA’s exclusion of cargo operations from its final rule on pi
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, AIN asked our readers–many of whom are corporate pilots–to write the narrative by sharing their own personal stories of that day, and share they did. While some 3,650 days have passed since then, their accounts still include minute details and raw emotion, evidence that 9/11 is indelibly etched in their minds forever.
In the days and weeks leading up to the August 2 changes that eliminated the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, which for a decade had allowed Part 91 operators to suppress their flight information at online flight tracking websites, a number of business aircraft pilots were eager to find an alternative. And they quickly found a free-market solution.
Lately many in the aviation industry are speculating that the FAA’s enforcement pendulum has swung once again with the change in Administration. The more business-sensitive Bush policies, the speculation goes, have been reversed and one of the upshots is more enforcement and higher penalties. Many in the industry are nervous about this and wonder where the agency’s commitment to working together has gone.
Looking for information on the FAA’s OpSpecs Web site? As of August 31, the FAA shut down www.opspecs.com and moved all of that material to other Web sites. MMELs used to be hosted on the OpSpecs site, but now these are available at the Flight Standards Information Management System (http://fsims.faa.gov/).
It seems every few days lately I get an offer to put my aircraft on someone’s Part 135 certificate and start generating revenues 1-2-3. Never mind that I don’t own an aircraft and never have; these e-mails seem to be targeting anyone and everyone on an aviation mailing list. One solicitation called it a Part 135 “business in a box,” another claimed it was an “easy” way to enjoy the tax benefits of Part 135.
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