At FAA, bigger budgets for less work lead to waste
Federal Aviation Administration's budget demands continue to grow, even though air traffic has dropped in recent
years and the agency's productivity has significantly declined, according to a damning internal audit.
FAA easing restrictions on
11-12-2014: They believe they can fly. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is
loosening the age restrictions for older pilots, the agency said Wednesday. Pilots over 60 will no longer be
required to fly side-by-side with a younger pilot on international flights to compensate for various physical
limitations and health problems they may face after that age.
confirms date for air ambulance rule
final rule regarding safety
regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect April 22, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration
FAA amends repair station
11-10-2014: ARSA, Airlines for America (A4A) and MRO facilities across the US are celebrating a victory
of common sense, after the FAA reinserted the word "serious" into its revision of paragraph 14 of Part 145 of the
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Record Claims To Boost Price Of Insuring Planes Against Attack
Insurers worldwide are going to have to pay up to a record $800 million to cover the damage done by attacks on
airplanes this year, driving prices up and drawing rivals into the market.
Battery Fires on Planes Spur New Proposals
10-13-2014: An international team of aviation safety experts has called for
sweeping changes in packaging and other safeguards to limit the fire hazard
posed by bulk shipments of lithium batteries on commercial planes.
FAA Feedback: The Yellow Tag
question often asked as I travel around the country giving safety seminars is:
Does a yellow tag satisfy the requirements of a maintenance release?
Your Word is Your Bond —
Bonded Repair Size Limits Draft Policy
10-02-2014: A member has alerted
ARSA to a draft policy from the FAA regarding Bonded Repair Size Limits that
would require design approval holder (DAH) substantiation on any repairs
developed by owners, operators, repair stations, Designated Engineering
Representatives (DER), or engineering firms.
FAA Orders Replacement of Pilot Displays on
09-30-2014: Federal regulators have ordered replacement of
pilot displays on more than 1,300 Boeing Co. jets, including some of the newest
737 models, to prevent possible interference from Wi-Fi devices used in
FAA: Dozens of Alaska aircraft mechanics must retake exams
According to a formal notice issued last month by the Federal Aviation
Administration, all individuals holding mechanic certificates with airframe or
powerplant ratings (or both) who were tested by Designated Mechanic Examiner
(DME) Marty James Simmons of Anchorage must be re-examined.
Coalition of Aviation Groups Sends "Serious" Petition to FAA
09-23-2014: On Sept. 22, a coalition of aviation trade associations asked the FAA (Federal
Aviation Administration) to fix a seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) that would create serious headaches for the aviation
Gulfstream faces $425,000 FAA fine over mechanic training
Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $425,000 civil penalty against
Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
Aviation Group Questions FAA Repair Station Rule
08-25-2014: Not everyone
is convinced the FAA's recently issued final Part 145 rule, which governs
maintenance of U.S.-registered aircraft, aligns with the intent of the original
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
FAA: Lithium Batteries Pose More Danger Than Thought
08-14-2014: New tests conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration suggest that lithium
batteries pose more dangers to planes than previously thought.
ARSA Reviewing Amended Repair Station Regulations
08-13-2014: The FAA has
issued amended repair station regulations that allow the agency to deny an
application for a new repair station certificate if the applicant or certain
associated key individuals had materially contributed to the circumstances that
caused a previous repair station certificate revocation action.
FAA proposes S-92 oil pump failure prevention mandate
07-30-2014: The US
Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to mandate a series of actions
already recommended by Sikorsky aimed at preventing a main gearbox oil pump
failure on the airframer's S-92 helicopter.
Agrees: Line Maintenance can be Major
07-29-2014: In a quick turnaround,
the Aircraft Maintenance Division responded within two days to ARSA's question
about airframe-rated repair stations with line maintenance authorization
performing major repairs and alterations. The agency agreed with the
association's interpretation that the CFR's definition of line maintenance does
not imply a prohibition against non-specified activities.
FAA proposes $12 million fine against Southwest over repairs
Southwest Airlines Co. may have to pay a $12 million penalty to the U.S.
government for operating "numerous flights" in 2009 after being notified that
repairs to its airplanes didn't live up to federal regulations.
Trade Associations Weigh in on Foreign Mx Drug Testing
coalition of aviation trade associations spoke out on behalf of the
international maintenance, repair and overhaul market.
IG Concerned over FAA's Growing Backlog
FAA's Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) have a backlog of applications for certificates that concerns the Department of Transportation Inspector General's Office.
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