NTSB chief urges child-safety
seats on planes
04-21-2014: Deborah Hersman, departing chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Monday that "one of her great disappointments" was that child-safety seats aren't
required on planes for young children.
FAA Requiring All Flights to Have GPS Tracking System by
04-15-2014: After a recent missing Malaysian Airlines flight, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to mandate GPS-based aircraft tracking on planes. According
to 9 News, the FAA will require that all planes have a GPS tracking system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network by 2020.
NTSB Urges FAA Oversight of Sightseeing Balloon Operators
04-11-2014: Citing three hard landings that resulted in injuries and one fatality, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued recommendations that FAA assume oversight
of sightseeing balloon operators, in the same way that it oversees airplane and helicopter tour operators.
Supreme Court: Airline can drop frequent flier
04-04-14: The Supreme Court decided unanimously Wednesday that an airline had the right to dump a frequent flier who complained too much. The decision allows airlines
to have sole discretion to drop frequent fliers.
Chasing the Money for Air Crash Victims' Families in
04-03-2014: Growing up in Peru in the 1970s, Monica R. Kelly, who specializes in aviation accidents, dreamed of becoming a diplomat and traveling the world. But by the
1980s, violence was spreading at home with a guerrilla war waged by the Shining Path movement, and her family moved to the United States, forcing her to abandon her ambition to
enter Peruvian government service. She decided to realize her interest in international travel in a more unusual way: by flying around the world to meet and represent the
families of air crash victims, one of a specialist band of aviation accident lawyers.
A Five-year-old 777-200LR Sees Early Retirement
04-01-2014: A 777-200LR, built in 2009, has been retired by Air India. Air India cannibalises 777 named Maharashtra at Mumbai's Shivaji airport. While the rumors mentioned
on the website suggest it sustained hidden damage during a heavy landing, it's still notable that a modern 777 less than five years old is being cannibalized.
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 10-07-2014: A
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
Boeing Jets 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 09-28-2014:
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
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).
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.
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.
IG Concerned over FAA's Growing Backlog 07-04-2014: The
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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