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NEEDS A VOICE IN SECURITY PLANS, ALPHABETS SAY
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and AOPA said this week
that current proposals now in play in Washington are good news for
general aviation. One bill introduced in the House would require the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to create a rulemaking
committee including GA industry stakeholders, which would have input
into new security measures that affect the industry. "This legislation
shows that Congress understands that we can accomplish more good if we
work together rather than separately," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. The committee would
address proposals such as the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP),
which has been widely opposed by GA operators and pilots. After
receiving more than 7,000 comments on its proposed LASP rule, most of
them in opposition, the TSA has said it will issue a new NPRM before
issuing a final rule. AOPA also noted that a House funding bill that passed last week addresses
several issues of interest to GA. The bill urges the TSA to work with GA
stakeholders before issuing security mandates and provides $275,000 to
train GA pilots regarding security measures. More...
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RULES INCREASING SOME ACCIDENTS: STUDY
A 28-year study of
helicopter sightseeing accidents in Hawaii suggests that rules enacted
in 1994 to reduce accidents did reduce the overall number by 47 percent.
However, the rules did nothing to address the main cause of accidents
(mechanical failure) and may have inadvertently led to an increase in
the deadliest type of accidents (weather-related CFIT). In fact,
researchers with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's
Center for Injury Research and Policy recommend the FAA rescind the
section of the rule that sets minimum altitude for sightseeing
operations at 1,500 feet AGL because it can force pilots to fly in
clouds that they could easily and safely duck under. The Hawaii
Helicopter Operators Association identified the potential risk and
actually took the FAA to court to try and reverse the rule but lost,
according to a report in Science Daily. Before the rules were
enacted, only 5 percent of accidents were weather-related but in the 14
years since they've jumped to 32 percent of mishaps. More...
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Jerry Comeaux, 69, the proprietor of
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fraudulently repairing aircraft parts without FAA credentials and is
being forced to pay $403,000 to customers who paid more than $2.5
million for them. Before Comeaux copped the plea, prosecutors told a
U.S. District Court in Greenville that some of the parts weren't
airworthy. Other charges against Comeaux and his wife Vicky, which
included money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud, were dropped in
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FUELS MOVE CLOSER, AS AVIATION ESCAPES EMISSIONS CONTROL
FAA said last week it has reached a "major
milestone" in its efforts to help the aviation industry develop
sustainable alternative fuels, and this week, the U.S. House exempted
aircraft from a major bill that will impose greenhouse-gas emissions
standards. The House bill, which was passed last Friday, still must
be approved in the Senate and signed by the president before it becomes
law. The Senate, however, is not expected to push for limits on aviation
emissions, according to Helicopter Association International. Meanwhile, the
FAA said an international panel of experts is working to create new
guidelines that will allow for the approval of alternative commercial
jet fuels. A number of new alternative fuels could be approved within
the next few years, according to FAA's Nancy LoBueand, acting assistant
administrator for the environment. She said the approval of new fuels
will help lower aviation's carbon footprint. More...
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SURVIVES YEMENIA CRASH
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Airways A310 that crashed near the archipelago of Comoros early Tuesday
have found a 14-year-old girl who survived the accident. She was
swimming amidst debris and bodies and is believed to be the only
survivor. She is reported to be conscious and stable in hospital. The
aircraft was carrying 142 passengers and 11 crew and reportedly went
down after an aborted landing attempt at Moroni Airport. Two French
military aircraft and a ship departed the Indian Ocean islands of
Mayotte and Reunion early Tuesday to assist in search and recovery.
Weather in the area at the time of the crash was stormy, with high seas.
The aircraft was enroute from Sana'a in Yemen to the Comoros Islands,
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