Blood In The Water? | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.16.18

Airborne-UnManned 04.17.18

Airborne 04.18.18

AMA Drone Report 04.19.18

Airborne 04.20.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 04.16.18

Airborne-UnManned 04.17.18

Airborne 04.18.18

AMA Drone Report 04.19.18

Airborne 04.20.18

Thu, Apr 22, 2004

Blood In The Water?

AOPA Pressing FAA To Drop Charity/Sightseeing Rule

The FAA's proposal to force small sightseeing businesses to meet the requirements for large air tour operators and increase flight-time requirements for pilots who fly charity fund-raisers is neither justified nor supported by safety data and should be withdrawn, AOPA told the agency on Monday.

In AOPA's formal response, filed on what was to have been the last day of public comment, Senior Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Andy Cebula said that by combining sightseeing, air tours, and charity flights, the FAA has made the proposal "impractical, if not impossible, to implement.

"This also reflects a failure by the FAA to understand the uses of general aviation aircraft."

AOPA says the FAA's claims that the proposed rule will improve safety are suspect.

"Nothing in the original Federal Register notice or the information that has been made available during the comment period indicates that there is a significant safety issue with sightseeing flights," Cebula wrote. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation reviewed the 73 accidents mentioned in supporting documents for the NPRM and found that in 92 percent of those cases, the proposed rule would not have prevented the accidents. The other eight percent only might have been prevented if operated as Part 135 flights.

The proposal to increase the minimum number of hours a private pilot must have in order to provide sightseeing flights to help charities raise money is arbitrary and would do little to improve safety, argued AOPA. Raising the minimum from 200 to 500 hours would mean 22% fewer pilots would be available to help charities raise money. Private pilots are limited to four such events per year. The flights must be conducted in day VFR conditions and are typically flown near the pilot's home in an area with which they're thoroughly familiar.

As Cebula noted in AOPA's comments, more than a dozen members of Congress expressed concerns about the proposed rule's adverse economic impact on the GA community in letters to the FAA. And the Office of Advocacy at the government's own Small Business Administration also found the FAA's economic data seriously flawed and recommended that the NPRM be withdrawn.

After the FAA initially published its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), AOPA conducted its own survey and analysis of the proposal's safety and economic impact and found the agency grossly underestimated the true effects. AOPA petitioned the FAA to hold public meetings and hear directly from the pilots who would be harmed. Late last week, five months after the initial petition, the FAA finally granted AOPA's petition and announced that it would hold two public meetings in May.

The NPRM not only harms Part 91 sightseeing businesses and charity fund-raiser flights, it also imposes significant hardships on existing Part 135 air tour operators. The proposal would require expensive new equipment and adopt standards that would result in far more frequent weather cancellations.

"One Alaska operator estimates the cost to their company at $15 million to $18 million over a 10-year period," wrote Cebula.

"AOPA strongly opposes the NPRM and requests that the FAA withdraw the NPRM immediately," he concluded.

FMI: www.aopa.org, www.media.aopa.org/sfo_final.asx, www.media.aopa.org/AK_sightseeing.asx

Advertisement

More News

Rotax Receives Award At AERO Friedrichshafen

Recognized As 'Best Drive Train' By The German Aviation Magazine 'aerokurier' BRP-Rotax aircraft engines have named "Best Powertrain" by German aviation magazine ‘aerokurier&>[...]

FAA To Issue AD For CFM56-7B Fan Blades

Engine Type That Powered Southwest 737 Involved In Uncontained Engine Failure The FAA will issue an Airworthiness Directive (AD) within the next two weeks that will require inspect>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 04.17.18: XPO 2018, Drone Broadcasts, Airbus Inspection Drone

Also: NZ AFB Drone Incident, Police UAVs, Inaugural Drone Boot Camp, Predator 5M Flight Hours This is it! THE major unmanned exposition of the year -- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 starts >[...]

AMA Drone Report 04.19.18: AMA Leadership, FAA Reauthorization, Coachella

Also: New French Regs, Drone Boot Camp, Public Safety Drone Standards, DroneShield Protects NASCAR It’s a little bit sad and yet a bit cool to see AMA make an exciting change>[...]

Airborne 04.20.18: Continental Jet-A Seminole, SWA Fallout, NYC NIMBY's Helo's

Also: Teamsters Talk Allegiant, Coleman Young Airport, Miracle Flights, IN Av Repair Biz Cleared Piper has selected the Continental Motors CD-170 compression ignition engine fueled>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC