Fri, Jun 08, 2007
Includes Wording Changes, Clarifications
The Federal Aviation
Administrations released a correction to the Commercial Air Tours
and National Parks Air Tour Management regulations this week, to
conform to amendments made by the National Air Tour Safety
Standards final rule.
The correction deals with drug and alcohol testing requirements.
The announcement reads, "The purpose of the technical amendment was
to conform to those requirements to the National Air Tour Safety
Standards. In one paragraph of the regulations, we inadvertently
referred to an "antidrug program" when we should have referred to
an "Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program."
The FAA is also removing a sentence in the rule's preamble
referring to aircraft certificated as "Experimental Category" and
clarifying the applicability of the rule to the "Young Eagles"
As ANN reported, Earl
Lawrence, the Experimental Aircraft Association's vice president of
industry and regulatory affairs, contacted senior FAA officials
shortly after the new rules were released to explain how certain
elements of the rule's preamble -- not the rule itself -- could be
interpreted in a way that would severely limit what aircraft could
be used for Young Eagles flights, with additional restrictions on
pilot qualifications and frequency of Young Eagles activities.
"While we're sure FAA did not intend to create a major hindrance
to introducing young people to flight, this unexpected language in
the rule's preamble could place severe restrictions on the Young
Eagles program," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "Since Young
Eagles pilots do not receive compensation, this language does not
belong in a rule that focuses on commercial air tours.
"If there had been any inclination that such language would be
included in the rule's preamble, we would have immediately and
vigorously defended Young Eagles against such a threat," Poberezny
The corrections were effective as of June 7, 2007.
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