The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is
disappointed that a regulation implementing Domestic Reduced
Vertical Separation Minimums (DRVSM) has been approved by the
Office of Management and Budget and will be published in the
Federal Register next week.
"While the association
is not fundamentally opposed to DRVSM, we are gravely concerned
that several NATA members face financial hardship if the FAA
requires completion of costly aircraft upgrades in order to permit
a January 2005 implementation," explained NATA president James K.
The DRVSM rule was proposed by the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) in May 2002. At that time, NATA raised
concerns that the agency had not fully accounted for the costs of
the rule to small businesses and that the actual number of small
businesses impacted had not been identified.
"NATA has done all that we can to ensure the FAA has followed
proper rulemaking procedures in accordance with federal statutes,
which require accurate analysis of the impact of their actions on
small businesses. Unfortunately, we remain concerned that the FAA
has not yet met the spirit or letter of their obligations to the
regulated parties, in particular small Part 135 on-demand
certificate holders," Coyne continued.
Coyne said that NATA staff will be conducting an in-depth review
of the FAA's economic and small business conclusions. The final
rule was placed on public display yesterday and is to be released
in the Federal Register on Monday, October 27th.