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Pilot Unions Angry Over New FAA Crew Rest Rules

While passengers some passengers may rest easier now knowing new FAA rules are in place to ensure pilots have a good night's sleep before a flight, they might have trouble getting some shut-eye after they realize those rules don't apply to the cargo carriers sharing the skies.

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FAA’s New $297 Million Pilot Rest Rule A Safe Bet

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced sweeping changes to crew rest requirements, an early Christmas present that will cost commercial operators and the aviation industry $297 million, according to FAA estimates.

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Summary of New FAA Pilot Rest Requirements

Federal Aviation Administration

The following table compares the FAA's new pilot rest requirements for commercial operators with the previous requirements.

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Congress Passes Law Requiring FAA to Reinstate BARR Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that, effective immediately, general aviation and business aviation operators seeking to keep their aircraft’s registration number from being displayed over public data systems during flight no longer need to submit a Certified Security Concern to the FAA. As a result of language in the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill, the FAA is withdrawing its June 3, 2011 policy (76 Fed. Reg. 32,258-32,265) of requiring aircraft owners or operators to submit a Certified Security Concern in order to have their aircraft tail number blocked from view on the FAA’s Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) or National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI). "On behalf of our AOPA members, we thank the Members of Congress for their clear commitment to protecting the rights of individuals who fly their private aircraft in the national airspace from unwanted computer tracking," said AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller. "The action by Congress reaffirms the merits of the BARR program, which has operated effectively to protect the rights of our pilots." "This is an important win for aviation and for the privacy of all aviators," said Rod Hightower, president and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which wrote a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the legal challenge from NBAA and AOPA. "Pilots and aircraft owners across this country should be proud of the work Congress has just completed in reinstating the BARR." "We are pleased that by including this language in an appropriations bill, members of the House and Senate have demonstrated their understanding that the Administration's effort to curtail the BARR program paves the way for unwarranted invasions of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, threatens competitiveness for companies and poses a potential security risk for people aboard business airplanes," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The BARR is a congressionally enabled program, and it’s clear that congress doesn’t want the government to limit it." Owners and operators seeking to have their aircraft tail number blocked from these data feeds can now submit a blocking request directly to the FAA without stating a reason for the request.… Read more ...

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Resigns In Wake of Drunk Driving Arrest

“Today I submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and it has been accepted." - FAA Administrator Randy Babbit, ending his career with the FAA in the wake of a drunk driving arrest.

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37th Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Aviation – Driver of the Global Economy The FAA's 37th Annual Aviation Forecast Conference brings together leaders from around the world to talk about aviation's role in the global economy. Despite global economic and financial uncertainties, aviation remains a vital link to economic opportunities for all nations. Fulfilling this responsibility presents the aviation community with unique challenges. Come listen to the views of aircraft and airport operators, manufacturers, and others as they discuss aviation's role in the global economy, the unique challenges global operations present, and how they are working to ensure aviation can meet its global responsibilities now and into the future. This conference promises to be one of the best – don't miss it. Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of International Air Transport Association (IATA), will deliver the Keynote Luncheon Address on the first day of the conference. Conference Sessions Thursday, March 8, 2012 Plenary Session: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012 Breakout Sessions: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sessions Location Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC 20001… Read more ...

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