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Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Wed, May 21, 2008 — David Evans

Regulatory & Other Items

The Federal Register is packed with the very antithesis of boring reading and is full of interesting – if not scandalous – tidbits regarding various air safety issues. Three of the more engaging and far-reaching documents are briefed in the latest Significant Regulatory table contained in this publication:

9 March 2008: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a proposed rule for water quality in aircraft systems, based on 2004 testing that revealed some aircraft water tanks contained E. coli/fecal coliform bacteria. The EPA, not the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has responsibility for aircraft water purity.

10 March 2008: the FAA published a final rule on cockpit voice and digital flight data recorders (CVRs/DFDRs). FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell hailed the regulation for its sweeping improvements. But Mark Rosenker, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), groused in a letter to Sturgell that the new regulations ignore NTSB recommendations on much-needed additional parameters for B737 rudder systems.

13 May 2008: the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a rule preventing discrimination against passengers with disabilities at airports and on airplanes. Among its many provisions, the rule calls for special safety briefings for hearing or vision impaired passengers so that they have the same information as regular passengers


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