President’s Expedition Directive—how will it impact the FAA?

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ARTICLE: Obama’s rush to regulate


According to Politico’s pundits, President Obama has ordered his cabinet to push his agenda through regulatory processes. One of the targets is for Secretary Foxx to impose more rigorous fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for big rigs and semi-trucks. As noted in the linked article:

“‘Three years may look like a long time, but when it comes to the rulemaking process it’s a blink of the eye,’ said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate at the nonprofit group Public Citizen. ‘I think they’re realizing they’re up against tight deadlines.’ “


“‘There’s a narrow amount of time where you can begin the process for complex, significant rulemaking,’ said Daniel J. Weiss, director of climate strategy at the Center for American Progress.”

The DoT is required to publish its Semi-annual Regulatory Agenda for the FAA, and that list includes:

Year 7 (2014) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next Year

14 CFR part 43—Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration

14 CFR part 45—Identification and Registration Marking

14 CFR part 47—Aircraft Registration

14 CFR part 49—Recording of Aircraft Titles and Security Documents

14 CFR part 406—Investigations, Enforcement, and Administrative Review

14 CFR part 413—License Application Procedures

14 CFR part 414—Safety Approvals

14 CFR part 415—Launch License

Another indicator of what may be coming from the FAA regulatory machine is its Significant Rulemakings and there the following actions are being contemplated:

Federal Aviation Administration

1. Qualification, Service, and Use of Crewmembers and Aircraft Dispatchers

2. Supercooled Large Droplet Icing Conditions

3. Airport Safety Management System

4. Photo Requirements for Pilot Certificates

5. Air Ambulance and Commercial Helicopter Operations; Safety Initiatives and Miscellaneous Amendments

6. Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

7. Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements (formerly First Officer Qualification Requirements) (HR5900)

8. Prohibition Against Certain Flights Within the Territory and Airspace of Afghanistan

9. Requirement for Wildlife Assessments at Certificated Airports

10. Regulation Of Flight Operations Conducted By Alaska Guide Pilots

11. Air Carrier Maintenance Training Program

12. Installed Systems And Equipment for Use by the Flight Crew

13. Safety Management Systems for Part 121 Certificate Holders

14. Flight Crewmember Mentoring, Leadership and Professional Development (HR 5900)

15. Slot Management and Transparency for LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport

16. Part 121 Exiting Icing

17. Orbital Debris Mitigation Requirements

18. Drug and Alcohol Testing of Certain Maintenance Provider Employees Located Outside of the United States

19. Requirements for Chemical Oxygen Generators Installed on Transport Category Airplanes (Chemical Oxygen Standards)

20. Production and Airworthiness Certification II

21. Prohibition of Tail End Ferry in Part 121 (Reauthorization)

It will be interesting to see whether and how Secretary Foxx/ Administrator Huerta translate the President’s directives with regard to these complex NPRM projects.

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