HR 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, is more than just a
resolution to keep paying the FAA's Bills... it has become a nexus
for a number of changes, a dumping fround for pet projects, and an
amalgam of competing (and occasionally, conflicting)
Embraer has sold Austral Líneas Aéreas, from
Argentina, 20 Embraer 190s. The contract will go into effect after
fulfilling certain requirements, and that should take place within
two months. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter
James May Writes The House of Representatives... Again
ATA's James May is not giving up his misgivings about some
aspects of H.R. 915 without a fight. Just before the Resolution
passed the House, May expressed his displeasure with a number of
aspects of the Act... including the inexplicable opposition to a
rule that keep passengers from being held in an airliner
(ostensibly due to delays) for more than three hours...
Boeing completed the first engine runs
on the all-new 787, Thursday morning. The occasion marks the first
all-electric start of a commercial jetliner engine on a commercial
jetliner; the engines had been started electronically in test
The House has passed H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act, in
order to "To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize
appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal
years 2009 through 2012, to improve aviation safety and capacity,
to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for
The FAA is attempting to exact a $1.3 million civil penalty from
Florida-based Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. for
violations of the FAR's. Gulfstream has been making some news of
late for also being a former employer of the Captain of the
ill-fated Continental Connection 3407 flight.
If you do fly the airlines regularly, you'll notice something
missing at commercial airports - those obnoxious "puffer" machines
designed to dislodge particles from your clothing, so they can be
analyzed for traces of bomb-making materials.
Predicts/Hopes Senate Version Will Set Binding Limits on Tarmac
FlyersRights.org Executive Director Kate Hanni (pictured right)
is politely lauding the "modest gains for airline passengers"
contained in the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 915) that passed
through the House of Representatives, Thursday, but predicted that
the "final version that goes to the President will ultimately
contain the critical element consumers want most...