One February 9, 2012, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published an NPRM responding to comments solicited in the ANPRM published December 22, 2010. The FAA issues emergency orders when it determines the interests of aviation safety require that an order take effect immediately in order to protect the flying public. In the case of an emergency order, the certificate holder may not exercise certificate privileges during the pendency of an appeal with the NTSB. Through its ANPRM, NTSB sought comments concerning the appeals process including the standard of review for emergency determinations, discovery, and exchanges of information between parties, and electronic filing of documents in air safety enforcement cases before the NTSB.
Upon Review of the comments it received, NTSB is now proposing to make a number of changes. A few of the many changes are described below: