New EU Emissions Trading Scheme Regulation Provides Needed Clarity

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

On April 16, 2014, the European Parliament and Council published Regulation No. 421/2014, which clarifies the geographical scope of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The EU ETS, established to reduce the effects of emissions on climate change, requires that aircraft operators w…

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FAA Announces Prohibition Against Certain Flights in the Simferopol (UKFV) Flight Information Region

Posted on Apr 25th, 2014

On April 25, 2014, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the prohibition against certain flights in the Simferopol (UKFV) Flight Information Region (FIR) under the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 113, § 91.1607.  The affected airspace includes sovereign Ukrainian…

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FAA Announces First UAS Test Site Operational

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2014

On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that one of the six test sites chosen for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research has been deemed operational. The six test sites were selected on December 30, 2013 by congressional mandate…

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FAA Issues Rulemaking Requiring Air Carriers to Disclose Seat Dimensions to Facilitate Use of Child Safety Seats on Domestic Passenger-Carrying Operations

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2014

Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, the FAA required the Aviation Administration to initiate a rulemaking to require air carriers conducting domestic, flag, and supplemental operations to make available on their websites information meant to enable passengers to determine which chil…

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PHMSA Issues Final Rule Incorporating Special Permits and Competent Authorities into Hazardous Materials Regulations

Posted on Mar 24th, 2014

On March 18, 2014 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Final Rule which amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and incorporates provisions contained in widely used and longstanding special permits and competent authority approvals. Special permits an…

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FAA Releases ANPRM Regarding Drug and Alcohol Testing

Posted on Mar 21st, 2014

On March 17, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that would require drug and alcohol testing for certain employees at part 145 certificated repair stations located outside the United States. Such testing is required for employees …

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