2013 has been a budgetary year to remember for aviation. Granted, so far, those reasons have been anything but positive. We started with sequestration in the beginning of the year threatening to shut down 238 air traffic control towers, cause lengthy delays at airport security and even kept any branch of service from preforming at air shows around the country. Now, only seven months later, we are met with another budgetary concern; the government shutdown. We have taken a look at what will be suspended and what will continue to operate to try to help you plan with as much care as possible.
News and Notices
On July 19th, the TSA announced an expansion to their PreCheck process. PreCheck currently allows eligible participants to move through security checkpoints much, much faster with fewer disruptions. The PreCheck process previously required travelers to opt-in through a major airline’s frequent flier program. This could only be obtained by those who flew regularly and was only available on that one airline. However, starting later this year, that process is seeing some changes.
This month, the FAA published a Final Rule regarding airline transport pilot (ATP) certificates and training, titled Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations. While the final rule itself is 58 pages long, this blog post breaks down the main components of the rule and to whom it applies.
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