Author Archives: Steven M. Taber

FAA Fails to Address Crucial Problems In Implementing “CatEx2”

On August 3, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its Final Notice to Announce Implementation of Section 213(c)(2) CATEX and Disposition of Public Comments in the Federal Register. http://1.usa.gov/1Kc2Eql.  This Categorical Exclusion was included in the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act … Continue reading

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FAA is serious when it comes to enforcing hazardous materials regulations

Are you shipping hazardous materials by air?  Are you sure you are not?  Ever since ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades due to a fire in the cargo hold caused by a chemical oxygen generator, the The Federal Aviation … Continue reading

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FAA Whiffs Again on “CatEx2,” Proposes Underwhelming Replacement to NAC’s “Net Noise Reduction.”

After the Congress put an aviation industry-friendly categorical exclusion into the FAA Reauthorization of 2012, the FAA could not figure out how to implement the provision that stated that in order for it to use the categorical exclusion, there had … Continue reading

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Aircraft Noise Regulation Must Be Revised to Protect the Public Health and Welfare

On February 6, 2015, an aviation industry trade group published a letter (http://bit.ly/1zLsrzR ) it had sent to the Secretary of Transportation and the FAA Administrator regarding, among other things, the recent events in Phoenix and exhorted the FAA in … Continue reading

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FAA Announces New Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced on a Sunday, February 15, 2015, conference call that the FAA would publish its long-awaited proposed regulations for commercial use of small drones. Copy of NPRM: http://1.usa.gov/1yGVSD5 Copy of … Continue reading

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Judge Dismisses the City of Santa Monica’s Action Regarding the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Judge John F. Walter of the Central District of California granted the Federal Aviation Administration’s Motion to Dismiss the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit regarding whether the City had to continue to operate the airport as an airport.  (Download a … Continue reading

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Aviation/Airport Stories We Are Following for the Week of September 9 – 13, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013 Sequester and Budget Cuts Loom Over Aviation. With the end of the fiscal year approaching (Sept 30), and no new budget for DOT in sight stories are beginning to appear concerning the effects of the sequester … Continue reading

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