Regulations Expected at End of Year
The FAA and DOT have announced plans to issue final regulations by the end of 2014. The rulemaking will re-state the statute without interpretation, which means the rule will be issued in final form, not open to public comments.
PAA has joined more than 25 other national organizations in calling on the FAA to complete the rule-making process, and has met with aviation industry leaders to discuss implementation of the new rules. At a meeting earlier this fall, DOT indicated that a rule-making might not be necessary, but quickly reversed its position in favor of a verbatim regulation that would require little expense or effort on the agency’s part. As the rule-making process is completed, arts groups plan to continue coordination with the airlines, FAA, and DOT to ensure that individual airline policies and training of personnel are consistent with the new regulations.