Sep 24, 2007
Passenger rights provisions included in House FAA bill: The FAA funding bill passed by the House on Sept 20 includes wording that requires airlines and airports to have in place plans to provide basic amenities to passengers caught in tarmac delays. Failure to follow through on the plans could result in fines levied by the DOT. The White House has threatened to veto the bill. Sep 21, 2007
ICAO delegates also agreed that a draft resolution be submitted to the ICAO Assembly calling for voluntary contributions of human and financial resources to help African states in need implement the plan. Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, president of the Council of ICAO, called the initiative the "most coordinated and inclusive effort ever to deal with the very serious safety challenges facing the majority of African States." But he added that it "will only succeed with the political will of [African] states and the enthusiastic, tangible support of industry and donors." Sep 20, 2007
New ICAO strategy for "sustained improvements in aviation safety in Africa was endorsed by representatives of 40 States from the African Region and world aviation stakeholders" on the eve of the 36th Session of the ICAO Assembly, which began Wednesday and runs through Sept. 28. The "Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa" was developed by ICAO in cooperation with the continent's civil aviation authorities and the air transport industry as well as bodies such as the European Commission, World Bank and African Civil Aviation Commission. According to ICAO, the plan differs from past initiatives in that it "integrates ICAO's performance-based Global Aviation Safety Plan and the air transport industry's new Global Aviation Safety Roadmap, both of which focus on activities with the highest return for improving safety." Sep 20, 2007
The Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 17 named United Airlines vice president of flight operations Hank Krakowski its new chief operating officer. Sep 20, 2007
The next generation of global positioning system satellites will allow the government to reduce the accuracy of GPS signals within a much smaller area, according to the Defense Department. The change will give the U.S. the ability to limit the accuracy of navigation devices for security purposes without inhibiting the overall accuracy of GPS signals for commercial purposes. "While this action will not materially improve the performance of the system, it...