December 9, 2013 – Volume 12 Issue 39
Congressional Budget Negotiations Continue
Leaders and staff from the House and Senate continue to work towards negotiating a budget deal that could potentially avoid another year of sequestration (automatic cuts) and outline government spending levels for 2014. The House is scheduled to adjourn for the year this Friday, December 13th, but would most likely extend its session to consider any budget agreement that might be forthcoming.
House Committee Passes Sleep Apnea Bill
In response to the FAA's recent announcement regarding the agency's intent to require sleep apnea testing for certain pilots with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee approved H.R. 3578, requiring a transparent regulatory process before any FAA implementation could occur. The bill must now be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate before being sent to the President for signature. NATA is encouraging the bill to be scheduled for consideration as soon as possible.
Town Hall Meeting in Addison, Texas Postponed
The Town Hall scheduled for December 11th in Addison, Texas is postponed until next year. We will be in touch with details in the New Year. We look forward to seeing you at the next Town Hall.
FAA InFO on Enhanced Flight Attendant Training
The FAA published an Information for Operators (InFO) to inform Part 121 and 135 operators of the new requirement to provide training to flight attendants on serving alcohol to passengers, recognizing intoxicated passengers and dealing with disruptive passengers. Part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that was signed into law requires operators to include these new topics in their flight attendant training program. The document details the potential hazards posed by intoxicated passengers and emphasizes the importance of recognizing them before they become a threat. Click here to read the InFo.
Weekly Regulatory Update
NATA compiles relevant updates from the FAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security each day from the Federal Register. You may view the latest notices, rules and proposed rules in a single source by clicking here.