According to AOPA, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S. 1335), sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), and promoted by Harrison Ford is gaining momentum.  Read the full article here.

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Starting December 29, the cost of violating the Federal Aviation Regulations may go up.

The FAA has issued a Final Rule modifying FAR Part 13.305 (without the ordinary Notice and Comment Period–good cause exemption) adjusting some of the maximum civil penalties the FAA may impose for violations of the FAR’s.

Summarizing, the following changes will apply:

  • Violations of Hazardous Materials Transportation:  From $50,000 to $55,000 per violation;
  • Violations of Hazardous Materials Transportation resulting in personal injury or property damage: From $100,000 to $110,000 per violation;
  • Violation by a person other than an individual or small business concern: From $25,000 to $27,500 per violation;
  • Tampering with a Smoke Alarm Device: From $2,200 to $3,200 per violation; and
  • Violations of 49 U.S.C. 46302: From $11,000 to $16,000.

This rule was issued on November 22, 2010, and the full text can be read in the Federal Register here (link will open in new window).

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The FAA, in an effort to “improve the accuracy of the Civil Aviation Registry database,” amended the regulations concerning aircraft regulation (specifically Parts 13, 47, and 91).

These rules became effective on October 1, 2010.  The rule adopts the expiration and re-registration of all registered aircraft over a three year period with a subsequent renewal at 3 year intervals.

To read the amended regulations and a summary thereof, please click here.

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