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Industry-Led Committee Makes Regulatory Reform Recommendations

Joint committee of FAA, aviation representatives makes recommendations to implement Trump’s plan for regulatory reduction and reform.

The U.S. Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, made up of industry and FAA representatives, is recommending that 54 regulations and guidance materials be repealed, replaced or changed, including eliminating twin-engine redundant reporting requirements for ETOPS.

The report was created in response to an executive order from the Trump administration aimed at alleviating “unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people.” The directive charged government agencies, in coordination with industry representatives, to identify regulations that are unnecessary, inhibit job creation, impose costs that exceed benefits, or are otherwise inconsistent with regulatory reform initiatives.

Regulations marked for repeal would—theoretically—help fulfill the Trump administration’s “two for one” directive, which requires two regulatory repeal recommendations to accompany every new “significant” regulatory proposal.


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The advisory committee’s final report was notably pared down from the group’s initial report. It included more than 300 individual suggestions, including eliminating repair station certificate limited ratings, repealing hazardous materials authorization notification requirements, revising ineffective or unnecessary operational specifications paragraphs and making available instructions for continued airworthiness.

One proposal—suggesting that the FAA provide alternative pathways for aspiring commercial pilots to meet a 1,500-hr. flight-time training requirement—garnered considerable attention from the public. Committee members acknowledge that while some recommendations were controversial, they were made with the recognition that all rulemakings—including regulatory repeal—are subject to Administrative Procedure Act requirements, such as public notice and opportunity for comment.

The final report says ETOPS reporting requirements are duplicative, given service difficulty and mechanical interruption summary reporting requirements. The report also calls for allowing use of electronic media aboard aircraft during special operations, in lieu of paper manuals.

The next step, as provided in the executive order, is for the agency to prioritize the recommendations and evaluate progress made through required performance assessments. 

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