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FAA Docket for February 14, 2017


Applications and Petitions:

Great Lakes Aviation - Commuter Definition (19-seat Configuration)

Answers and Replies:

Great Lakes Aviation - Request for Expedited Treatment (19-seat Configuration)

Orders and Notices:

None

Rules and Regulations:

None

Grant of Petitions:

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Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.

FAA-2015-4903


October 9, 2015

Petition for Exemption from 14 CFR 110.2

Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. hereby petitions the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration for an exemption to the definition of “Commuter Operation” set forth in 14 CFR § 110.2, for the purpose of authorizing GLA to operate turboprop aircraft with 19 or fewer passenger seats and apply the provisions of FAR Part 135 Sections 135.245, 135.243(a)(1) and 135.265 while maintaining the provisions of FAR Part 121, for all other requirements.

By: Scott Lewis


February 14, 2017

Request for Expedited Treatment

On October 9, 2015, Great Lakes filed a petition for an exemption with the FAA. The exemption would allow us to operate our existing fleet of 28 Beech 1900 turboprop aircraft in the FAA certified 19 seat configuration. The petition documents why an exemption grant is in the public interest and not only facilitates an equivalent level of safety but will provide small communities the opportunity to remain in the nation's air transportation network.

The FAA published our exemption request in the Federal Register for public comment on December 9, 2015. Great Lakes' petition request was extensively documented and received tremendous support from elected city, state and federal government representatives.

I write now to urgently request expedited treatment of the exemption and to ask that the FAA issue a decision supporting our request. The FAA has complied with all procedural due process requirements and there is no reason for continued delay in reaching a decision. Our request has been pending with the FAA for over 16 months and is overdue for an affirmative response.

By: Douglas Voss

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