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FAA Docket for January 8, 2009
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LGA Operating Limitations - Comments of Airports Council Intl - North America
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January 5, 2008
ACI-NA supports the comments filed by the Port Authority on January 5, 2009. We strongly believe that the federal government should defer to airport proprietors in resolving airport congestion. Airport proprietors are in the best position to manage the use of the facilities they planned, designed, funded, built and currently operate. Proprietors also have the proper incentives and are well-situated to respond to idiosyncratic local circumstances. They understand their own airports, the markets they serve and the roles they play within their regions. Their interest to have air carriers offer the greatest number of seats at the lowest cost to as many markets as possible is in line with FAA and DOT interest in the efficient use of the nation’s airspace. Further, local airport owners understand the unique circumstances of their own facilities: the configurations of runways, taxiways and gates; the existing legal arrangements with tenant air carriers; and a wide variety of logistical details that affect the operational efficiency of the airports they manage.
ACI-NA believes that the FAA should not adopt the proposal rules set forth in its Notice as it fails to recognize the primary role of local airport proprietors in managing congestion at their airports and seeks unlawfully to usurp the proprietary right of the Port Authority to control how its facilities at LGA are used. Instead of pursuing its misconceived “slot auction” proposal, the FAA should work collaboratively with the Port Authority and the air carriers to develop and implement a reasonable and effective program of congestion management for LGA.
Counsel: ACI-NA, James Briggs, 202-293-8500
The purpose of this rulemaking is to establish new requirements for air carrier training programs to enhance safety-critical training. These changes are expected to significantly reduce aviation accidents. The secondary purpose of this rulemaking project is to reorganize, simplify, and modernize all rule language associated with crewmember and aircraft dispatcher qualification and training under part 121. This proposal revises and recodifies the aircraft dispatcher qualification and training requirements in subparts N and P into subpart CC of part 121, and revises and recodifies the crewmember qualification and training requirements in subparts N and O into a new subpart BB of part 121. The rulemaking is necessary because the existing regulations have not been revised since 1970. They do not reflect current best practices or technological advances that have emerged over the last 30 years.