March 2012 Aviation Articles

Airmen With Special Issuance Medical Certificates Will No Longer Need To Carry Their Letters Of Authorization With Them

In a Direct Final Rule published on March 22, 2012, the FAA disclosed its intent to remove the FAR 67.401(j) requirement that currently requires an airman granted a Special Issuance Medical Certificate to have his or her corresponding letter of Authorization in the airman's physical possession or readily accessible on the aircraft while exercising pilot privileges. (A special issuance is comprised of both a medical certificate and a letter of authorization that specifies any corresponding requirements or limitations associated with the medical certificate).

The FAA originally imposed this requirement in 2008 to respond to a 2007 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adverse audit finding regarding endorsement of FAA certificates. At that time, the FAA was concerned "that traditional enumeration placed on U.S. medical certificates under the FAA's special-issuance medical certification process might not be detailed enough for affected U.S. pilots during a ramp check in a foreign country, for example." The FAA believed that it was in the airman's best interest to have the letter of Authorization readily available.

However, after imposing the rule, the FAA received many complaints from affected airmen that the full force of the requirement was overly burdensome and invasive. Additionally, during the three years that the rule has been in effect, "[t]he FAA is not aware of any individuals affected by the standard who have had to produce their letter of Authorization for any civil aviation authorities."

As a result, the FAA determined that the regulation was one that could be removed. However, the Final Rule cautions that "[w]hile this action removes the burden for affected individuals to carry their medical letter of Authorization, long-standing requirements under FAA operational standards requiring individuals to carry FAA certificates while exercising pilot privileges remain unchanged." Thus, airmen will still need to carry their airmen and medical certificates with them while exercising their pilot privileges.

The FAA is accepting comments to the Final Rule on or before May 21, 2012. If it receives adverse comments, it will withdraw the Final Rule. Otherwise, the Final Rule will be effective July 20, 2012.

It's nice to see the FAA actually doing something to make things easier for airmen. Although the Final Rule won't affect a wide range of airmen, it certainly represents a move by the FAA in the right direction. And under the circumstances, I wouldn't expect to see any adverse comments to the Final Rule. But I will keep my fingers crossed anyway.

JETNET Offers Commercial Airliner Fleet Subscription Services

UTICA, NY – JETNET LLC, the world leader in aviation market intelligence, is now offering their new Commercial Airliner fleet subscription service, also know as “Big Planes”. JETNET Commercial Airliner will complement their business aircraft and helicopter subscription services, bringing together the “complete trio” of aviation fleet information.

Since acquiring Aviation Data Services, Inc. (AvData) in 2004, JETNET has continued to research worldwide commercial airline fleet data. AvData had its beginnings in October 1966 in Wichita, Kansas, and was one of the early pioneers that started the capture, analysis and dissemination of aviation fleet information and intelligence through the use of a worldwide reporting system.

“We are very pleased to present our “Big Planes” service to the worldwide commercial aviation marketplace,” said Vincent Esposito, JETNET President. “That includes widebody (twin aisle), narrowbody (single aisle), freighter and regional (under 100 seat) jet airliners, along with commuter turboprops.”

Since 2004 the commercial airline fleet data has been maintained under an annual single-source contract services agreement. JETNET is now offering the airliner aircraft fleet data through its real-time internet-accessed Evolution program, combined with both business aircraft and helicopters. The total fleet is comprised of nearly 100,000 in-operation airframes, 35,000 of which are airliners. 

JETNET’s services meet and exceed the industry’s requirements to provide timely, accurate data and information on these dynamic fleets, a critical service for aircraft professionals. The company routinely assists its clients, whether airframe manufacturers, maintenance and repair shops or financial institutions with special studies. These include services such as market analysis, product and business plan evaluation, fleet aging and ownership trends, and market projections.

Current JETNET clients include major airframe and powerplant manufacturers, service and maintenance organizations, aircraft finance and leasing companies, and dealers and brokers. JETNET is a resource employed by various aviation regulatory agencies throughout the world, and many others who require data on these aircraft populations. They are also regularly cited by trade and national media outlets.

The ways in which JETNET can assist you and your organization are virtually limitless”, said Lucia Frontera, JETNET’s Director of Market Research. “We recognize that each client has a unique set of requirements. What they share is the need for timely, accurate, complete fleet information, backed by the best aviation research organization in the world.”

The heart of JETNET’s market research is their 45 

person multilingual research team in Utica, NY, actively calling aircraft operators in order to maintain real-time updates to JETNET’s nearly 100,000 aircraft database.

For more than 20 years, JETNET has delivered the most comprehensive and reliable business and commercial aircraft research to its exclusive clientele of aviation professionals worldwide. In 2004, JETNET acquired Aviation Data Services, Inc. (AvData), founded in October 1966. JETNET is the ultimate source for fleet and marketplace information and intelligence. The company offers services for aviation professionals over the full spectrum of business and commercial aviation, including business jets and turboprops; fixed wing and helicopter aircraft; and commercial airliners; as well as management and networking tools for business aviation professionals and executives. Headquartered in its state-of-the-art facility in Utica, NY, JETNET provides multichannel access to real-time, userfriendly, comprehensive aircraft data.

For more information on JETNET Commercial Airliner, log on to or contact Michael Chase, JETNET Director, Special Projects at 214-226-9882 or [email protected]. For more information on JETNET LLC log on to or contact Paul Cardarelli, JETNET Director of Sales and Marketing, at 800-553-8638 (USA) or [email protected] or International inquiries, contact Karim Derbala, JETNET Exclusive Agent, EMEA, at or [email protected]

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