HAI’s Government Affairs team keeps members up-to-date on important aviation issues, including aviation cyber regulations, the US reconciliation bill, and more.
Thank You for Joining HAI’s SAF Webinar Series!
HAI thanks you for your participation in the recent two-part webinar series on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on Sep. 23 and 30. The webinars provided listeners with a foundational understanding of SAF and educated the audience on sustainability initiatives from industry leaders. Several guests made appearances during the webinars, including CEOs of leading helicopter OEMs and engine manufacturers.
The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel released an article featuring the second HAI webinar in the series, titled “Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The OEM Perspective.” HAI encourages members to view the article on the coalition’s website.
FAA’s Recent TFR in Hawaii
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) imposed over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) by the US National Park Service (NPS) was issued on Sep. 30, 2021. The decision to issue this TFR was prompted by volcanic activity that included the release of ash and other volcanic material. The volcanoes are one of Hawaii’s main tourist attractions and the destination of various helicopter tour operations. Many helicopter operators object to the flight restriction, citing that flying in the area isn’t a safety issue, as tourists on the ground are permitted to enter the same area. The Hawaii Helicopter Association (HHA) says there’s no indication an explosive event would threaten aircraft in the area. HAI is working with the HHA and FAA to modify the TFR to better address potential dangers from recent Hawaiian volcanic activity.
NOTAM 1/5630 (issued Sep. 30)
NOTAM 1/7946 (modified Oct. 5)
White House Considers Trimming Reconciliation Bill
Lawmakers are determining the best path forward to pass the large spending bill. The overall top-line price for the bill is expected to be reduced to a total ranging from $1.9 trillion to $2.3 trillion, compared with President Biden’s initial $3.5 trillion package. The White House is considering across-the-board cuts to most items in the bill. However, some programs will likely have to be cut entirely. HAI is advocating for the continued inclusion of aviation industry priorities in the bill.
Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal yesterday to raise the debt ceiling until Dec. 3, temporarily averting a default on US debt obligations that would have occurred later this month. The debt limit will be increased by $480 billion to $28.9 trillion.
TSA to Issue Cyber Regulations for Aviation and Rail
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be issuing cyber regulations for the aviation and rail sectors. These new rules are part of a government-wide response to recent attacks on major infrastructure operators. In addition to the new aviation and rail rules, TSA has launched a broader regulatory process to strengthen cybersecurity and resilience in the transportation sector in the long term.
TSA will soon require airport operators and passenger and cargo airlines to designate a cyber point person and report breaches to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. TSA didn’t specify when these rules will be issued but confirmed that they will be instated by the time the Department of Homeland Security concludes a surface transportation cybersecurity sprint that was launched in September 2021.