EPA Begins Rulemaking Process to Address Lead in Aviation Gasoline

On April 28, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPR”) regarding lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft using leaded aviation gasoline. 75 Fed. Reg. 22,440 (Apr. 28, 2010). At this point, EPA is not proposing to regulate the use of leaded fuel, but is seeking comment on the data available for evaluating lead emissions, ambient concentrations, and potential exposure to lead from the use of leaded aviation gasoline. The ANPR also requests comment on approaches for phasing-down or eliminating leaded aviation gasoline. EPA will accept public comment on the ANPR through June 28, 2010.

Leaded aviation gasoline is used in general aviation aircraft with piston engines, which are typically used for instructional fl...

New FAA Rules Require Re-Registration & Renewal of Aircraft Registrations for U.S. Registered Aircraft

Under recently adopted rules, all current FAA aircraft registrations will expire between March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2013, and each new aircraft registration issued on or after October 1, 2010 will have a term of three years and will include a stated expiration date. Prior to the adoption of these rules, an aircraft registration was effective until the aircraft was either sold, deregistered or otherwise disposed of.

According to the FAA, approximately one-third of the 357,000 registered aircraft have inaccurate records – because of failure to report changes in aircraft ownership, address changes and destruction. This level of inaccuracy raised safety and law enforcement concerns...

Climate Change: International Regulation of GHG Emissions from Aircraft

The Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change explicitly exclude international emissions of air movements from the national targets of industrialized countries. Instead, Kyoto is calling on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to address this issue. Recently, ICAO failed to reach agreement on legitimate sanctions in line with the purpose of limiting the cost of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

On October 8, 2010, the 190 ICAO members had a resolution that sought to improve fuel economy and limit the greenhouse gas emissions of the aircraft. According to the decision, the ICO has improved the efficiency from 2% per year to 2050 levels by 2020...