The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in its role as the “court of appeals” for FAA certificate actions, has issued an interim final rule as a result of the recently enacted Pilot Bill of Rights, and is seeking public comment on the changes. Although the interim final rule is effective immediately, the NTSB is accepting formal comments for 60 days, until Dec. 17.
In accordance with the Pilot Bill of Rights legislation, the interim final rule alters evidentiary and procedural rules for enforcement action appeals, and allows parties to move for a dismissal of the action if the FAA fails to disclose its enforcement investigative report. More information on the interim final rule and the comment period can be found at go.usa.gov/YNbm.
As a result of a separate rulemaking process, the NTSB also issued a new final rule that will allow parties to file documents electronically. That rule becomes effective on Nov. 17, 2012.