Tag Archives: Air Transport

‘Why do I need a new Air Regs book every year?’

I’m often asked:   why do I need a new Air Regs book every year?  Always an interesting question and the answer changes every year!   For 2015 though, it’s really simple. This is an ICAO year, one in which there’s  a new edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions which is worldwide legal requirements for transporting dangerous goods by air. When the FAA or DOT comes to do an inspection, something they can do at any time without forewarning, they will want to see that your documentation and operations are current with the latest legal requirements (i.e., the 2015 – 2016 TIs). Continue reading

The Sky is NOT The Limit When Shipping DG

AIR0069It’s been a busy summer for our A.I.R. ShipperTM authoring team. Rolling in the large number of changes developed by ICAO, the UN and the IAEA was a challenge made more difficult with very late changes for lithium metal batteries. In case you hadn’t heard, these will be banned aboard passenger aircraft per the ICAO Technical Instructions effective January 1st, 2015; this in addition to their already-forbidden status under the US 49 CFR HMR aboard passenger aircraft flying to, from, and through the United States. Continue reading

FMCSA Considers Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Upgraded Federal Regulations Governing CDL Driver Training

In an action published in today’s Federal Register, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the retention of a “neutral convener” to explore with stakeholders the potential of entering into a negotiated rulemaking process regarding the upgrading of licensing requirements for holders of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Comments on this action are due no later than September 18th, 2014. Continue reading

TSA Requests Comment on Renewal of Information Collection Activities on Rail Carriers, Shippers of Designated Hazardous Materials

Rail Carrier

Security information collection requirements for the rail shipment of hazardous materials is up for comment under a notice published in the Federal Register. A train of tank cars carrying such cargo passes through Deerfield, Illinois on August 16th, 2014. (©2014 by Paul Burgess, used with permission)

The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today issued an extension of the comment period referencing an already approved and in-force Information Collection requirement affecting rail carriers and shippers by rail of certain hazardous materials.  Passenger carrying rail operations are also affected.  Under Docket TSA-2006-26514, the TSA extended for sixty days (until October 17th) the comment period on the requested renewal of the Information Collection requirement which among other things mandates that railroad and shipper “Security Coordinators” report to the Federal Government: Continue reading

Lithium Batteries: Notable Changes Result from PHMSA’s Final Rule — HM-224F

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new final ruling on the safe transport of lithium batteries was published today in the Federal Register. The adopted amendments in the final rule pertain to 49 CFR, Parts 171, 172, 173, and 175. Read the full text here. Continue reading