Friday, May 24, 2013
News of note before beginning your Memorial Day weekend:
- Qatar appears to have backed off its attempt to lure ICAO headquarters away from Canada.
- The European Commission has accepted the conditions proposed by Lufthansa, Air Canada and United for operation of the New York-Frankfurt route as part of their larger joint venture.
- Nigeria's Federal Executive Council has approved a new national policy on civil aviation intended to bring the country's safety regulation better in line with ICAO standards.
- Meanwhile, Australia's aviation safety agencies were harshly criticized in a senate committee report that could prompt the government to make changes.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A report from Reuters last weekend indicated that ICAO-led discussions do not appear to be on track to resolve the question of how to regulate international aviation carbon emissions by this fall as hoped. It's long been understood that a plan is unlikely to be voted on and adopted this year, but it was hoped that ICAO members would have at least coalesced around a single recommendation. Such progress would likely be enough that EU officials would delay reinstatement of the EU ETS to international air carriers. But Reuters' analysis suggests that unless considerably more progress is made during the second half of this year, the EU is likely to be unimpressed with the state of talks and forced to make a difficult decision whether to extend its one year moratorium. A USA Today story earlier today suggests that EU officials are aware they may have to settle for less progress than initially hoped, conceding that there is unlikely to be a vote on a proposal before the 2016 ICAO Assembly.
According to Reuters, the U.S. is pushing for a scheme that places each State in charge of regulation over its own airspace. This approach would align with the traditional delineation of regulatory responsibilities under international aviation law and address the most prominent concerns raised by the EU's partially extraterritorial approach. Such a solution would be a blow to those hoping for a cross-border precedent upon which future climate change regulations could be based.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013