AFS Draft Advisory Circulars (AC) Open for Comment for U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. AC 120-85B, Air Cargo Operations has been added, and is now available at http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/afs_ac.
Julian Bray Aviation Expert comments: The FAA has released its latest draft advisory `circular for comment. Its contents for UK based aviation operations in respect of the handling of livestock and carriage of passenger pets is interesting and in some cases may involve physical changes to aircraft hold and cargo operations. Some may say not before time, but the outcome will be higher costs all round or possibly a shift to all cargo transits for livestock and pets, to accommodate longer loading times required to complete the proposed new systems. Clearly scheduled commercial aviation passenger slots are strictly timed and turnarounds are always under pressure.
Clearly the FAA is being stung into action by recent events and is set following consultation, to radically change the way animals are handled, also pets with passports may face significantly higher charges and insurance costs, as a direct knock on effect of the proposals
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