VOLUME 14 COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT
CHAPTER 3 SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Section 11 Special Emphasis Programs
14-3-11-1 GENERAL. It is the policy of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally to avoid
instituting mandatory sanction programs. However, at times special situations
arise, which dictate the need for stepped-up enforcement through increased
sanctions to bring about compliance in certain areas where normal compliance
programs, including remedial actions, are ineffective. Therefore, when necessary to reduce an elevated or critical incidence of noncompliance,
special emphasis programs may be instituted in all or part of the National Airspace
System (NAS). They will be instituted nationally by a joint determination of
the Office of the Executive Director, Flight Standards Service (AFX-1) and the
Office of the Chief Counsel (AGC-1). For other than NAS-wide programs, the responsible
Flight Standards office must coordinate with the Assistant Chief Counsel for Enforcement.
A. Predetermined Sanctions. Cases affected by these programs which raise
initial enforcement actions to a predetermined sanction (e.g., 60-day
certificate suspension for beach buzzing in a certain area of concern) will
remain subject to later modification based upon presentation of mitigating factors or other extenuating circumstances.
B. Use of Special Emphasis Programs. Special emphasis programs may be
used when it has been determined that the increased sanctions should bring about
compliance, that the results are measurable, and that upon return to normal
or noncritical status in the area of concern the programs will be discontinued.
C. Publicity. Before instituting a special emphasis program, adequate
publicity regarding the program must be given through such means as letters
to airmen, pilot forums, news media, etc. Also, a tracking method must be instituted
to measure the ongoing results until termination of the program.
D. Compliance and Enforcement Bulletins. As described in Order
Compliance and Enforcement Program, chapter 1, subparagraph 7c, the FAA may issue short-term
or urgent directives of fixed duration, as well as special emphasis programs,
such as Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) Bulletins. C&E Bulletins are
published as changes to Order
in Appendix B of that order. C&E Bulletins will state when they supersede sections of that order.
14-3-11-3 through 14-3-11-17 RESERVED.