PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 363-116-078 Training program.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 88.16 RCW, Pilotage Act.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In order to move a pilot trainee more efficiently through a training program, the board finds it necessary to adjust certain timelines set forth in this section of the Washington Administrative Code which deal with the training program initial evaluations and local knowledge exams.
The objective of this adjustment is to provide more flexibility in the administration and completion of certain segments of a pilot training program.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The board will begin considering written and oral comments from persons who may be interested in amending the rule as described above. Stakeholder comments are welcome. These comments are currently being accepted and will be discussed beginning at the August 13, 2009, regular session board meeting. An emergency rule is currently in effect. A public hearing will be scheduled in November to consider a permanent new rule pursuant to formal notice and rule-making procedures.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Peggy Larson, Administrator, Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, phone (206) 515-3904, fax (206) 515-3906, LarsonP@wsdot.wa.gov, www.pilotage.wa.gov. Participation is welcome from trainees and all other stakeholders.
July 21, 2009