ICAO Vacancy: Senior Internal Audit Officer, Office of Internal Oversight (P5)

The U.S. Mission to ICAO wishes to highlight this job opportunity at ICAO.  We encourage all qualified U.S. citizens to consider applying.   Posting Title:  Senior Internal Audit Officer, OIO, P5 Job Code Title:  CHIEF OF SECTION, AUDIT Department/Office:  International Civil Aviation Organization Duty Station:  MONTREAL Posting Period:  27 September 2021 – 27 October 2021 Job Opening Number:  21-Audit-ICAO-164909-R-Montreal ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release August 31, 2021 Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent Today, we join people around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent. By creating this day, ... Read More»

Jennifer Homendy Sworn In as Chair of NTSB

​WASHINGTON (Aug. 13, 2021) — The  Honorable Jennifer L. Homendy  took the oath of office Friday during an outdoor ceremony held at NTSB headquarters, in which she was sworn in as the 15th Chair of the  National Transportation Safety Board . Alfonso Montaño , the NTSB’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, administered the oath and presided over the ceremony. Homendy was nominated by President Joe Biden ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Implements More Efficient, Safer Flight Routes for South-Central Florida

For Immediate Release August 12, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – On Aug. 12, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) went live with the second phase of new air traffic routes and procedures that improve the safety and efficiency of airspace in South-Central Florida. The project, often referred to as the  South-Central Florida Metroplex initiative , will optimize aircraft arrival and departure ... Read More»

U.S. Donation of 5.5 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to CARICOM Countries

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 12, 2021 The United States is donating 5.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses along with ancillary kits to the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). As part of this donation, a shipment consisting of nearly 569,000 doses will be delivered to Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, St. ... Read More»

NASA Renews Support of Vertical Lift Research Centers of Excellence

NASA is continuing its support of university research into technologies for future helicopters and other vertical lift aircraft in partnership with the U.S. Army and Navy. With their unique ability to take off and land from any spot, as well as hover in place, vertical lift vehicles are increasingly being contemplated for use in providing ... Read More»

Air Carrier Turbulence-Related Injuries Can be Reduced, NTSB Finds

WASHINGTON (Aug. 10, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board, during a public meeting held Tuesday, recommended the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Weather Service and airline industry associations take specific actions to reduce the number of turbulence-related injuries in air carrier operations. “Pilot reports of turbulence conditions are a tremendous help to both pilots ... Read More»

Poor Braking Conditions Following Heavy Rain Led to 737 Runway Overrun

8/4/2021 ​Washington (August 4, 2021) — A jetliner overran a rain-soaked runway due to an “extreme loss of braking friction,” the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Wednesday. Miami Air International flight 293, a Boeing 737 charter transporting U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ended up in shallow waters ... Read More»

TSA announces new members of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee

National Press Release Wednesday, August 4, 2021 WASHINGTON – Transportation Security Administration Administrator David P. Pekoske announced 33 members to serve on the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), which provides recommendations for improving aviation security. The ASAC was initially established in 1989 following the destruction of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Major Milestone in Administration’s Global Vaccination Efforts

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Major Milestone in Administration’s Global Vaccination Efforts: More Than 100 Million U.S. COVID-⁠19 Vaccine Doses Donated and Shipped Abroad Building off of last week’s announcement of  additional actions  that we are taking to stop the spread of the Delta variant and get more people vaccinated in the United States, President Biden will ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Launches Campaign to Encourage Air Traffic Controller Applications from Women, Minorities

For Immediate Release July 22, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov Application window open July 30–Aug. 2 WASHINGTON – Ahead of an upcoming open application window to become an air traffic control specialist, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has launched a week-long campaign to encourage more applications from women, minorities, and individuals from underrepresented communities. ... Read More»

Zero Tolerance for Unruly and Dangerous Behavior Toolkit

The FAA has seen a disturbing  increase in incidents  where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. On January 13, 2021, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed  an order  directing a stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers in the wake of recent, troubling incidents. Historically, the agency has addressed unruly-passenger incidents using a variety of methods ranging from warnings and ... Read More»

Air Travel Consumer Report: May 2021 Numbers

Friday, July 16, 2021 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its July 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of May 2021. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. The ATCR and other aviation consumer matters ... Read More»

“TSA Summer Airport Operations, Staffing, and Federal Air Marshal Service Operations”

Darby LaJoye Executive Assistant Administrator, Security Operations Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Good morning Chairwoman Watson Coleman, Ranking Member Gimenez, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee.  Thank you for inviting us to testify before you today and we appreciate the opportunity to discuss Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) operations. First and foremost, we would like to recognize ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Releases New PSA, Levies $119K Against 9 Passengers for Alleged Unruly Behavior

For Immediate Release July 6, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new  public service announcement  and levied $119,000 in civil penalties against passengers for alleged violations of federal regulations as part of its Zero Tolerance efforts against unruly behavior. As part of the FAA’s Zero Tolerance campaign, the  web video  features ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Activates System to Track Space Launch, Reentry Vehicles

For Immediate Release July 8, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov Increases the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can now track a space launch or reentry vehicle in near-real time as it travels through the National Airspace System. This new capability increases safety for all ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Proposed Rule to Require Airlines to Refund Fees to Consumers for Significantly Delayed Bags and Services

Friday, July 9, 2021 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (Department) today announced that it is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require airlines to refund fees for checked bags that are significantly delayed and for ancillary services, such as advance seat selection and wi-fi, when consumers pay for them but ... Read More»

FAA Amends Cargo Exemptions

The FAA amended an exemption authorizing airlines to  transport cargo that is secured to the seat tracks  (PDF) of a passenger aircraft when seats are removed and no passengers are in the cabin. This amendment extends the exemption through December 31, 2021. The FAA also amended an exemption that allows airlines to  secure cargo to passenger seats  (PDF) when no passengers are in the cabin. The amendment extends the exemption through December 31, ... Read More»

TSA expects high travel volume, shares traveler tips ahead of Fourth of July

National Press Release Thursday, July 1, 2021 As summer travel volumes continue to rise and the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) remains prepared to ensure a secure screening process at airports nationwide. On Sunday, June 27, TSA screened 2,167,380 people through airport security checkpoints, which was the highest checkpoint ... Read More»

FAA, European Commission Reaffirm Commitment to Build Safer, More Sustainable Aviation System

June 30, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov The U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  and the European Commission’s  Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE)  affirmed their commitment to increasing aviation safety and building a more sustainable industry during a virtual meeting today with senior officials from both continents. “We’ve proven we can accomplish more, with better results, when we work together,” said FAA Administrator Steve ... Read More»

FAA Awards Nearly $845M to Build More Accessible, Environmentally Friendly and Modern Airports

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) awarded more than $845 million in grants for projects that will mitigate environmental impacts, increase accessibility, and expand capacity at airports across the United States. The funding from the fourth round of FY 2021  Airport Improvement Program  grants will pay for projects at  388 airports in 49 states plus the District of Columbia . “We don’t want to just build our ... Read More»

Update: NTSB Investigation of Transair Flight 810 Crash Continues

WASHINGTON (July 5, 2021) — The  National Transportation Safety Board’s  investigation of Friday’s crash of Transair flight 810 continues Monday as investigators continue to gather information and evidence. Rhoades Aviation Inc., dba Transair, flight 810, a Boeing 737-200, ditched in the waters of Mamala Bay near Honolulu, shortly after takeoff from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Hawaii. Flight 810 ... Read More»

NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt Leaves Government Service

​​WASHINGTON (June 30, 2021) — National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt ended his nearly 15 years at the NTSB, as he retired from government service Wednesday. Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg will serve as the acting chairman until a new chair is confirmed by the Senate. President Biden nominated NTSB Member Jennifer Homendy May ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA, European Commission Reaffirm Commitment to Build Safer, More Sustainable Aviation System

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) affirmed their commitment to increasing aviation safety and building a more sustainable industry during a virtual meeting today with senior officials from both continents. Read More»

Statement on the U.S. DOT issuance of order that would prohibit the sale of passenger air transportation between United States and Belarus

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Today, June 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an order proposing to prohibit the sale of passenger air transportation, including air transportation on an interline basis (e.g. tickets booked through one airline that contain flights operated by multiple airlines), between the United States and Belarus. DOT’s order is premised ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Proposes Fines Against Four Passengers for Allegedly Interfering with Flight Attendants

For Immediate Release June 14, 2021 Contact: Pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes civil penalties ranging from $7,500 to $15,500 against four airline passengers for allegedly interfering with flight attendants who instructed them to obey cabin crew instructions and various federal regulations. The enforcement actions announced today are ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection Initiates Enforcement Proceeding Seeking Approximately $25 million Against

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection Initiates Enforcement Proceeding Seeking Approximately $25 million Against Air Canada for Extreme Delays in Providing Required Refunds   Tuesday, June 15, 2021 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection (OACP) today announced that it has filed a formal complaint against Air ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Today that Eligible Businesses Can Now Apply for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 $3 Billion can be used to help cover employee compensation costs for up to six months WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the launch of the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program . The Department is encouraging eligible businesses of all sizes to apply for funding to protect jobs for workers as the ... Read More»

NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails

Cleaner-burning jet fuels made from sustainable sources can produce 50%-70% fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment, according to research conducted by NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).   Ice crystal contrail formations can linger in the upper atmosphere for hours and affect the way Earth is heated and cooled. ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S. – EU Understanding on a Cooperative Framework for Large Civil Aircraft

United States and EU Reach Agreement to Address Shared Challenges from China At the outset of his trip, the President was clear that his goal was to demonstrate the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age. And, he was clear that he wanted to demonstrate that the United States could ... Read More»

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Agreement with the European Union on Boeing-Airbus

Today, the United States and the European Union made a major breakthrough in the Boeing-Airbus trade dispute, which has lasted more than 16 years. Both the U.S. and EU agreed to suspend our tariffs for five years, and we committed to ensuring a level playing field for our companies and our workers. Significantly, we also ... Read More»

CBP Introduces Simplified Arrival at Denver International Airport

Secure and Streamlined Travel through Facial Biometrics DENVER — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in partnership with the Denver’s Department of Aviation, announced today the implementation of the Simplified Arrival process at Denver International Airport (DEN). CBP’s enhanced international arrival process uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission ... Read More»

Speech – “FAA Administrator Steve Dickson: Episode III Keynote”

“FAA Administrator Steve Dickson: Episode III Keynote” Stephen M. Dickson, Virtual June 9, 2021 UAS Symposium Thanks Erik, for that introduction, and welcome everyone to the FAA’s sixth annual UAS Symposium.  Since this year’s Symposium is fully virtual again, we decided to stick with the “Remotely Piloted Edition” moniker, and we’re looking forward to presenting Episode ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Historic Vaccine Donation: Half a Billion Pfizer Vaccines to the World’s Lowest-Income Nations

500 million life-saving vaccines to be delivered by June of next year, including 200 million to be delivered by the end of 2021 Donation will serve as the foundation for a coordinated effort by the world’s democracies to vaccinate people around the world   Today, President Biden will announce that the United States will purchase ... Read More»

TSA surpasses 2 million daily travelers screened

Highest screening volume since pandemic began National Press Release Saturday, June 12, 2021 WASHINGTON—The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) surpassed the 2 million threshold for travelers screened in one day on Friday, June 11, when 2,028,961 people were screened at airport security checkpoints. It marked the first time that more than 2 million individuals were screened ... Read More»

FAA Approves Renewal of Oklahoma Spaceport License

After completing a comprehensive review, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the renewal of the spaceport license for the  Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority . The  license  authorizes the Authority to operate a launch site at the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark in Burns Flat, Okla., in support of FAA-licensed or –permitted suborbital missions by reusable launch vehicles. The license is valid for ... Read More»

TSA introduces latest aviation security technologies in place at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport’s Innovation Checkpoint

LAS VEGAS – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in partnership with Las Vegas McCarran International Airport today announced the official reopening of the Innovation Checkpoint, which features the latest upgrades in aviation security technologies to improve security and the passenger screening experience. Today’s reopening coincides with the return of the convention industry to Las Vegas. ... Read More»

Boeing to Pay at Least $17 Million to Settle Enforcement Cases on 737

WASHINGTON — The Boeing Company will pay at least $17 million in penalties and undertake multiple corrective actions with its production under a  settlement agreement  (PDF) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA found that the Chicago-based manufacturer  installed equipment  on 759 Boeing 737 MAX and NG aircraft containing sensors that were not approved for that equipment; submitted approximately 178 ... Read More»

FAA: Exercise Extreme Caution Over Belarus

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  issued an alert  (PDF) advising U.S. passenger airlines to exercise extreme caution while flying over Belarus. The FAA’s Notice to Airmen says airlines should continue to exercise extreme caution until the agency can better assess Belarus’ actions surrounding the May 23 diversion of a passenger jet and the potential for Belarus to repeat similar actions in the future. The FAA is working closely with other ... Read More»

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Unveils $88 billion FY 2022 Budget Proposal to Ensure Safety

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Unveils $88 billion FY 2022 Budget Proposal to Ensure Safety, Address Climate Change, and Create Economic Strength, Good Paying Jobs and Equitable Access to Opportunity   Friday, May 28, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2022. As the Administration continues ... Read More»

TSA prepares operations for peak summer travel demand

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to ramp up and refine operations for expected increased passenger travel volumes in advance of the Memorial Day holiday weekend and throughout the summer months. “As we head into a summer where we hope to see a tremendous reemergence of domestic travel and the economic prosperity that ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Proposes Fines Against 5 Passengers for Allegedly Interfering with Flight Attendants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed civil penalties ranging from $9,000 to $15,000 against five airline passengers for allegedly interfering with and, in two cases, assaulting flight attendants who instructed them to obey cabin crew instructions and various federal regulations. The enforcement actions announced today are part of the FAA’s zero-tolerance policy for unruly ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Seeks Comments from the Public for Environmental Review of O’Hare Airport Terminal Project

CHICAGO — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will seek comments from the public as it begins an Environmental Assessment to evaluate a multi-billion dollar O’Hare International Airport project proposed by the Chicago Department of Aviation. The proposed project involves the airport’s terminal area, numerous capital improvement projects and hotel development. In addition, as part of the assessment, ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Completes Rule Establishing Pilot Records Database to Increase Safety

WASHINGTON – A new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will enable the sharing of pilot records among employers in an electronic database maintained by the agency. The  final rule  (PDF) for the Pilot Records Database requires air carriers and certain other operators to report pilots’ employment history, training, and qualifications to the database. The rule also requires ... Read More»

TSA prepared for summer travel out of Pittsburgh International Airport

What travelers need to know about how the TSA checkpoint experience has changed as a result of the pandemic PITTSBURGH – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects to see travel volume increase out of Pittsburgh International Airport this summer and the agency is prepared to handle the increase in travelers while remaining committed to supporting ... Read More»

TSA is prepared for summer travel out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport as more travelers take to the sky

BUFFALO, N.Y. – An increase in the number of travelers is expected to fly out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport this summer and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is prepared to handle the increased travel volume while remaining committed to supporting a healthy and secure environment for airline passengers, TSA employees and airport personnel. However, ... Read More»

TSA is ready for summer travel season out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport as more travelers take to the sky

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – As summer travel approaches, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects to see an uptick in the number of travelers who will be flying out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport. “TSA is prepared to handle the increased travel volume while remaining committed to supporting a healthy and secure environment for airline passengers, TSA ... Read More»

TSA at Southwest Florida International Airport Is Ready for Increasing Passenger Volumes Remember These Travel Tips as You Prepare to Fly Once Again

Fort Myers – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ready for the continued surge in travelers at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and across the country.  Acrylic barriers and upgraded technology now reduce or eliminate physical contact between passengers and TSA staff. But as you prepare to fly after what could be a year or ... Read More»

TSA is prepared for summer travel from Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – With Memorial Day Weekend about to kick off, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ready for the expected increase in the number of travelers who will be flying out of Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. “We are prepared to handle the expected increase in travel volume this summer and at the ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling abroad, are a direct affront to international norms. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane and the subsequent ... Read More»

Diversion of Ryanair Flight to Belarus and Arrest of Journalist

The United States strongly condemns the forced diversion of a flight between two EU member states and the subsequent removal and arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich in Minsk. We demand his immediate release. This shocking act perpetrated by the Lukashenka regime endangered the lives of more than 120 passengers, including U.S. citizens. Initial reports suggesting ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

Belarus’s forced diversion of a commercial Ryanair flight, traveling between two member states of the European Union, and subsequent removal and arrest of Raman Pratasevich, a Belarusian journalist traveling abroad, are a direct affront to international norms. The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane and the subsequent ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Addresses ICAO about Its Role in Combatting the Climate Crisis

The U.S. Mission to ICAO hosted a virtual lunch event focused on climate change and aviation for the President of the Council, Secretary General, and Council members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on May 20.  Special Presidential Envoy for Climate  John Kerry  delivered a poignant  video message  emphasizing the special role and responsibility of ICAO in global efforts to fight ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Two Passengers for Allegedly Interfering with Flight Attendants

For Immediate Release May 10, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes civil penalties of $10,500 and $9,000 against two airline passengers for allegedly interfering with flight attendants who instructed them to obey cabin crew instructions and various federal regulations. The cases are as follows: $10,500 against a passenger on a ... Read More»

Mark Your Calendar: 2021 FAA UAS Symposium

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host Episodes III and IV of the virtual  FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium – Remotely Piloted Edition . The theme for this year’s virtual event is “Above and Beyond” and will take place on June 9-10, 2021, and September 14-15, 2021. Register now  to  join the conversation as experts from industry, academia, ... Read More»

FAA Adds More Space Launch Activity Areas to Pilot Navigation Charts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is increasing pilot safety and airspace awareness by marking more space launch activity areas on navigation  charts . Adding space launch activity areas to the navigation charts used by pilots who fly visually responds to the recent and expected continued growth of commercial space operations. All 12 FAA-licensed  spaceports , and other ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® enrollment center coming to Moscow the week of May 24

Appointments available online now MOSCOW, Idaho – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that local residents can make an appointment now to enroll in TSA PreCheck® at a temporary enrollment center in Moscow, Idaho, that will be open for five consecutive days starting Monday, May 24, 2021. The temporary enrollment center will be located ... Read More»

Opportunity to enroll in TSA PreCheck® coming to Rochester the week of May 17

Local Press Release Monday, May 3, 2021 ROCHESTER, Minnesota – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that residents of the Rochester, Minnesota, area can make an appointment now to enroll in TSA PreCheck® at a temporary enrollment center that will be open for five consecutive days starting Monday, May 17, 2021. The temporary enrollment center ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® application center to open for appointments at Dallas Love Field Airport

Local Press Release Monday, May 3, 2021 DALLAS, TX – Residents of Dallas will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA PreCheck® program at Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) May 17 – 21. The airport is a convenient location to sign up for the popular program that enables enrolled travelers to ... Read More»

Cascade County, Montana, residents encouraged to enroll in TSA PreCheck® the week of May 24

Local Press Release Monday, May 3, 2021 GREAT FALLS, Montana – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that residents of Cascade County, Montana, and surrounding areas can make an appointment now to enroll in TSA PreCheck® at a temporary enrollment center that will be open for five consecutive days starting Monday, May 24, 2021. The ... Read More»

TSA begins screening operations at new LAX security checkpoint in Terminal 1

Local Press Release Saturday, May 1, 2021 LOS ANGELES – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin security screening operations Saturday, May 1, 2021, at a new six-lane security checkpoint located in the western portion of Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The new checkpoint is located upstairs from the Terminal 1 ticket ... Read More»

Opportunity to enroll in TSA PreCheck® coming to central Oregon the week of May 10

Local Press Release Friday, April 30, 2021 REDMOND, Oregon – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that residents of Central Oregon can make an appointment now to enroll in TSA PreCheck® at Roberts Field – Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM). Enrollment will be offered for five consecutive days starting Monday, May 10, 2021. At airports across ... Read More»

TSA extends face mask requirement at airports and throughout the transportation network

National Press Release Friday, April 30, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through September 13. TSA’s initial face mask requirement went ... Read More»

Uniform Global National Interest Exceptions to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 30, 2021 In keeping with the Department of State’s commitment to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States, Secretary Blinken decided today to apply the same set of National Interest Exceptions to India that he had previously applied to all other regional travel restrictions currently in effect as ... Read More»

Press Release – Federal Aviation Administration and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Partner on Executive Video Series

For Immediate Release April 30, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT)  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  and the  Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)  released the first in a  series of joint videos  to share lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis. The five episode executive video series will cover resilient leadership, safety oversight, emerging technology, risk-based decision-making and women in aviation. The series will present lessons ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands

Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands on Transportation and Climate Change Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Secretary of Transportation of the United States of America, Pete Buttigieg and Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen met on April ... Read More»

Press Release – New Drone Rules Take Effect Today

For Immediate Release April 21, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON –Final rules take effect today for remotely identifying drones and allowing operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. “Today’s rules are an important first step in safely and securely managing the growing use of drones in our airspace, though more ... Read More»

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

4/19/2021 Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Update The Office of Aerospace Medicine is closely following the FDA and CDC Johnson and Johnson Vaccine pause recommendation.  Once the outcome of the CDC ACIP deliberations are known, policy for use by airmen and air traffic controllers will be amended if it is indicated. If you are offered a ... Read More»

Air Travel Consumer Report: February 2021 Numbers

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its April 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of February 2021.  The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines.  The ATCR and other aviation consumer ... Read More»

TSA Team in Shreveport, Louisiana, Is Ready With New Technology and Travel Tips

Local Press Release Wednesday, April 21, 2021 SHREVEPORT – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ready for the surge in travelers at Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV).  Acrylic barriers and upgraded technology now reduce or eliminate physical contact between passengers and TSA staff. The TSA offers serious tips for navigating the airport checkpoint.  The first is ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® application center to open for appointments at Corpus Christi Internationl Airport

Local Press Release Thursday, April 22, 2021 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Residents of Corpus Christi will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA PreCheck® program at Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) May 10-14. The airport is a convenient location to sign up for the popular program that enables enrolled travelers to ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® application center to open for appointments at Abilene Regional Airport

Local Press Release Monday, April 26, 2021 ABILENE, TX – Residents of Abilene will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA PreCheck® program at Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) May 3-7. The airport is a convenient location to sign up for the popular program that enables enrolled travelers to “Travel with Ease” ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® application center to open for appointments at Central Wisconsin Regional Airport

Local Press Release Monday, April 26, 2021 MOSINEE, WI – Residents of central Wisconsin will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA PreCheck® program at Central Wisconsin Regional Airport (CWA) May 10-14. The airport is a convenient location to sign up for the popular program that enables enrolled travelers to “Travel ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

President Biden spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding preparations for the April 22-23 Leaders Summit on Climate, efforts to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, and the two Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – unjustly detained by the government of China. The President applauded Canada’s vital contributions to addressing climate change and both ... Read More»

Limitations of See-and-Avoid, Lack of Warning Alerts, Led to Alaska Midair Collision

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2021) — A midair collision of two air tour airplanes was caused by “the inherent limitations of the see-and-avoid concept” along with the absence of alerts from both airplanes’ traffic display systems, the  National Transportation Safety Board  announced during a public meeting Tuesday. “From the earliest days of powered flight, pilots have been taught to avoid ... Read More»

The United States and the Republic of the Congo Open Skies Air Transport Agreement Enters Into Force

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 19, 2021 On April 19, the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of the Congo entered into force. The Agreement establishes a modern civil aviation relationship with Congo consistent with the U.S. Open Skies international aviation ... Read More»

Vaccinated and Traveling? Visit FlyHealthy.gov and Know Before You Go

Updated information from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) about traveling by air after receiving COVID-19  vaccines  is now on  FlyHealthy.gov  – the one-stop portal for the latest pandemic-related air-travel information from multiple federal agencies. The CDC guidance for  domestic  and  international  travel recommends delaying your trip until fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and ... Read More»

Travel Advisory Updates

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 19, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers. In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad. As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State will begin updating its Travel ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Continues to Actively Engage with Air Canada on the Issue of Ticket Refunds

Friday, April 16, 2021 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation has made clear to Air Canada its position that a refusal to refund passengers when the carrier cancels or significantly changes a flight would be an unfair business practice in violation of U.S. law. Air Canada has informed the Department that it will provide ... Read More»

Pilot’s Actions, Maintenance Issues, Ineffective Safety Management System and Oversight, all Contributed to Fatal Crash of Historic B-17 Airplane

4/13/2021 WASHINGTON (April 13, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board detailed in an accident report issued Tuesday the circumstances that led to the crash of a Boeing B-17G airplane that killed seven people and injured seven others. The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to properly manage the ... Read More»

MEDIA ADVISORY: Fatal Midair Collision Subject of April 20 Board Meeting

4/15/2021 ​WASHINGTON (April 15, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday its intent to hold a public board meeting April 20, 2021, 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, to determine the probable cause of a fatal midair collision involving two air tour operators in Alaska. On May 13, 2019, a float-equipped de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver ... Read More»

Fly Safe Focus: Angle of Attack Awareness

WASHINGTON–This month’s Fly Safe campaign topic looks at the importance of aircraft angle of attack awareness.   The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee’s (GAJSC) loss of control workgroup believes that a lack of awareness, with respect to angle of attack (AOA), has resulted in the loss of aircraft control and contributed to fatal GA accidents. ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Initial Steps Toward Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Initial Steps Toward Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program, Encourages Businesses, Especially Small Businesses, to Begin Preparing for the Application Process Wednesday, April 14, 2021 $3 billion available soon for eligible businesses hurt by the pandemic to help cover employee compensation costs for up to six months WASHINGTON – Today, the ... Read More»

Polly Trottenberg Joins U.S. Department of Transportation as Deputy Secretary

Thursday, April 15, 2021 Polly Trottenberg was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation by Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in a private ceremony, following her Senate confirmation yesterday. Trottenberg brings more than 25 years of public sector experience across all levels of government to the role. Most recently, she served for ... Read More»

TSA in Baton Rouge Is Ready for Increasing Passenger Volumes Remember These Travel Tips As You Prepare to Fly Once Again

Local Press Release Wednesday, April 14, 2021 BATON ROUGE – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ready for the continued surge in travelers at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) and across the country.  Acrylic barriers and upgraded technology now reduce or eliminate physical contact between passengers and TSA staff. But as you prepare to fly ... Read More»

President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate Key Administration Leaders on Climate and Transportation

APRIL 14, 2021 •  STATEMENTS AND RELEASES WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 10 members of his Administration to lead on climate and transportation matters across key agencies, including the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Transportation. The President has tapped Tommy Beaudreau for Deputy Secretary of ... Read More»

Inadequate Flight Training, Poorly Maintained Airplane, Insufficient Oversight, Contributed to Parachute Jump Flight Accident

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board detailed in an accident report issued Tuesday the circumstances that led to the June 21, 2019, crash of a parachute jump flight that killed all 11 people on board. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s aggressive takeoff maneuver, ... Read More»

New Guidelines for U.S. Government Interactions with Taiwan Counterparts

The Department of State has issued new guidelines for U.S. government interaction with Taiwan counterparts to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship.  The guidance underscores Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and an important security and economic partner that is also a force for good in the international community.  These ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® application center to open for appointments At Erie International Airport

Individuals will be able to enroll in TSA PreCheck® at Erie International Airport from May 3 to 7. (TSA photo) ERIE, Pa. – Residents of the Erie area and northwestern Pennsylvania region will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA PreCheck® application program inside Erie International Airport from May 3 to 7, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Transport Cooperation By the Department of Transportation of the United States and the Ministry of Transport of Singapore

Secretary of Transportation of the United States of America, Pete Buttigieg and Minister for Transport of the Republic of Singapore, Ong Ye Kung, held an introductory virtual meeting on April 8, 2021. Secretary Buttigieg and Minister Ong both recognize the impact of transportation on climate change, as well as the critical role that transport plays ... Read More»

Recurrent Training Courses for Drone Pilots Available Online

Drone pilots who have  Part 107  Remote Pilot Certification can now take their required training courses online. The training ensures that they have the knowledge necessary to operate in accordance with the  Operations Over People  rule when it becomes effective on April 21, 2021. The training is free and available on the  FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) website . There are three courses: Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initial (ALC-451)  – Current Part ... Read More»

CBP Officers, Facial Biometrics Detect Two Cameroon Impostors to U.S. Passports at Dulles Airport

STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers identified two Cameroon women as impostors at Washington Dulles International Airport on Monday with the help of biometric facial comparison technology. CBP Officer on Duty at Port of Entry (file) The two women arrived at a CBP primary inspection booth separately after their flight arrived ... Read More»

CBP Launches Simplified Arrival at Tampa Airport to Secure, Streamline International Travel

TAMPA, FL – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the implementation of Simplified Arrival at Tampa International Airport (TPA). An officer at the Tampa International Airport processes an international traveler using Simplified Arrival.   Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrivals process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that ... Read More»

NASA Seeks to Create a Better Battery with SABERS

Dealing with battery issues on our phones, tablets, or laptops can be frustrating. Although batteries are everywhere in everyday life, many still suffer breakdowns and failures. The minor inconvenience of needing to charge them more often could even turn into costly repairs or buying a new device altogether. Batteries in larger electronics, like hoverboards or ... Read More»

DOE Announces $61.4 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Transportation Emissions

Low-Carbon Biofuels Could Power Airplanes, Ships, and Other Heavy-Duty Vehicles WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $61.4 million for technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. Biofuels are derived from renewable resources and can power heavy-duty vehicles that are difficult to electrify with current technologies—including airplanes and ships—to help accelerate America’s ... Read More»

Require and Verify the Effectiveness of Safety Management Systems in all Revenue Passenger-Carrying Aviation Operations

  By establishing an effective safety management system (SMS) and creating a safety culture aimed at making safety a focus first and always, operators will improve aviation safety and reduce the risk of accidents. An SMS should address four components: safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, safety promotion. It can be scalable to the ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Awards $627.7 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

For Immediate Release April 1, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award more than $627.7 million in infrastructure and safety projects through the  FY2021 Airport Improvement Program  (AIP). “Airports serve as a lifeline for communities across the nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “Modernizing our infrastructure in a way ... Read More»

TSA Provides Tips for Travelers for Less Stress at Central Wisconsin Airport

MOSINEE, WI – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) has steadily handled the recent uptick in passenger volume during the past month. However, TSA reminds travelers that by following a few suggestions, they can help reduce their time in airport security screening. At this time of year, passenger numbers tend to ... Read More»

Travelers Across Alabama Should Heed These Travel Tips

BIRMINGHAM – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ready for the continued surge in spring break travelers.  Acrylic barriers and upgraded technology now reduce or eliminate physical contact between passengers and TSA staff. The TSA offers serious tips for navigating the airport checkpoint.  The first is to leave your gun at home or declare it ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® application center to open for appointments at Appleton International Airport

APPLETON, WI – Residents of east-central Wisconsin will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA PreCheck® program at Appleton International Airport (ATW) April 19-23. The airport is a convenient location to sign up for the popular program that enables enrolled travelers to “Travel with Ease” by experiencing an expedited security screening ... Read More»

Entry Into Force of U.S.-UK Civil Air Transport Agreement

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 26, 2021 On March 25, the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland completed an exchange of diplomatic notes to bring the U.S.-UK Air Transport Agreement (“the Agreement”) into force. Both governments had been applying the Agreement, signed in November 2020, on the basis ... Read More»

TSA highlights new technologies, security checkpoint changes at Spokane International Airport ahead of spring break travel period

SPOKANE, Washington – With an anticipated spike in the number of people traveling around the spring break period, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) highlighted its use of new technologies and modified security procedures to help protect the health and safety of travelers departing Spokane International Airport (GEG). TSA is using computed tomography (CT) technology in ... Read More»

CBP Expands Simplified Arrival in RGV

Secure, seamless arrival process will support travel recovery efforts RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has now introduced Simplified Arrival at all of the pedestrian border crossings in the Rio Grande Valley ports of entry. A traveler in Rio Grande City is processed using Simplified Arrival.   Simplified Arrival is ... Read More»

TSA at Buffalo Niagara International Airport gets new credential authentication technology to improve checkpoint screening capabilities

BUFFALO, N.Y. —  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Buffalo Niagara International Airport is now using new technology that confirms the validity of a traveler’s identification (ID) and confirms their flight information in near real time. “The new credential authentication technology (CAT) that we are now using at Buffalo enhances detection capabilities for identifying ... Read More»

CBP Introduces Simplified Arrival at SJU in San Juan, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in partnership with Aerostar announced today the implementation of the Simplified Arrival process at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (IATA: SJU, ICAO: TJSJ). Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required ... Read More»

Three actions you can take while deciding when you’ll be comfortable flying again

ARLINGTON, Va.—Airline travel volume is starting to pick up since the pandemic began a year ago, but with the CDC continuing to advise against non-essential travel, not everyone is ready to fly again. Whether you’re waiting for the CDC to give the “all clear” or you’re trying to decide when you’ll be comfortable flying again, ... Read More»

Temporary TSA PreCheck® application center to open for appointments at Appleton International Airport

APPLETON, WI – Residents of east-central Wisconsin will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA PreCheck® program at Appleton International Airport (ATW) April 19-23. The airport is a convenient location to sign up for the popular program that enables enrolled travelers to “Travel with Ease” by experiencing an expedited security screening ... Read More»

CBP Expands Biometrics Facial Comparison at BWI Airport to Secure and Streamline International Travel

Release Date: March 24, 2021 BALTIMORE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the implementation of Simplified Arrival at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrivals process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. ... Read More»

Cutting Edge Ground Recorders Selected to Measure Future X-59 Quiet Supersonic Flights

For the deserts of Southern California, the major milestones of aviation have long been marked by the unique sights, and sounds, of flight. From the late Chuck Yeager’s breaking of the sound barrier in 1947, to the space shuttles’ approach and landing at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (then Dryden) in Edwards, and through today, ... Read More»

Press Release – New Era of U.S. Commercial Space Transportation Begins

FAA Streamlined Launch and Reentry Rule Takes Effect WASHINGTON — The United States is leading the way to a new era of  commercial space transportation  with a final rule that streamlines the licensing process for private sector launch and reentry operations. “Innovation in commercial space transportation is increasing dramatically, and policy needs to keep up. This rule will ... Read More»

CBP Expands Biometric Facial Comparison at Philadelphia International Airport to Secure and Streamline International Travel

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the implementation of Simplified Arrival at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrivals process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. Simplified Arrival provides travelers with a secure, touchless ... Read More»

TSA highlights touchless technologies, security checkpoint changes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport ahead of spring break travel period

SEATTLE – Ahead of what is projected to be a busy spring break travel period, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) highlighted its use of touchless technologies and modified security procedures to help protect the health and safety of travelers departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. TSA is using computed tomography (CT) technology in the security checkpoint at ... Read More»

FAA to Implement South-Central Florida Metroplex on April 22

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 22 will implement the first phase of the South-Central Florida Metroplex, the agency’s plan to move flights more safely and efficiently across the southern half of the state. Metroplex procedures will allow flights that are more direct and have more efficient climb and descent profiles. The agency will ... Read More»

NTSB Calls for Enhanced Safety Standards in Some Revenue Passenger-Carrying General Aviation Operations

3/23/2021 ​WASHINGTON (March 23, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday asked the Federal Aviation Administration to enhance a series of safety requirements in regulations that allow some revenue passenger-carrying flight operations to be conducted as general aviation flights. “The NTSB remains concerned with the inadequate safety standards the FAA allows for some revenue ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Launches “Mask Up” Campaign

Ready-to-use toolkit helps transportation operators educate the public about the Federal requirement to wear a mask while traveling and at transportation hubs  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today the “Mask Up,” campaign to help ensure the safety of transportation workers. The campaign is a joint effort by the Federal Aviation, Motor Carrier ... Read More»

New airlines join TSA PreCheck®

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the expansion of its TSA PreCheck® expedited screening program with the addition of LATAM Airlines Group, TAM-Linhas Aereas S.A., LAN Peru S.A. and Aerolane Lineas Aereas Nacionales del Ecuador, which collectively offers an extensive range of destinations throughout South America. In addition, Air Choice One was ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Transportation Details the American Rescue Plan’s Benefits for Transportation

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Transportation highlights the transportation elements of the historic American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), which will provide immediate relief for American workers, help communities that are struggling in the wake of COVID-19, and ensure that our transportation system keeps running. ARP includes a ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Two Passengers for Allegedly Interfering with Flight Attendants

For Immediate Release March 17, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes civil penalties of $20,000 and $12,250 against two passengers for allegedly interfering with, and in one case assaulting, flight attendants who instructed them to wear facemasks and obey various federal regulations. The cases are as follows: ... Read More»

Fly Safe Focus: WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program

WASHINGTON–This month’s Fly Safe campaign topic looks at how pilots can maintain proficiency with the  Federal Aviation Administration ’s (FAA) WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. Proficiency training is required for most professional pilots and plays a key role in aviation safety. Studies have shown that pilots who participate in regular proficiency training are much less likely to experience accidents. ... Read More»

TSA explores use of ultraviolet light to disinfect checkpoint bins

New technology to be demonstrated at Reagan National Aiport WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched an assessment of new technology that uses Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light to disinfect airport checkpoint bins in the agency’s continuing effort to provide safer checkpoint experiences by working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria. ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Statement from FAA Administrator Steve Dickson

For Immediate Release March 16, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov The FAA is extending its zero-tolerance policy for unruly passengers I have decided to extend the FAA’s unruly-passenger zero-tolerance policy as we continue to do everything we can to confront the pandemic. The policy directs our safety inspectors and attorneys to take strong enforcement action against any passenger who ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Proposes $14,500 Civil Penalty Against Passenger for Allegedly Interfering with Flight Attendants

For Immediate Release March 12, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $14,500 civil penalty against an airline passenger for allegedly interfering with flight attendants who instructed him to wear a face mask and stop consuming alcohol he had brought on board the aircraft. On a Dec. 23, ... Read More»

NASA to Begin High-Voltage Ground Testing on All-Electric X-57

NASA is set to start high-voltage functional ground testing of the agency’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell, which will perform flights to help develop certification standards for emerging electric aircraft. NASA is also supporting these new electric aircraft by developing quiet, efficient, reliable technology these vehicles will need in routine use. The testing will ... Read More»

Laser Strikes Increase Even with Fewer Planes Flying

WASHINGTON –Laser strikes against pilots increased in 2020 even with the overall decrease in air traffic operations. In 2020, pilots reported 6,852 laser strikes to the FAA. This is an increase from 6,136 laser strikes reported in 2019 and is the highest number reported to the agency since 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) remains vigilant in raising awareness about ... Read More»

FAA, Choctaw Nation Team Up to Advance UAS

Oklahoma City, OK – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with the Choctaw Nation to study how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can best transport cargo, including parcels, at lower altitudes. The FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC), signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The agreement will enable the ... Read More»

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Every year on March 8th, the United States joins the world in recognizing International Women’s Day by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls. The United States recognizes the reality that the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic life is critical to the peace and prosperity of our collective ... Read More»

Statement by President Biden on International Women’s Day

Women’s history is American history — and world history. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements, contributions, and progress of women and girls in the United States and around the globe. My Administration is committed to honoring women by investing in their opportunity, security, and wellbeing. I was proud to issue an Executive Order ... Read More»

NTSB Issues Investigative Update for United Airlines Flight 328 Engine Failure Event

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board published an investigative update Friday for its ongoing investigation of the Feb. 20, 2021, United Airlines flight 328 engine failure event. UAL flight 328 experienced a failure of the right Pratt & Whitney PW4077 engine shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport, Denver. There were ... Read More»

TSA Continues Testing Touchless Checkpoint Technologies

DETROIT – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Delta Air Lines, is beginning a new round of testing of a biometric facial comparison technology at the TSA checkpoint to verify the identity of select Delta Air Lines SkyMiles® members ... Read More»

Interim National Security Strategic Guidance

Today, the Administration released the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, attached. This interim guidance has been issued to convey President Biden’s vision for how America will engage with the world, and to provide guidance for departments and agencies to align their actions as the Administration begins work on a National Security Strategy. To view the ... Read More»

FAA Proposes $27,500 Civil Penalty Against Passenger for Allegedly Interfering with and Assaulting Flight Attendant

Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $27,500 civil penalty against an airline passenger for allegedly interfering with and assaulting a flight attendant. The FAA alleges that on an Oct. 19, 2020, Delta Air Lines flight from Miami, Fla., to Atlanta, Ga., the passenger was traveling with and ... Read More»

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers May Receive Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine, With Appropriate Precautions

WASHINGTON — Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that pilots and others who perform safety sensitive duties  may receive the vaccine  under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification. FAA and contract air traffic controllers, who are subject to ... Read More»

FAA Selects Five Host Airports to Test and Evaluate Unmanned Aircraft Detection and Mitigation Systems

Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today selected five host airports to evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. The effort is part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The FAA selected the following airports: Atlantic City International Airport in ... Read More»

CBP Introduces Biometric Facial Comparison Technology at Douglas and Naco Ports of Entry

DOUGLAS, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has introduced Simplified Arrival at the pedestrian border crossings in Douglas and Naco, Arizona. Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses biometric facial comparison technology to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. This process provides ... Read More»

TSA strengthens operational readiness in advance of spring break

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has substantial efforts underway in preparation for spring break travelers, who typically travel late February through April. Those efforts include technology upgrades across airport checkpoints that reduce or eliminate physical contact, recruitment efforts to prepare for possible increasing passenger volumes, and vaccination efforts for our officers and personnel who ... Read More»

Statement by President Joe Biden on Emergency Use Authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, after a rigorous, open, and objective scientific review process, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a third safe and effective vaccine to help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic — the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. This is exciting news for all Americans, and an encouraging development in our ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation. Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship.  Courageous women ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary Antony J. Blinken met virtually today with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau.  The two leaders discussed working closely together to address the shared priorities set out in the U.S.-Canada Partnership Roadmap jointly announced by President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau during their virtual bilateral meeting on ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary Antony J. Blinken met virtually today with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  The two leaders committed to a collaborative approach to combatting COVID-19 and building back better, following up on President Biden’s virtual bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau and the announcement of the U.S.-Canada Partnership ... Read More»

NASA Takes Steps to Reduce Aviation Emissions, Invigorate US Economy

NASA is  seeking proposals  for ground and flight demonstrations of integrated megawatt-class powertrain systems for subsonic aircraft. The deadline for proposals for this solicitation is 5 p.m. EST April 20. The demonstrations will help rapidly mature and transition integrated Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) technologies and associated EAP vision systems for introduction into the global fleet by 2035. ... Read More»

NASA to Honor ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson During Headquarters Naming Ceremony

Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk will lead a ceremony at 1 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 26, officially naming the NASA Headquarters building in Washington in honor of  Mary W. Jackson . The event will air live on  NASA Television  and the agency’s  website  and will livestream on the agency’s  TwitterFacebook , and  YouTube , as well as the  NASA app . Jackson, the first ... Read More»

Investigative Update: United Airlines Flight 328 Boeing 777 Engine Incident

2/21/2021   WASHINGTON (Feb. 21, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigative update Sunday for its ongoing investigation of Saturday’s engine event on a Boeing 777-200. United flight 328 experienced a right engine failure shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport. The airplane returned safely to Denver; none of the 229 passengers ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada on the Nexus between Transportation and Climate Change

Thursday, February 25, 2021 Recognizing the transport sector constitutes one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions for both nations, and in light of the integrated nature of our transportation sectors, Secretary Buttigieg and Minister Alghabra committed to reinvigorate our bilateral cooperation to fight climate change and limit the environmental impacts from our transportation ... Read More»

Press Release – Boeing to Pay $6.6 Million in Penalties to FAA

For Immediate Release February 25, 2021 Contact: Ian Gregor Phone: ian.gregor@faa.gov WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed $5.4 million in deferred civil penalties against The Boeing Company for failing to meet its performance obligations under a  2015 settlement agreement  (PDF). The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer also agreed to pay $1.21 million to settle two pending FAA enforcement ... Read More»

FAA Statement on Pratt & Whitney Engine Emergency Airworthiness Directive

The FAA issued an  Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD)  tonight that requires U.S. operators of airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines to inspect these engines before further flight. The FAA is taking this action as the result of a fan-blade failure that occurred Saturday on a Boeing 777-200 that had just departed from Denver International Airport. Although ... Read More»

Pilot’s Poor Decision Making, Spatial Disorientation, Led to Fatal Helicopter Crash

WASHINGTON (Feb. 9, 2021) — The  National Transportation Safety Board  determined during a public meeting Tuesday, a pilot’s decision to continue flight under visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in the pilot’s spatial disorientation and loss of control, led to the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, crash of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter in Calabasas, California. The pilot ... Read More»

FAA to Hold Webinar on Aviation Noise Effects and Mitigation Research Portfolio

WASHINGTON – The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  will hold a public webinar to present its recently-released Noise Research Portfolio and Neighborhood Environmental Survey on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will provide an overview of the agency’s noise research program, including the survey, followed by a live question and answer session. It will be held on ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $76 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced three grants for infrastructure projects through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  FY2021 Airport Improvement Program . The grants, the first of approximately $3.2 billion in funding available through this program annually, will provide a total of $76 million to Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth International and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airports. “Modernizing ... Read More»

CBP Expands Facial Biometrics to Preclearance Locations in Canada

Release Date: February 16, 2021 Secure, Seamless arrival process will support travel recovery efforts CANADA—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the upcoming expansion of Simplified Arrival at eight Preclearance locations throughout Canada, beginning with Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses biometric facial comparison technology ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Nearly $2 Billion Grant Program for COVID Relief to Airports

For Immediate Release February 12, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation is making nearly $2 billion in federal grant funding available to help airports affected by COVID-19 under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA)  Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program. “President Biden has made it a priority to deliver immediate relief to our transportation sectors and their workers, ... Read More»

FAA Updates on Boeing 737 MAX

1/25/2021 FAA Statement on Updates to the FSB Report and MMEL The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing updates to the  Flight Standardization Board (FSB) report  and  Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL)  for the Boeing 737 MAX. The draft updates, which are subject to public comment, primarily reflect differences between the original 737 MAX and the new 737-8200 series airplane. Airlines use the FSB report to ... Read More»

TSA offers automated, touchless photo ID and flight verification at all LAX security screening checkpoints

First airport in the nation to achieve this milestone Local Press Release Friday, January 29, 2021 LOS ANGELES – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has installed touchless, automated photo identification scanners at all of the airport’s security screening checkpoints, making it the first airport in the country to be ... Read More»

TSA to implement Executive Order regarding face masks at airport security checkpoints and throughout the transportation network

National Press Release Sunday, January 31, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will implement provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel by requiring travelers to wear face masks when they are in airports, bus and rail stations, as well as while on passenger aircraft, public ... Read More»

Acting Secretary Pekoske Directs TSA to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Through the Transportation System

Release Date: January 31, 2021 Today the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced the issuance of a  National Emergency Determination  to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This determination enables TSA to implement President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel. TSA will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA screening checkpoints and ... Read More»

CBP Introduces Simplified Arrival at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

MINNEAPOLIS— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the implementation of Simplified Arrival at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. Facial biometrics provide travelers with a touchless process ... Read More»

Briefing On New COVID Testing Requirements for International Travelers

Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee And CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Marty Cetron On New COVID Testing Requirements for International Travelers   MR PRICE: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks so much for joining us today for this briefing to discuss the current state of travel during COVID-19, in particular the ... Read More»

Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning tomorrow, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies ... Read More»

Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel

JANUARY 21, 2021 •  PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  Science-based public health measures are critical to preventing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by travelers within the United States and those who enter the ... Read More»

TSA Administrator Pekoske statement regarding preparations for 2021 Inauguration Day

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) significantly increased its security posture following the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week and in preparation for the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. Currently, TSA is processing hundreds of names with law enforcement agencies for a thorough risk assessment. Our intelligence and vetting professionals are working ... Read More»

New Safety Data Tool Available on FAA.gov Website

WASHINGTON – The  Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) is making it easier to research aviation safety guidance material from the  Office of Aviation Safety  (AVS). The  Dynamic Regulatory System  (DRS) combines more than 65 document types from more than a dozen different repositories into a single searchable application. This comprehensive knowledge center centralizes the FAA’s aviation safety guidance material from the Flight Standards Information System (FSIMS) and ... Read More»

Calabasas, California, Helicopter Crash Subject of NTSB Meeting

WASHINGTON (Jan 13, 2021) — The  National Transportation Safety Board  announced Wednesday its intent to hold a public board meeting Feb. 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $5.8 Million in 33 Unmanned Aircraft System Research Grants to Universities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Federal Aviation Administration   (FAA)  today announced $5.8 million in research, education and training grants to universities that comprise FAA’s  Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) , also known as the  Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) . “These universities are making great strides in advancing the Department’s efforts to integrate UAS safely and efficiently into our Nation’s airspace system, ultimately delivering new transportation solutions ... Read More»

FAA Seeks Public Comment on Aviation Noise Effects and Mitigation Research Portfolio

WASHINGTON – The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  announced plans to seek public comment on the existing noise research portfolio, including the Neighborhood Environmental Survey, and additional areas recommended for investigation. The notice is available on  FAA’s website . The FAA is sharing information on its aircraft noise research programs that includes a portfolio of research initiatives related to the effects of ... Read More»

Federal Aviation Administration Adopts Stricter Unruly Passenger Policy

WASHINGTON – FAA Administrator Steve Dickson today signed an  order  (PDF) directing a stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers in the wake of recent, troubling incidents. The FAA has seen a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. These incidents have stemmed both from passengers’ refusals to wear ... Read More»

Remembering the Victims of PS752

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 9, 2021 The American people honor the memory of the passengers and crew of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, whose lives were abruptly and senselessly taken one year ago by an unjustified Iranian shootdown.  The United States joins the Governments of Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Afghanistan in paying tribute ... Read More»

Statement regarding airport security following events at the U.S. Capitol

Statement Monday, January 11, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) remains on high alert following the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020. TSA prepares for all contingencies, and employs multiple layers of security that are both seen and unseen. TSA officers continue to remain vigilant and focused on their transportation ... Read More»

Accident Involving Inadequately Trained Pilot Leads to Call for Better Monitoring of Flight Instructors

​WASHINGTON (Jan. 7, 2021) — Citing inadequate training of a pilot whose plane crash resulted in 11 deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board called on the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday to better monitor the effectiveness of flight instructors. Three safety recommendations have been issued during the NTSB’s ongoing investigation of the June 21, 2019, Mokuleia, ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA and NASA Sign MOU to Strengthen Partnership in Commercial Space Activities

January 8, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed a new  memorandum of understanding (MOU)  (PDF) to support commercial space activities related to the transport of government and non-government passengers, cargo, and payloads for both orbital and suborbital missions. “This FAA-NASA collaboration at the Administrator level will advance America’s ... Read More»

The United States Welcomes the Breakthrough To Restore Gulf and Arab Unity

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 5, 2021 We are encouraged by the breakthrough made with the Al-Ula Declaration today at the GCC summit, which marks a positive step toward restoring Gulf and Arab unity. We have long stressed that a truly united Gulf will bring added prosperity through the free flow of goods and services and more ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Announces Final Rule to Facilitate the Reintroduction of Civil Supersonic Flight

For Immediate Release January 6, 2021 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON, DC — Today the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a  final rule  (PDF) to facilitate the safe development of civil  supersonic aircraft . The rule streamlines and clarifies procedures to obtain FAA approval for supersonic flight testing in the United States. “Today’s action is a significant ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Announces New Airport Grant Program

For Immediate Release December 31, 2020 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The  Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA) (H.R. 133)  (PDF), signed into law by the President on December 27, 2020, includes $2 billion in funds to be awarded as economic relief to eligible U.S. airports and eligible concessions at those airports to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Final Report on Forces to Flyers Initiative to Assist Military Veterans in Becoming Pilots

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the release of a  final report  on Forces to Flyers, a three-year research initiative offering interested military veterans an opportunity to earn commercial pilot’s licenses and flight instructor certifications. The report evaluates the initiative’s success in meeting project goals and provides lessons learned for ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Two Much-Anticipated Drone Rules to Advance Safety and Innovation in the United States

For Immediate Release December 28, 2020 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA), commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Statement on EPA Airplane Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule

For Immediate Release December 28, 2020 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  welcomes today’s announcement by the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  of the EPA’s action to adopt a greenhouse gas emissions standard for new airplanes.  The EPA’s rule  achieves U.S. adoption of an internationally agreed carbon dioxide standard established by the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2017. Implementation of this standard in the ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Grants Santa Claus Special Flight and Launch Permissions

WASHINGTON —The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced it has granted Santa Claus and his reindeer-powered sleigh special operating authority to engage in interstate air-cargo-delivery services directly to rooftops throughout the United States on Christmas Eve. In addition, for the first time ever, the FAA issued Santa a special  commercial space license  for a crewed mission to the International ... Read More»

Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community national #FlySafe campaign helps educate airmen about safety. This month’s topic covers aircraft and pilot performance. Pilots continue to have unreasonable expectations of their own personal performance, and the performance of their aircraft, which has contributed to fatal GA accidents. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee’s (GAJSC) working ... Read More»

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers May Receive Moderna Vaccine, With Appropriate Precautions

WASHINGTON — Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the FAA has determined that pilots may receive the vaccine under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification. FAA Air Traffic Controllers, who are subject to FAA medical clearance, may also receive the vaccine. To maintain the ... Read More»

Updated Runway to Recovery Framework Released

WASHINGTON – Today, the  Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) and its government partners released an update to Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus framework.  Version 1.1, referred to as R2R 1.1 , which updates, refines, and expands upon the recommended risk mitigation practices outlined in the  previous Runway to Recovery framework issued in July 2020 . R2R 1.1 is informed by the U.S. ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program

Background The FAA requires airport sponsors to maintain a safe operating environment, which includes conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments (WHA) and preparing Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (WHMP), when there has been a significant wildlife strike. The Wildlife Hazard Management Plan identifies the specific actions the airport will take to mitigate the risk of wildlife strikes on ... Read More»

Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Numbers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its December 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of October 2020.  The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at  http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) ... Read More»

Proclamation on Wright Brothers Day, 2020

On this day 117 years ago, for a few short seconds over 120 feet of wind-swept beach in North Carolina, Orville Wright became the first person to achieve sustained, controlled, powered, and manned flight, forever altering the course of human history. The flying machine Orville piloted, which he and his brother Wilbur designed and constructed ... Read More»

Keep Holiday Laser Lights Out of the Sky

WASHINGTON – The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  issued a warning today that holiday laser-light displays can be dangerous for flights when aimed into the sky. The agency receives reports from pilots who are  distracted or temporarily blinded  by residential laser-light displays. This creates a serious safety risk. The concentrated laser beams reach much farther than homeowners may realize. The FAA will ask homeowners with ... Read More»

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers May Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, with Appropriate Precaution

WASHINGTON — Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Pfizer, Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine, the FAA has determined that pilots  may receive the vaccine  under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification. FAA Air Traffic Controllers, who are subject to FAA medical clearance, may also receive the vaccine. To maintain the highest level ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. Department of Transportation is Advancing Space Policy

WASHINGTON — Today, the White House National Space Council issued its  National Space Policy  (PDF), a coordinated process for developing and monitoring the implementation of America’s space policy and strategy. The U.S. Department of Transportation (the Department) is a critical partner and recognizes that commercial space transportation capabilities have become the gateway to innovation in this growing sector of ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. DOT Supports Record Number of Licensed Commercial Space Launches

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is having a record year with supporting 35  licensed commercial space launches  thus far in 2020 with the potential for even more before the year ends. The prior record of 33 was established in 2018. “The record number of launches demonstrates this administration’s commitment to support the innovation and growth of the U.S. commercial ... Read More»

FAA Working with Nation’s Airports to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Arrivals

WASHINGTON – Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided planning considerations to assist the nation’s airports to facilitate the safe and efficient transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. “Airport operators have a unique role in the transport of vaccines to the American public,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “Each airport is different, and we are here to support ... Read More»

NTSB Asks FAA to Address Oil Filter Adapter Leak Hazard in Some General Aviation Airplanes

12/3/2020 WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that oil leaks from aftermarket oil filter adapters have led to at least 11 general aviation accidents since 2004. The NTSB called on the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an airworthiness directive to address an unsafe condition associated with oil filter adapters ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – Airport Investment Partnership Program (AIPP) – Formerly Airport Privatization Pilot Program

For Immediate Release December 7, 2020 Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams Phone: 202-267-3488 The 1996 Reauthorization Act, Title 49 United States Code §47134, authorized the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish an airport privatization pilot program limited to five airports. The 2012 Reauthorization Act increased the number of airports that could participate in the program from five ... Read More»

CBP Announces New Preclearance Terminal In Bermuda

Release Date: December 8, 2020 New technology will support travel recovery efforts BERMUDA—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today a new Preclearance Terminal that will open Wednesday at the new L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda. The new Preclearance facility opening will take place immediately after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday. The ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Final Rule Providing Clarity on Unfair and Deceptive Practices in Aviation Consumer Protection

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it has issued a final rule codifying its longstanding definitions for the terms “unfair” and “deceptive” when the Department uses its statutory authority to prohibit unfair or deceptive practices by airlines or ticket agents. Most of the Department’s aviation consumer protection regulations, such as the ... Read More»

TSA holiday screening volumes tick above 1M on several days during Thanksgiving travel period

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported screening more than 1 million airline passengers on four individual days during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which began Friday, November 20 and ended Sunday, November 29. The total travel volume of passengers screened by the TSA over the 10-day period was approximately 9.5 million passengers, with ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation is Preparing the Way for Swift COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (Department) today announced that all of its necessary regulatory measures have been taken for the safe, rapid transportation of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine by land and air. With the unprecedented pace of vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed, the Department has made preparations to enable the immediate ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule on Traveling by Air with Service Animals

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it is revising its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air to ensure a safe and accessible air transportation system.  The final rule on Traveling by Air with Service Animals can be found  HERE . The Department received more ... Read More»

FAA Statement on First Flight of COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON — Since the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has worked proactively with other U.S. government agencies, air carriers, and aviation stakeholders to ensure the continued safe transport of critical medical supplies and personnel. As a result of the historic pace of vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed ... Read More»

FAA Moving Forward to Enable Safe Integration of Drones

WASHINGTON – The  FAA  published airworthiness criteria for the proposed certification of 10 different  Unmanned Aircraft Systems  (UAS) or drones as special class aircraft. This is a crucial step to enabling more complex drone operations beyond what is allowed under the small unmanned aircraft rule (Part 107), including package delivery. “The development of airworthy, durable, and reliable unmanned aircraft is ... Read More»

CBP Introduces Simplified Arrival at MIA

Release Date:  November 20, 2020 Seamless arrival process will support travel recovery efforts MIAMI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the implementation of Simplified Arrival at Miami International Airport (MIA). Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for ... Read More»

FAA Surveys Airlines and Airports on Runway to Recovery Recommendations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Government is surveying U.S. air carrier airports and passenger airlines to ascertain the level of implementation of recommendations for protection of passengers and employees from the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the air transportation system. Government agencies made these recommendations in, “ Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus,  (PDF)” in July 2020. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in coordination with ... Read More»

FAA, European Commission Agree to New Areas of Collaboration

The Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) and European Commission (EC) demonstrated their continued commitment to collaboration and aviation safety improvement during the 14th meeting of the Bilateral Oversight Board, co-chaired by Ali Bahrami, the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety.  The FAA and the EC signed four decisions to the U.S.-EU Safety Agreement. Two of the decisions adopted additional ... Read More»

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 Max Return to Service

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson today signed  an order  (PDF) that paves the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to commercial service. Administrator Dickson’s action followed a  comprehensive and methodical safety review process  (PDF) that took 20 months to complete. During that time, FAA employees worked diligently to identify and address the safety issues that played a role in the tragic loss of 346 ... Read More»

FAA and NASA Complete Drone Demonstrations

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has concluded the second phase of its  Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UTM/UPP) . The agency ended the phase with virtual demonstrations in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and two UAS Test Sites: the  Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership  (MAAP) and the  New York UAS Test Site (NYUASTS). The UPP results will provide a proof of concept for UTM capabilities and ... Read More»

United States and the United Kingdom Sign New Open Skies Agreement

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 WASHINGTON – The United States and the United Kingdom today completed the signature of the Air Transport Agreement (the Agreement) between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Secretary of ... Read More»

Press Release – Federal Guidance to Fly Healthy This Holiday Season

November 12, 2020 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON — The U.S. Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and State have established a new web portal where airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to  Fly Healthy  this holiday season.  The portal walks you through every step of the process: plan your travel; at the airport; aboard ... Read More»

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Successful Completion of Drone Pilot Program, Announces New Program Called BEYOND

For Immediate Release October 30, 2020 Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) successfully concluded on Oct. 25. Eight of the nine state, local and tribal governments that participated in the program have signed new agreements with the Federal Aviation Administration ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS)

For Immediate Release October 29, 2020 Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams Phone: 202-267-3488 Background The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) actively worked to improve runway safety areas (RSAs) at commercial service airports by the end of 2015. The RSA is typically 500 feet wide and extends 1,000 feet beyond each end of the runway. It provides a graded ... Read More»

Speech – “Together, We Go Higher”

“Together, We Go Higher” Stephen M. Dickson, Virtual Event October 27, 2020 Rotorcraft Safety Conference Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today for the FAA’s Rotorcraft Safety Conference. I’d like to thank Lance Gant, Director of the FAA’s Compliance and Airworthiness division, and his entire team for continuing this safety conversation in the ... Read More»

FAA Launches Drone Safety Week

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold its second annual  National Drone Safety Awareness Week, Nov. 16 to 22, 2020 . The FAA is committed to ensuring the safety of the National Airspace System as we continue to integrate drones and other new technologies. Drone Safety Awareness Week is an opportunity for others to share their commitment to drone safety. During this  virtual campaign , the FAA and stakeholders ... Read More»

TSA screens over 1M passengers on a single day for the first time since March

National Press Release Monday, October 19, 2020 WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 1 million passengers Sunday, representing the highest number of passengers screened at TSA checkpoints since March 17, 2020. In addition to screening one million passengers in a single day, TSA screened 6.1 million passengers at checkpoints nationwide during the ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – The Space Data Integrator (SDI)

For Immediate Release October 16, 2020 Contact: Eva Ngai Phone: 202-267-8001/Email: eva.ngai@faa.gov The Space Data Integrator (SDI) is the first of several new capabilities that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is developing to safely integrate commercial space vehicles into the National Airspace System (NAS). Today, launch and reentry operators monitor data on the status of ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms

For Immediate Release October 15, 2020 Contact: Pressoffice@faa.gov WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements  Final Rule  (PDF) for commercial space transportation  launches and reentries . “This historic, comprehensive update to commercial space launch and reentry licensing requirements facilitates greater growth in this ... Read More»

NTSB Moves Forward in Meeting Federal Data Strategy, Requirements for Open Data

WASHINGTON (Oct. 13, 2020) — The  National Transportation Safety Board  announced Tuesday the successful launch of its new public-facing database query system for NTSB investigations, safety recommendations and dockets across all of the NTSB’s investigative modes. The new query system,  Case Analysis and Reporting Online – or CAROL  – not only helps users more easily access NTSB data, but it also changes the way the NTSB shares ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulations (Part 107)

The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  rules for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or “drone,” operations cover a broad spectrum of commercial and government uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds. Highlights of the rule, 14 CFR  Part 107 , follow. Operating Requirements Just as there are rules of the road when driving a car, there are rules of the sky ... Read More»

United States and Belgium Sign Agreement to Open Preclearance Facility at Brussels Airport

BRUSSELS — The United States of America and the Kingdom of Belgium concluded an agreement today to implement U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance operations at Brussels Airport (BRU). The agreement, which follows more than five years of negotiations, was signed in Brussels by U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Ronald J. Gidwitz and Belgian Minister of ... Read More»

The United States and Bangladesh Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

On September 30, 2020, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ambassador Earl R. Miller and Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Senior Secretary Mohamed Mohibul Haque signed the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.  This bilateral Agreement establishes a modern civil aviation relationship ... Read More»

FAA Administrator Completes Boeing 737 MAX Flight

SEATTLE — Administrator Steve Dickson fulfilled his promise today to pilot the Boeing 737 MAX before the Federal Aviation Administration approves the aircraft’s return to service. View video of the flight View video of the news briefing Dickson’s flight took two hours and included a number of scenarios to demonstrate the proposed software and design changes to the aircraft’s automated flight control system. Dickson, along with FAA ... Read More»

Airports invited to host program that offers secure and seamless travel to the U.S.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that it will invite new airports to participate in the Preclearance program for the first time since 2016. Beginning September 29, 2020, interested foreign airports may apply for Preclearance by submitting an application through the CBP  website . “Preclearance strengthens our partnerships abroad and provides benefits to ... Read More»

More Schools Join the Collegiate Training Initiative

The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  announced today that 15 more schools have been selected to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI). The new schools are: Austin Community College, Austin, Texas Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, New Jersey Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, Washington Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Martinsburg, West Virginia ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $335 Million in Infrastructure Grants to America’s Airports

September 24, 2020 Contact: pressoffice@dot.gov WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Trump Administration will award $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the  Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) to 80 airports in 25 states. “Airport infrastructure projects funded by this $335 million in federal funding will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other ... Read More»

Access to Controlled Airspaces Advances Drone and Overall Aviation Safety

WASHINGTON—The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  today made it easier for drone pilots to quickly and safely access controlled airspace by adding 133 air traffic facilities to the  Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)  system. LAANC is an automated application and approval system for drone pilots requesting to fly below 400 feet in controlled airspace. As the FAA continues to modernize the national airspace to accommodate ... Read More»

Wet Snow Flight Hazards Highlighted in NTSB Safety Alert

9/17/2020 WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2020) — The  National Transportation Safety Board  issued  Safety Alert SA-082  Thursday, highlighting the importance of pilots assessing, understanding and preparing for the risk of wet snow and icing conditions before flight. The  “Flight in Snow”  safety alert provides guidance to pilots, dispatchers and operators regarding flight during wet snow and icing conditions. Wet snow contains liquid particles on the snowflakes ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces September 24 Meeting of the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that its  Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC)  will hold its next meeting virtually on September 24, 2020.  Notice of the meeting will appear in the Federal Register. The ACPAC is charged with evaluating current aviation consumer protection programs and providing recommendations to the Secretary for improving ... Read More»

Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about safety, including loss of control, power plant failure and controlled flight into terrain. This series  will show you how you can incorporate safety into every flight. This month’s topic is the use of weather information. Today’s pilots enjoy an abundance of weather ... Read More»

Trump EPA Approves First-Ever Long-Lasting Antiviral Product for Use Against COVID-19

WASHINGTON (August 24, 2020) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a groundbreaking development in the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus. In a first-of-its kind step, EPA has issued an emergency exemption to the state of Texas permitting it to allow American Airlines and Total Orthopedics Sports & Spine to ... Read More»

FAA to Test and Evaluate Unmanned Aircraft Detection & Mitigation Equipment at Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it plans to evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. The effort will be part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The FAA plans to test and evaluate at least 10 technologies ... Read More»

Speech – “Safety Propels Innovation—Innovation Propels Progress”

“Safety Propels Innovation—Innovation Propels Progress” Stephen M. Dickson, Virtual August 18, 2020 UAS Symposium Episode 2 Thank you, Erik, for that introduction, and thanks to your entire team and to AUVSI for holding this landmark event—not once, but twice. Today in Episode 2, we’ll explore public safety topics, including the Integration Pilot Program and what ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – NextGen and Performance-Based Navigation

For Immediate Release August 18, 2020 Contact: Tammy Jones Phone: 202-267-3883 The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the FAA’s plan to modernize the National Airspace System (NAS).  Through NextGen, FAA is addressing the impact of air traffic growth by increasing capacity and efficiency while simultaneously improving safety, reducing environmental impacts, and increasing user ... Read More»

FAA Continues Drone Integration Initiatives

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced 26 schools have been selected so far to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI). The FAA’s Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program allows educational institutions to collaborate with the FAA to help students pursue their aviation career goals. The UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students ... Read More»

FAA Takes Drone Safety to Spanish-speaking Community

The  Federal Aviation Administration  has launched a pilot program to translate into  Spanish  select web content for users of  Unmanned Aircraft Systems  (UAS commonly referred to as drones). The program is expected to reach the nearly 25.6 million people living in the United States with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and will focus on Spanish, the most widely spoken language in the U.S. ... Read More»

Interagency Issues Advisory on Use of Technology to Detect and Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On August 17, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued guidance to help non-federal public and private entities better understand the federal laws and regulations that may apply to the use of capabilities to detect and mitigate threats ... Read More»

The United States Designates Mahan Air Facilitators

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE August 19, 2020 Today, the United States continued its maximum pressure campaign against Iran by designating two companies and one individual for procuring parts for Mahan Air, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity.  Mahan Air has a long record of ferrying weapons and terrorists around the world for Iran. The United States designated ... Read More»

FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

Registration is now open for the Federal Aviation Administration’s first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will take place Oct. 27 through Oct 29 to explore ways to reduce the national and international helicopter accident rate. Leaders from the FAA’s Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Services will open the conference, followed by programs for the entire ... Read More»

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Control of Air Pollution from Airplanes and Airplane Engines: GHG Emission Standards and Test Procedures

Rule Summary Related Topics Regulations for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft . In this action, EPA is proposing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards that would apply to certain new commercial airplanes, including all large passenger jets. These proposed standards would match the international airplane carbon dioxide (CO2) standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017. This proposed action, if ... Read More»

FAA Revises International Safety Rating for Pakistan

WASHINGTON – The  Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) announced today that Pakistan has been assigned a Category 2 rating because it does not comply with  International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)  safety standards under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. Under IASA, the FAA assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied to fly to the United States, ... Read More»

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Guidance for Air Travel in Response to COVID-19

Thursday, July 2, 2020 WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced public health guidance to airlines and airports for the recovery of the Nation’s air transportation system from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The Runway to Recovery  was developed by the Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department ... Read More»

Speech – “Drones: Here for Good”

“Drones: Here for Good” Stephen M. Dickson, Remote Symposium July 8, 2020 UAS Symposium Episode 1 Remarks as Delivered Thank you Erik for that introduction, and thank you to everyone at the FAA and AUVSI who played a part in pulling together this exciting and innovative conference. It’s great to be here—even virtually—for this, our ... Read More»

DHS, DOT, and HHS Issue New Guidance for Airline Industry Partners to Facilitate Safe Air Travel

Release Date: July 2, 2020 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services today issued joint guidance specifically for the air travel industry to better protect passengers, crew, and other airport workers from the COVID-19 pandemic during our economic recovery. This guidance, the “ Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus ,” lays out a framework ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government leads the globe with $12.5 billion allocated to benefit international COVID-19 response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We are achieving real results, helping nations around the world respond to COVID-19 and thereby protecting the homeland. We continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. ... Read More»

TSA Administrator Pekoske announces “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign prior to the Independence Day holiday weekend

National Press Release Tuesday, June 30, 2020 WASHINGTON – During a virtual media roundtable with reporters today, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske joined leaders from three airport and airline industry associations to announce the agency’s “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign. This campaign represents airport checkpoint modifications to contain the spread of COVID-19, comply ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – Commercial Aviation Safety Team

July 2, 2020 Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams Phone: 202-267-3883 The nation’s impressive commercial aviation safety record is due in part to the aviation industry and Government voluntarily investing in the right safety enhancements to reduce the fatality risk in U.S. commercial air travel. The work of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), along with new aircraft, ... Read More»

ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY (AAM) ECOSYSTEM WORKING GROUPS

ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY (AAM) ECOSYSTEM WORKING GROUPS   ANNOUNCEMENT: Since we are unable to host any in-person events at this time, we are hosting all Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem Working Groups in a virtual forum. Please see the details for the next meetings below! Airspace Working Group Kickoff DATE: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 TIME: 3:00PM – 5:00PM EDT ... Read More»

Press Release – FAA Administrator Dickson Testifies before Senate on Boeing 737 MAX

WASHINGTON – The head of the  Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA), Stephen M. Dickson, today affirmed that the Boeing 737 MAX will only return to service following the completion of a comprehensive and rigorous review process. Before the aircraft returns to the skies, the FAA must sign off on all technical reviews of Boeing’s proposed safety enhancements, Administrator Dickson said ... Read More»

More Pieces of the X-59 are Coming Together

The wing and  cockpit  sections of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) are coming together at Lockheed Martin’s  Skunk Works ® factory in Palmdale, California. Major structural  components still to be added  include the long, forward nose and rear section – known as the empennage – that includes the tail and single jet engine. Nearby, although not seen in this picture, Lockheed Martin technicians ... Read More»

TSA Releases Roadmap for Mitigating Insider Threats to Transportation Environments

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration today released its framework to thwart insider threats in the transportation sector. The  TSA Insider Threat Roadmap  will streamline processes, identify requirements and capabilities, and leverage partnerships to proactively mitigate risks associated with insider threats. “Together with our interagency partners and industry stakeholders, we will maximize innovation and technology to mitigate insider threats,” ... Read More»

TSA Prepared for Summer Travelers with Updated Security Procedures

WASHINGTON – With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent ... Read More»

Dates Set for FAA UAS Symposium – Remotely Piloted Edition

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) have announced the two-part virtual event for the  FAA UAS Symposium – Remotely Piloted Edition, Episodes I and II , will take place on July 8 to 9 and August 18 to 19, 2020. Episode I is scheduled for July 8 to 9 with a focus on  UAS traffic management  (UTM) and international UAS ... Read More»

Making Skies Safe for Unmanned Aircraft

May 8, 2020 NASA and its partners are taking flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) closer to operating in harmony with other aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS). A new video from NASA Aeronautics provides a behind-the-scenes look into the technology and testing used during a nearly decade-long effort by its UAS Integration in the ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS)

For Immediate Release May 15, 2020 Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams Phone: 202-267-3488 Background The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) actively worked to improve runway safety areas (RSAs) at commercial service airports by the end of 2015. The RSA is typically 500 feet wide and extends 1,000 feet beyond each end of the runway. It provides a graded ... Read More»

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Appoints Industry Leaders to Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Friday, May 15, 2020 Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson Appointed as Chair WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of 30 board members to the newly-formed Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB). Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will serve as chair of the board. “The ... Read More»

Fact Sheet – The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program

For Immediate Release May 15, 2020 Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams Phone: (202) 267-3488 Background The FAA requires airport sponsors to maintain a safe operating environment, which includes conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments (WHA) and preparing Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (WHMP), when there has been a significant wildlife strike. The Wildlife Hazard Management Plan identifies the specific actions ... Read More»

NASA Probes Environment, COVID-19 Impacts, Possible Links

Scientists are using information from NASA’s Earth-observing satellites, on-the-ground sensors and computer-based datasets to study the environmental, economic and societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the agency’s Earth Science Division recently sponsored new projects to examine how the shutdowns in response to the pandemic are changing the environment, especially the atmosphere, and determine ... Read More»

Update: The United States Is Continuing To Lead the Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 1, 2020 Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States remains the largest single country donor to the response efforts globally, building on ... Read More»

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Notice Regarding Essential Air Service Program, Given the Impact of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced a plan to address the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency on air carriers participating in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.  The Department issued a Notice to all EAS air carriers indicating how those carriers may adjust ... Read More»

FAA Advances Drone Integration Initiatives

WASHINGON–The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  today announced a new  Unmanned  Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI)  that allows educational institutions and the agency to work collaboratively with students who pursue careers in UAS. “Providing our nation’s youth with educational opportunities is a major commitment of this administration,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson. “We see these institutions opening doors for students seeking careers in this exciting, ... Read More»

Press Release – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $1 Billion in Grants to 439 Airports in 50 States

For Immediate Release April 30, 2020 Contact: pressoffice@dot.gov WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Department of Transportation’s  Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) will award $1.187 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants. The total includes $731 million in  Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants  (PDF) and an additional $455 million in  Supplemental Discretionary grants  (PDF). The money will be available for 100 percent ... Read More»

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $10 Billion in Relief for America’s Airports

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $10 Billion in Relief for America’s Airports Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Funds Help Airport Sponsors Impacted by COVID-19  WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the award of approximately $10 billion to commercial and general aviation airports from the Trump Administration’s newly created  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program . The ... Read More»

Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response Through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 8, 2020 Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. Government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that leadership, with another $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance ... Read More»

FAA Promotes Safe Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into U.S. National Airspace

The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognizes that unmanned aircraft systems –“UAS,” or more popularly, “drones”—are the fastest growing segment of aviation.  Accordingly, the FAA is dedicated to safely and fully integrating this innovative technology into America’s national airspace.  Since it began in 2017, the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) has brought state, local, and tribal governments together with private sector entities, ... Read More»

Federal Aviation Administration News Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/27/2020 FAA Takes Steps to Address the Effects of COVID-19 on the Aviation Industry The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proactively taking steps to help address the widespread economic and health effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation industry. The FAA continues to evaluate a large number of ... Read More»

The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.  As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of nearly $274 million in emergency ... Read More»

In honor of the 40th triannual ICAO Assembly, the U.S. Mission to ICAO was pleased to assemble the following distinguished officials.

In honor of the 40th triannual ICAO Assembly, the U.S. Mission to ICAO was pleased to assemble the following distinguished officials. L-R: Former U.S. Ambassador to ICAO (2006-2009) Donald T. Bliss; FAA Administrator, Stephen Dickson; former U.S. Ambassador to ICAO (2010-2013) Duane E. Woerth; former U.S. Ambassador to ICAO (1994-1999) Carol Jones Carmody and Ambassador ... Read More»

Department of State Equipment Grant Boosts Security at Senegal Airport

08/01/2019 09:46 AM EDT U.S. and Senegalese officials today inaugurated two body scanners and four explosives trace detectors at the passenger checkpoint for outbound flights inside Blaise Diagne International Airport, about 25 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar.  The U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program provided the equipment with funding and guidance ... Read More»

ICAO Council condemns Abha attack

MONTRÉAL, 25 June 2019 –  The Governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has expressed its condemnation when reacting to the news of the terrorist bombings reported at Abha International Airport, in Saudi Arabia. The Council expressed its solidarity with the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as its ... Read More»

Solid passenger traffic growth and moderate air cargo demand in 2018

Montréal, 31 December 2018 – Preliminary figures released today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) show a total of 4.3 billion passengers were carried by air transport on scheduled services in 2018. This indicates a 6.1 per cent increase over 2017. The number of departures rose to approximately 38 million globally, and world passenger traffic, ... Read More»

TSA Administrator Leads U.S. Delegation at ICAO High-Level Aviation Security Conference

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator  David Pekoske  led an interagency U.S. delegation to ICAO’s 2nd High-Level Conference on Aviation Security on November 29-30, 2019.  He urged ICAO and its member states to intensify efforts to detect and prevent evolving threats to aviation security, including terrorism and insider threats.  Administrator Pekoske presented a proposal co-sponsored by seven other ... Read More»

 Ambassador Nathan Sales Advocates an ICAO Standard for Passenger Name Records (PNR) at High-Level Aviation Security Conference

Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Nathan Sales  called for the development of an ICAO standard for Passenger Name Records (PNR) at ICAO’s  2nd High-Level Conference on Aviation Security  in Montreal on November 29-30, 2019.  He reminded ICAO and its member states that UN Security Council resolution  2396  obligates member states to develop the capability to collect, process, analyze, share, and protect passenger name record ... Read More»

Expression of condolences: ACT Airlines Flight TK6491

The Council President and the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) expressed the UN agency’s deepest condolences today for the families and friends of the victims of ACT Airlines Flight TK6491, a scheduled cargo flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul, Turkey, which was lost due to unknown causes on 16 January 2017. Read More»

Traffic growth and airline profitability were highlights of air transport in 2016

Preliminary figures released today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) indicated that the total number of passengers carried on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion in 2016, a 6.0 per cent increase over last year. The number of departures rose to approximately 35 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled ... Read More»
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