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   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: 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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