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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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