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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