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,” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Secretary Chao to Address the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will deliver remarks on behalf of the United States to the  40th Assembly  of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada.  Secretary Chao will be joined by David P. Pekoske, Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Stephen M. Dickson, Administrator of …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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 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 …

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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.

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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 …

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