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 …

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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 …

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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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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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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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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 …

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