FAA Operations During Funding Lapse.

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The #FAA is using a new way of safely separating #aircraft, getting passengers to their destination faster and usin… https://t.co/87nbs1wDba Jan 19 ✈️Traffic Report: Clear skies and favorable flying conditions across most of the country.☁️expected at @flySFO and… https://t.co/MMmEmyAyRB Jan 19 Learn how to register your drone with the #FAA and #FlySafe at https://t.co/z24kglRnCz https://t.co/taBSxpBL1R Jan 19 #TBT Check out @kittyhawkio Chief Pilot @joshuaziering and his #drone preflight #safety check: loose, juice, roost.… https://t.co/CkTyCem1WT Jan 18 Do you operate an amateur built experimental aircraft? The #ADSB Out equipment installed in…

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FAA Advises Airline Passengers to Pack Safely.

News Search If you are an airline passenger packing your bags to travel for the holidays, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advises you to take a moment to check out the agency’s Pack Safe website. There are many items that people use on a daily basis that are considered hazardous materials when packed to fly on a plane. Flyers should know that e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and spare lithium batteries should NOT be packed in their checked luggage. Spare lithium batteries – the kind that are found in personal electronic devices…

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FAA Advisory Circular Outlines Airport Access Requirements.

News Search The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revised its Advisory Circular (AC) entitled Access to Airports by Individuals with Disabilities to ensure airport operators of civil use airports comply with the laws and regulations pertaining to individuals with disabilities. Guidelines for Service Animal Relief Areas (SARAs) are an important part of the revised guidance. The AC provides requirements and recommendations for SARAs at civil use airports, which are required for each airport with 10,000 or more enplanements. It is mandatory for civil use airports that receive federal financial assistance…

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FAA Releases UAS Remote Tracking & ID ARC Report.

News Search The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) chartered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June has submitted its report and recommendations to the agency on technologies available to identify and track drones in flight and other associated issues. The ARC’s 74 members represented a diverse array of stakeholders that included the aviation community and industry member organizations, law enforcement agencies and public safety organizations, manufacturers, researchers, and standards entities involved with UAS. Overall, the ARC provided the FAA with a substantial amount…

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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over DOE Facilities.

News Search At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over seven Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. The FAA and DOE have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these sites: Hanford Site, Franklin County, WA Pantex Site, Panhandle, TX Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM…

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UAS IPP Deadline Tomorrow for Lead Applicants.

News Search Tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern Time is the deadline for Lead Applicants to– submit Volume I and Volume II – for the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP). The UAS IPP is an opportunity for state, local and tribal governments to accelerate the safe integration of UAS operations. Entities that wish to participate in the program must submit proposals to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly more advanced UAS operations, such as beyond visual line-of-sight or over people. There are two ways to participate in the program,…

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Enjoy your Holiday Laser-light Display-Responsibly.

News Search Each holiday season for the past several years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received reports from pilots who said they were distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays. The FAA’s concerns about lasers – regardless of the source – is that they not be aimed at aircraft in a way that can threaten the safety of a flight by distracting or blinding the pilots. People may not realize that systems they set up to spread holiday cheer can also pose a potential hazard to pilots flying…

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The Administrator’s Fact Book is Back.

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News Search The Administrator’s Fact Book has returned, and it’s on-line.  Years back, one of the most popular FAA documents was a little white book that contained invaluable information about the FAA and air transportation. Through pages upon pages of tables, graphics, and other materials, a story was told of how U.S. aviation works. Entitled The Administrator’s Fact Book, the monthly publication was unfortunately discontinued in 2012, but has returned and will eventually be converted into a digital format. The document contains sections on aviation safety, air traffic, airports, aircraft, industry,…

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Researchers Release Report on Drone Airborne Collisions.

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News Search A research team from the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) today released a report that concludes that drones that collide with large manned aircraft can cause more structural damage than birds of the same weight for a given impact speed. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will use the research results to help develop operational and collision risk mitigation requirements for drones. ASSURE conducted its research with two different types of drones on two types of aircraft through computer modeling and physical validation testing.…

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Set a Course for Sim City!.

News Search The November/December 2017 “Sim City” issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores the exciting world of flight simulation technology and its evolving impact on aviation safety. Feature articles focus on the many flight simulation options now available to pilots, as well as how simulation can improve flight training efficiency. Feature articles include: The link to the online edition is www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter–@FAASafetyBrief FAA Safety Briefingis the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community. The magazine’s objective is to improve safety by: making…

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FAA Fields Prototype UAS Airspace Authorization System.

News Search The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is evaluating a prototype system that the agency expects will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. The system is designed to automatically approve most requests to operate in specific areas of airspace below designated altitudes. The FAA has deployed the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability(LAANC) for drone operators at several air traffic facilities in an evaluation to see how well the prototype system functions and to address any issues that arise during testing.…

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FAA Approves Drone to Restore Puerto Rico Cell Service.

News Search The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quickly approved the first unmanned aircraft operation of its kind to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Flying COW (Cell on Wings) drone, developed by AT&T, functions like a cell tower in the sky, restoring voice, data and internet service. It flies up to 200 feet above the ground, covering an area of 40 square miles, and is particularly useful in remote areas. The Pulse Vapor 55 drone, which resembles a miniature helicopter, is fitted…

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FAA Asks for Public Comment on Drone Design Standards.

News Search For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking public comments on proposed airworthiness criteria for an unmanned aircraft system, more popularly known as a “drone.” The Federal Register notice asks for comments on proposed design standards needed for the FlightScan Corporation Camcopter S-100 to fly safely in U.S. airspace. The ultimate goal of this and other projects is to grant FAA airworthiness certification to fully functional, ready-to-operate unmanned aircraft. The S-100 is the first unmanned aircraft to have its certification basis published. The Camcopter S-100…

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Collaborating for Aviation’s Future.

News Search WASHINGTON – As his term at the Federal Aviation Administration comes to an end early next year, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta spoke today at the Aero Club in Washington, D.C.  With a perspective spanning more than seven years at the agency, his remarks focused on the importance of  building partnerships with stakeholders to continue advancing America’s global leadership on aviation. “The only way forward was to foster a more constructive relationship with the aviation community,” Huerta said. “The result is the safest, largest, most complex, and most efficient…

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New FAA Guidance for Electronic Flight Bags.

News Search The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an updated Advisory Circular (AC) for aircraft system designers, installers and operators seeking design and use guidance for hosting electronic flight bag (EFB) applications on both portable devices and installed equipment. The AC includes significant changes from the last guidance in May 2014 that offer industry new EFB applications and the ability to manage their EFB programs with significantly less FAA involvement. An EFB is an electronic information management device that helps flight crews perform flight management tasks more easily and…

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FAA Grants Waiver for Aerotain Skye to Fly over People.

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News Search The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a waiver from the agency’s small drone rules (Part 107) to Cevitasnow in Columbus, OH, to allow the company to operate a helium-filled Aerotain Skye tethered aircraft over people on the ground. The Aerotain Skye resembles a tethered floating beach ball, but is technically an “aircraft.” It carries a camera and small motors for propulsion. The Skye’s diameter is about 7.5 feet and it weighs about 14 lbs. deflated. The envelope is filled with helium. There is no location limitation in…

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Comment Period Opens November 10 for the Cleveland Detroit Metroplex Project.

News Search November 9–The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex project that will be available for public comment beginning on Friday, November 10, 2017. The comment period will end on Monday, December 11, 2017. Electronic versions of the Draft EA also will be available at 68 libraries in the study area. Residents may comment on the document electronically, through the U.S. mail, or at any of six open-house workshops, which will be held in late November and early December. Three of…

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DOT Secretary Chao Launches Drone Integration Pilot Program.

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RT @USDOT: Release: @SecElaineChao Presents Details of U.S. Drone Integration Pilot Program https://t.co/Cr4QcyFtVm #Drones #UAS @FAANews Nov 2 RT @SenJohnHoeven: At @USDOT & @FAANews event w/ @SecElaineChao, highlighted #NorthDakota‘s #UAS work & we’ll build on this w/ FAA’s new pi… Nov 2 Webinar Update! The 1st #DronePilot webinar tomorrow at 9am ET is now FULL. Register before the other times fill up… https://t.co/jzihoSlYdm Nov 2 RT @WHOSTP: Today @USDOT and @FAANews launch drone integration pilot program, usher in new era in American aviation. https://t.co/5X0yTX19v… Nov 2 Join our #DronePilot webinars…

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