FAA Specialists Reviewing Boeing 777X Certification Work

By Sean Broderick May 22, 2020
A group of internal FAA experts is reviewing aspects of the Boeing 777X and providing feedback to the team tasked with day-to-day oversight of Boeing’s certification work, jump-starting an effort the agency plans to integrate into its aircraft-approval process, Aviation Week has learned.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Most Drone Flyers Disregard FAA’s System, Study Says

By Bill Carey May 20, 2020
A new study suggests that most operators disregarded the FAA’s system for authorizing drone flights in controlled airspace when flying near a large central Florida airport.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Response To Certification Report Includes New Safety Assessments Rules

By Sean Broderick May 19, 2020
The FAA plans to “prioritize” a long-stalled rulemaking on system safety assessments (SSAs) and will seek input from both an advisory committee and global peers on how to safely broaden aircraft certification to include international environments. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Downgrades Caribbean States’ Safety Rating

By Sean Broderick May 08, 2020
An FAA review of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) found that the agency does not sufficiently comply with ICAO standards, placing the countries it regulates into Category 2 of the U.S. agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

ALPA Report Suggests Airlines Not Following CDC Protocols

By Sean Broderick May 06, 2020
WASHINGTON—U.S. airlines are struggling to implement consistent aircraft-cleaning processes, with failure to follow key guidance and a variety of…
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Companies Named To Develop Drone Remote ID Service Requirements

By Bill Carey May 06, 2020
The FAA has named eight companies that will assist the agency in establishing technology requirements for suppliers of remote identification services for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Airbus A220 Operators Urged To Monitor Engine Data

By Sean Broderick Apr 30, 2020
Airbus A220 operators are being urged to monitor Pratt & Whitney PW1500G low-pressure compressor (LPC) operating performance following a mandated upgrade to full authority digital electronic control (FADEC) to prevent compressor stalls.
Aircraft & Propulsion

More U.S. Carriers Mandate Passengers Wear Face Masks In The Cabin

By Ben Goldstein Apr 30, 2020
Three more U.S. carriers announced plans to require all passengers wear face coverings in the cabin, as calls in the U.S. Congress for a national policy gathered steam in light of the continued COVID-19 pandemic. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Will Adjust Operating Hours At 100 Airport Towers

By Bill Carey Apr 23, 2020
The FAA will adjust the operating hours of 100 airport towers to “ensure resiliency” of the air traffic control (ATC) system and protect employees during the coronavirus pandemic, the agency announced.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Considered Two-Week Closure Of Airport Tower

By Bill Carey Apr 22, 2020
Awaiting guidance from public health authorities, the FAA considered closing the first U.S. air traffic control (ATC) facility affected by the coronavirus for two weeks to prevent the pathogen from spreading, according to the head of the controllers’ union.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Pilots’ Union Blasts FAA Over Virus Guidelines Enforcement

By Bill Carey Apr 17, 2020
WASHINGTON—The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on April 17 rebuked the FAA over the agency’s “unwillingness” to enforce federal guidelines to…
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA To Order MAX Engine Cowl Component Upgrade

By Sean Broderick Apr 17, 2020
The FAA plans to require Boeing 737 MAX operators to replace a poorly designed engine-access door component with an updated version.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Lists Requirements For Drones Battling Pandemic

By Bill Carey Apr 15, 2020
More than a dozen companies and government agencies are seeking to use drones in ways that are beyond what is currently allowed by FAA regulations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said April 15.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Finalizes Remote-Inspection Guidance

By Sean Broderick Apr 01, 2020
The FAA has released long-awaited policy on using video links and other “remote technology” to conduct inspections and help validate regulatory compliance, adding to a growing set of procedural changes meant to accommodate social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Number Of U.S. ATC Facilities Affected By Coronavirus Climbs

By Bill Carey Apr 01, 2020
The FAA on April 1 listed 21 air traffic control (ATC) facilities that have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, one more than double the number the agency reported a week earlier.
Airports & Routes

FAA Releases Proposed Pilot Database Rule

By Bill Carey Mar 31, 2020
Under a proposed new regulation, air carriers would be required to enter and share pilot records in an FAA-managed Pilot Records Database (PRD) before making hiring decisions.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Proposes Airport Noise Standards For Supersonic Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Mar 31, 2020
Responding to a congressional directive to exercise leadership in enabling the return of supersonic air travel, the FAA has proposed noise certification regulations for new supersonic aircraft.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Directive Targets A220 Engine Software Linked To Shutdowns

By Sean Broderick Mar 30, 2020
The FAA has fast-tracked a mandatory software upgrade developed by Pratt & Whitney to address PW1500G in-flight shutdowns linked to variable inlet guide vanes, including one in February on an Air Baltic Airbus A220-300. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Exemptions, Guidance Target Maintaining Compliance During Pandemic

By Sean Broderick Mar 27, 2020
The FAA has made several changes and is preparing more guidance documents and policy statements to help the industry navigate some short-term roadblocks presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Issues Guidance On Overflow Aircraft Parking

By Sean Broderick Mar 23, 2020
The FAA, responding to airport operators seeking help on how to manage rising numbers of grounded aircraft as commercial operators reduce service, has issued national guidance on parking “overflow” aircraft. 
Airports & Routes

FAA Temporarily Suspends Flights to Northeast U.S. Airports

By Bill Carey Mar 21, 2020
The FAA temporarily suspended flights to several Northeast U.S. airports March 21 after a controller trainee at the New York Air Route Traffic…
Airports & Routes

FAA Orders Checks On PW1100G-JM Engines To Prevent Turbine Blade Fractures

By Sean Broderick Mar 20, 2020
Operators of Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320neos face fast-tracked inspection mandates to help eliminate the risk of engine turbine blade fractures caused by mid-frame turbine piston seal debris that have been plaguing older blades.
Aircraft & Propulsion

FAA Administrator To Self-Quarantine After Possible Coronavirus Exposure

By Ben Goldstein Mar 19, 2020
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson is quarantining at home following a brief encounter with a U.S. House lawmaker who later tested positive for COVID-19.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Airports Ask Congress For $10B Over Pandemic-Related Slowdown

By Ben Goldstein Mar 18, 2020
American airports have asked the U.S. Congress for $10 billion in immediate aid to help offset the massive drop in travel levels caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airports & Routes

Earthquake Prompts Salt Lake City Airport Closure

By Bill Carey Mar 18, 2020
The FAA evacuated the air traffic control (ATC) tower and operations stopped at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Utah, on Mar. 18 after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook the area.
Airports & Routes

 

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