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  • News and Updates - FAA to Hold SoCal Metroplex Webinars and Workshops Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:26:41 EST

    The Federal Aviation Administration will hold webinars and public workshops between January 18 and February . 8 on upcoming airspace improvements that will occur throughout Southern California.

    The improvements are part of the Southern California Metroplex project, which will replace dozens of existing conventional air routes with new satellite-based routes. The FAA undertook the project to improve airspace safety and efficiency. The agency decided to move forward with the project in August 2016.

    The FAA is implementing the project in phases between November 2016 and April 2017. Please note that the upcoming webinars and briefings will address only the improvements that are occurring in March and April 2017. We held webinars and public workshops last fall for the procedures that we implemented in November 2016. The fall 2016 webinars, as well as PowerPoint presentations, can be viewed here:

    All of the upcoming workshops, except for the January 23 workshop in Culver City, will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Culver City workshop will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to a time conflict with the regular City Council meeting.

    The workshops will be open-house format, where people can attend anytime during the posted times to learn about the changes. FAA representatives will provide information on the project and be available to answer questions.

    Free parking, as well as street parking, will be available at all locations. Spanish interpreters also will be present.


    Access links and dial-in information for all the webinars is available here:

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
    Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
    Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Burbank, Van Nuys, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Pt. Mugu

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
    Airports involved: John Wayne, Long Beach, Fullerton, Torrance, Los Alamitos

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
    Airports involved: San Diego International, McClellan-Palomar, Brown, Navy North Island, Montgomery, Gillespie, Ontario, Palm Springs


    Monday, Jan. 23: Veterans Memorial Building, Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230
    Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

    Tuesday, Jan. 24: Langley Senior Center, 400 W. Emerson Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754
    Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

    Wednesday, Jan. 25:Palisades Charter High School, Mercer Hall, 15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
    Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

    Thursday, Jan. 26:Toyota Meeting Hall, Torrance Cultural Art Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
    Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Long Beach, Torrance, Fullerton, Los Alamitos

    Monday, Jan. 30:Burbank Community Services Building, 150 North 3rd Street, Burbank, CA 91502
    Airports involved: Burbank, Van Nuys

    Tuesday, Jan. 31:City of La Habra Community Center Grand Ballroom, 101 West La Habra Boulevard, La Habra, CA 90631
    Airports involved: Los Angeles International, Santa Monica

    Wednesday, Feb. 1:Oasis Senior Center, Evelyn Hart Event Center, 801 Narcissus Avenue, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
    Airports involved: John Wayne, Long Beach

    Thursday, Feb. 2:Solana Vista Elementary School, 780 Santa Victoria, Solana Beach, CA 92075
    Airports involved: San Diego International, McClellan-Palomar, Brown, Navy North Island, Montgomery, Gillespie

    Tuesday, Feb. 7:Ontario Airport, Ontario International Airport Administrative Building, 1923 East Avion Street, Ontario, CA 91761
    Airports involved: Ontario, Palm Springs

    Wednesday, Feb. 8:Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
    Airports involved: Long Beach, Los Angeles International

    To learn more about the project, please visit:

  • News and Updates - FAA Air Traffic Report Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:52:04 EST

    The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impacts to normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.

    Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

    Today's Air Traffic Report:

    Clouds and rain across the Northeast could lead to flight delays this morning in the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA) and in Philadelphia (PHL). Similar conditions might slow traffic in Chicago (MDW, ORD). Morning fog is forecast for Charlotte (CLT) and Detroit (DTW). On the West Coast, clouds could delay flights in San Francisco (SFO). Wind is slowing traffic out of Houston (IAH, HOU) this morning.

    For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.

  • News and Updates - Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting on January 31 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:30:40 EST

    WASHINGTON At its second meeting on January 31, 2017 in Reno, NV, the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) will continue to help the Federal Aviation Administration prioritize its efforts to integrate unmanned aircraft systems or drones into the national airspace. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the DAC as a federal advisory committee in May 2016, and the DAC first met in September 2016.

    DAC members represent a wide array of stakeholders, including unmanned aircraft manufacturers and operators, traditional aviation groups, labor organizations, radio and navigation equipment manufacturers, airport operators and state and local officials.

    The DACs main objective during its second meeting will be to review and potentially approve three task groups. The first task group will review issues related to the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments in regulating and enforcing drone laws. Many state and local governments have begun to enact a variety of laws about operating UAS in low-altitude navigable airspace. The second task group will consider technological and regulatory mechanisms that would allow drone operators to gain access to the airspace beyond what the agency currently permits under the Small UAS Rule (commonly known as Part 107). The DAC will also discuss the formation of a third task group, which will consider ways to fund the expanded provision of services needed to support UAS integration.

    DAC meetings are free and open to the public. More information can be found in the Federal Register Notice.

    For additional information about the DAC, please visit:

  • News and Updates - FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:49:17 EST

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation.

    The United States has the worlds most robust general aviation community, and were committed to continuing to make it safer and more efficient to become a private pilot, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The BasicMed rule will keep our pilots safe but will simplify our regulations and keep general aviation flying affordable.

    Until now, the FAA has required private, recreational, and student pilots, as well as flight instructors, to meet the requirements of and hold a third class medical certificate. They are required to complete an online application and undergo a physical examination with an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner. A medical certificate is valid for five years for pilots under age 40 and two years for pilots age 40 and over.

    Beginning on May 1, pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds. A pilot flying under the BasicMed rule must:

    • possess a valid drivers license;
    • have held a medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006;
    • have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn;
    • have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied;
    • have taken a medical education course within the past 24 calendar months;
    • have completed a comprehensive medical examination with a physician within the past 48 months;
    • be under the care of a physician for certain medical conditions;
    • have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable;
    • consent to a National Driver Register check;
    • fly only certain small aircraft, at a limited altitude and speed, and only within the United States; and
    • not fly for compensation or hire.

    The July 15, 2016 FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 directed the FAA to issue or revise regulations by January 10, 2017, to ensure that an individual may operate as pilot in command of a certain aircraft without having to undergo the medical certification process under Part 67 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, if the pilot and aircraft meet certain prescribed conditions outlined in the Act.

    The FAA and the general aviation community have a strong track record of collaboration. The agency is working with nonprofit organizations and the not-for-profit general aviation stakeholder groups to develop online medical courses that meet the requirements of the Act.

  • Speech - Drones: A Story of Revolution and Evolution Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST
    Administrator Michael Huerta
    Las Vega, NV

    Good morning everyone, and thank you for joining us here today. I hope you had a great holiday, and I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

    For 50 years, the Consumer Electronics Show has been the place where technology meets everyday life. In the past, that wouldnt be a place where youd expect to meet someone from the FAA.

    But, with its eager embrace of drone technology, CES has soared into the frontier of aviation. And that means this is exactly where we need to be.

    We have a whole FAA team staffing a booth down in the drone marketplace. Theyre available to answer questions and get any feedback that attendees have to offer. I encourage you all to stop by for a visit.

    For me personally, this is my second straight year visiting CES. And I have to tell you, I find the array of products on display to be just as spectacular as I did a year ago. Maybe even more so.

    There is cutting-edge innovation all around us: Artificial intelligence. Virtual reality. Wearables. Digital imaging. And, of course, drones.

    Since my last visit here, the story of drones has continued to be a story of revolution and evolution.

    Revolution in the technology and how its being used. And evolution in the way we, the FAA, are approaching integrating this new entrant into the National Airspace System.

    Our challenge is to find the right balance where safety and innovation co-exist on relatively equal planes. I dont think its an exaggeration to say we have accomplished more toward this goal in the past year than we did in all previous years combined.

    We worked with industry to establish the first set of comprehensive rules for flying small unmanned aircraft.

    We established a Drone Advisory Committee and held our first annual unmanned aircraft symposium.

    Were researching everything from how to detect rogue drones to managing future drone traffic.

    And were redesigning our website to make it more user-friendly for consumers.

    With so many people channeling so much energy toward innovation, its hard to predict what the next great technological breakthrough in the drone field will be. But one thing is certain: our challenges are only going to get more complicated.

    The sheer number of drones entering our airspace is a case in point. Just like last year, drones were one of the hottest gift items this past holiday season.

    But unlike a lot of holiday gifts, this one is clearly not a fad.

    Indeed, our latest aerospace forecast estimates that there could be as many as 7 million drones sold in the United States by 2020. Thats about 2 times the population of the state of Nevada.

    And the pace of change is breathtaking. It seems like someone is coming up with a new way to use drones every day.

    Just this week, the city of Henderson and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems broke ground on a new drone testing range located near Nevada State College.

    With both technology and innovation blazing ahead at warp speed, we know that as regulators, we have to lean forward. We have to approach our challenges with the same kind of creativity and open-mindedness that is fueling the drone revolution.

    We also know that for us to be successful, we cannot dictate from above. We must work in close collaboration and partnership with the industry and those who fly unmanned aircraft for both recreation and commercial purposes.

    So instead of telling the drone industry and drone operators what they cant do, were helping them do what they want to do while ensuring they operate safely.

    hats the approach we took with the small unmanned aircraft rule.

    The rule, which took effect in August, enables people to fly drones for non-hobby purposes without getting specific authorization from the FAA provided they operate within certain parameters.

    As long as the operator earns a Remote Pilot Certificate, he or she can fly a registered drone weighing less than 55 pounds, during the daytime, up to 400 feet above ground level in uncontrolled airspace.

    With the FAAs permission, drone operators can fly in controlled airspace. And drone operators seeking to conduct expanded operations at night time, over people, or beyond the pilots visual line of sight can request a waiver.

    n the four months since this rule went into effect, more than 30,000 people have started the Remote Pilot Application process. About 16,000 have taken the Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam, and almost 90 percent have passed.

    The next step in this evolution is to allow small unmanned aircraft to be flown over people under specific circumstances.

    As many of you know, weve been working diligently on a proposed rule to allow just that, building on the foundation from the advisory rulemaking committee we convened last spring.

    Allowing unmanned aircraft to fly over people raises safety questions because of the risk of injury to those underneath in the event of a failure.

    It also raises security issues. As drone flights over people become more and more commonplace, imagine the challenge of a local police officer at a parade trying to determine which drones are properly there to photograph the festivities and which may be operated by individuals with more sinister purposes.

    The process of working with our interagency partners to reconcile these challenges is taking time. In addition, meetings conducted with industry stakeholders as part of the rulemaking process have raised a number of issues.

    But you have my steadfast commitment to doing all I can to advance this effort. And we will be looking to our industry partners to develop more ingenious ways to ensure drones can fly over people without sacrificing safety or security.

    And further down the road, were going to implement rules that will allow routine unmanned aircraft operations beyond the pilots visual line of sight.

    This need to involve all stakeholders in framing challenges and finding solutions drove a pair of important new initiatives last year.

    One was the formation of the Drone Advisory Committee, or DAC for short. The other was our decision to hold an annual unmanned aircraft symposium.

    We formed the DAC last summer. Its chaired by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and its members include representatives from the industry, government, labor and academia.

    This allows us to look at drone use from every angle, while considering the different viewpoints and needs of this diverse community.

    The group held its first meeting in September, and theyve started work on helping us determine two important things:

    • What the highest-priority UAS operations are and how industry can gain access to the airspace to conduct these operations.
    • And identifying the roles and responsibilities of drone operators, manufacturers, and federal, state, and local officials related to drone use in populated areas.

    The DACs next meeting will be held here in Nevada later this month up north in Reno.

    A number of our DAC members will also be participating in the second annual unmanned aircraft symposium in the Washington, DC, area in March. The symposium is really the ultimate exercise in democracy. Anyone who registers has the opportunity to talk face-to-face with federal regulators and industry representatives about regulations, research and integration initiatives.

    These kinds of frank conversations are critical as we begin to tackle the bigger challenges that integration poses. And theyre helping to inform the work that the DAC undertakes.

    During the upcoming symposium, these conversations will touch on the intersection of privacy and preemption. The importance of harmonizing global regulations so theyre the same if youre flying in London or Long Island.

    And theyll also touch on the array of new safety and security risks associated with this pioneering form of aviation.

    These risks include users who do not understand what it means to fly safely. People who dont think they should be regulated and are determined to operate as they please. And actual bad actors, such as criminals and terrorists, who seek to use unmanned aircraft for malicious purposes.

    Just as theres a broad range of risks, so too is there a broad range of potential tools to address these risks.

    One of our most important tools is education. And one of our most important education initiatives is the drone registry that we implemented just before Christmas 2015.

    In the past year, more than 670,000 drone users have registered aircraft including more than 37,000 during the last two weeks of December. All of these people have received our important safety messages that are part of the registration process.

    And our B4UFLY app alerts operators to airspace restrictions or requirements in effect in the areas where they want to fly.

    While education will always be a fundamental underpinning of safety, sometimes it is not enough.

    For example, despite our education efforts, were seeing an increasing number of drone-sighting reports from pilots. We had about 1,800 in 2016, compared to about 1,200 the year before.

    So were working closely with other government agencies and some of our Pathfinder Partners on a drone-detection security effort.

    This involves testing technologies designed to detect unauthorized drone operations near airports and other critical infrastructure, or in unauthorized airspace.

    Weve evaluated some of these technologies around airports in New York, Atlantic City and Denver, and will be doing additional research at Dallas-Fort Worth later this year.

    We will use the data and findings from these evaluations to draft recommendations for standards. These standards will help inform airport operators nationwide who are considering installing drone-detection systems.

    One of the many things we have learned during the past few years is that when it comes to drones, the future can become the present in the blink of an eye. With this in mind, we have to figure out how to manage drone traffic in airspace that is shared with manned aircraft.

    Toward that end, were working with NASAto develop a concept for an unmanned aircraft traffic management system an effort called UTM.

    At the unmanned aircraft test site here in Nevada, the University of Nevada-Reno is helping NASA conduct tests to support this effort.

    This past October, they flew and tracked five drones at the same time beyond the pilots visual line of sight from Reno-Stead Airport. Each drone accomplished a separate simulated task, including looking for a lost hiker, covering a sporting event, monitoring wildlife and surveying environmental hazards.

    Tests like these will help build the foundation for managing much greater amounts of drone traffic in the coming years.

    In all of the work were doing, we are not forgetting about the needs of the individual consumer. Were designing a common web portal that will act as one-stop-shop for all unmanned aircraft interactions with the FAA.

    It will allow drone owners and operators to register their aircraft, apply for an airspace authorization or waiver, file an accident report and keep abreast of the latest FAA news and announcements about unmanned aircraft.

    It will be designed for desktops, laptops, tablets and phones, and will serve as the platform for future communication with the FAA as unmanned aircraft rules and regulations evolve.

    The progress that we have made during the past year would have seemed unimaginable not long ago.

    Its a great start, but its just the beginning.

    We know there are many important issues yet to be addressed. And we know we cant do it alone.

    We will always need the input and expertise of all of our stakeholders, so we can craft the right kinds of policies and solutions to the challenges before us.

    CES will continue to be a valuable forum, where we can give and take information, as we work our way down this path.

    Thank you for joining us here today and being part of this journey.

  • News and Updates - Drone Registration Marks First Anniversary Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:48:03 EST

    Over the last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made great strides toward integrating unmanned aircraft popularly called drones into the nations airspace. The first big step took place last December 21, when a new, web-based drone registration system went online.

    During the last year, the system has registered more than 616,000 owners and individual drones. As part of the process, applicants receive and must acknowledge some basic safety information. That means more than 600,000 drone operators now have the basic aviation knowledge to keep themselves and their friends and neighbors safe when they fly.

    The FAA developed the automated registration system in response to a rule requiring owners of small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) to register their drones.

    The rule and the registration system were primarily aimed at the thousands of drone hobbyists who had little or no experience with the U.S. aviation system. The agency saw registration as an excellent way to give them a sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions. The agency wanted them to feel they are part of the aviation community, to see themselves as pilots.

    The FAA developed the web-based registration system to make the process easier for first-time users compared with the traditional paper-based N-number system. Then and now, hobbyists pay a $5.00 fee and receive a single identification number for all the drones they own.

    Commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operators had to use the paper-based registration system until March 31, 2016, when the FAA expanded the system to non-hobbyists.

    The automated system has had one other benefit. Several times, the agency has used the system to send out important safety messages to everyone who registered.

    Unmanned aircraft registration has been an unqualified success. The FAA is confident the system will continue to help drone pilots experienced or newcomers recognize that safety is everybodys business.

    Watch the video: Today is the One-Year Anniversary of the FAAs Drone Registry

  • News and Updates - Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:51:59 EST

    The FAA and #FlySafe, the general aviation (GA) groups national safety campaign, aims to educate the GA community on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

    What is a Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT)?

    FRAT is a long name for a handy tool that will earn your respect through its ability to help keep you safe. A FRAT helps you to identify the risk profile as you plan a flight. Factors such as type of operation, environment, aircraft, crew training, and overall operating experience are evaluated by the tool. This helps you determine if the flight falls in a low, medium, or high-risk category. More importantly, after seeing the data, you can develop risk mitigation strategies to ensure your safety as well as the safety of your passengers.

    The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), a government/industry group that analyzes GA accidents and incidents, has found that improved risk assessment before and during a flight can significantly improve your chances of avoiding accidents and incidents. Although a FRAT tool cannot anticipate ALL hazards, it can help you recognize and mitigate the most common ones.

    Where Can I Find a FRAT?

    The FAA FAAST Team has developed simple, automated spreadsheets that run on Microsoft Windows or Apple operating systems. All you have to do is download the file at There are also many free FRAT apps available for your mobile device. The FAA hopes to roll out its own FRAT app in the near future.

    The FRAT format is pretty basic: In the FAA version, VFR pilots will consider which of the 20 flight, pilot, and aircraft conditions apply to the upcoming flight. IFR pilots have 22 conditions to review. Each condition is assigned a numerical value. Simply click the YES box next to each condition that applies to your flight. When you are finished, the total value corresponds to a risk matrix chart. If you are uncomfortable with the level of risk identified, mitigate the risk by adjusting conditions to improve your chances for a safe flight.

    When you begin to use a FRAT, youll probably think of additional potential hazards. Thats to be expected and we encourage it because it means you are taking an active role in your Safety Risk Management. Think of each hazard as a potential liability. When you offset those liabilities with assets good decisions you will reduce or eliminate hazards and keep your safety account in balance.

    What is Loss of Control?

    A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen because the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.

    Contributing factors may include:

    • Poor judgment or aeronautical decision making
    • Failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action
    • Intentional failure to comply with regulations
    • Failure to maintain airspeed
    • Failure to follow procedure
    • Pilot inexperience and proficiency
    • Use of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol

    Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:

    The FAA and industry are working together to prevent LOC accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our Fly Safe campaign. Each month on, were providing pilots with a LOC solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions some of which are already reducing risk. We hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community.

    Did you know?

    Last year, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents.

    • Loss of Control is the number one cause of these accidents.
    • Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.
    • There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.

    Learn more:

    Check out the 2016 GA Safety Enhancements (SEs) fact sheets on the mainFAA Safety Briefingwebsite, including a fact sheet on Flight Risk Assessment Tools.

    Learn more about the tools available by reading, You Can Take It with You, on page 4 of the July/August 2012 edition of the FAA Safety Briefing.

    Learn more by reading Chapter 4-2 of the FAA Risk Management Handbook (FAA-H-8083-2).

    A robust safety culture is vital to everyones safety. What are the air carriers doing? Read the FAA Advisory Circular 120-92B to learn more about SMS for Aviation Service Providers.

    TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics.

    TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. It is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.

    TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)is comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of accidents in GA.

    An FAAfact sheetoutlines GA safety improvements and initiatives.

    The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers across different parts of the FAA, several government agencies, and stakeholder groups. The other federal agencies are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which participates as an observer. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also participates as an observer.

  • News and Updates - NextGen Implementation and Progress Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:34:06 EST

    Senator John Thune sent FAA a letter dated December 1, 2016 asking questions about the implementation and progress of NextGen.

    On Thursday December 15, 2016 the FAA sent a response letter addressing those questions.

  • Speech - Part 23 Press Conference Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST
    Administrator Michael Huerta
    Washington, DC

    Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us.

    This is an exciting day for the FAA, for the aviation and manufacturing industries, and for pilots across the country.

    Im pleased to announce that weve issued a final rule overhauling the FAAs airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes.

    The rule will usher in a new era of safety and innovation for general aviation in America.

    It establishes performance-based standards for aircraft that weigh less than 19,000 pounds and with 19 or fewer seats.

    It also adds new certification standards to address loss-of-control the number one cause of fatal general aviation accidents.

    This rule, which is better known as Part 23, is an exciting breakthrough for the aviation industry and our economy as a whole.

    Aviation manufacturing is our nations top export, and general aviation alone contributes approximately $80 billion and 400,000 jobs to our economy.

    By encouraging innovation and increasing flexibility, the new Part 23 will allow American businesses to create good manufacturing jobs and better compete in the global market.

    Additionally, we are harmonizing Part 23 with our international counterparts to reduce certification costs for manufacturers who want to export their products.

    This rule is critical to maintaining and increasing Americas role as the world leader in aviation innovation and safety.

    It demonstrates that we can simultaneously enhance safety and reduce burdens on industry.

    And it represents a fundamental shift in how the FAA approaches certification.

    For a long time, we told manufacturers how to build a safe airplane. We required specific technologies with precise design elements.

    But this system became strained as the industry evolved.

    Companies have made tremendous strides forward in aircraft design. And as they kept coming to us with new ideas, our certification processes struggled to keep up.

    To address this, we made some improvements around the edges over the years. But they were often incremental and independent from one another.

    It became obvious that we needed a complete overhaul in how we certify aircraft if we wanted to increase safety and help products get to market faster.

    We needed to rethink how we function as a regulator.

    Theres a simple idea at the heart of our new airworthiness standards: we dont want to tell manufacturers how to build things.

    Instead of requiring certain technologies or designs, were defining the performance objectives we want to achieve.

    This approach recognizes that theres more than one way to deliver on safety and it provides room for flexibility and innovation in the marketplace.

    Part 23 is an important step forward in the FAAs efforts to increase safety by incorporating risk-based decision-making into everything we do.

    By making it easier, faster, and less expensive to get safety-enhancing technologies into small airplanes, we will continue to reduce the number of fatal general aviation accidents and save lives.

    It was a huge undertaking truly one of the most extensive and challenging rewrites ever tackled by our agency.

    And it wouldnt have been possible without the hard work of our team at the FAA. My sincere thanks go out to everyone across the agency who contributed to the new Part 23.

    We also couldnt have gotten this rule across the finish line without the input and buy-in from stakeholders in the general aviation and manufacturing communities.

    This rule is a model of what we can accomplish for American competitiveness when government and industry work together.

    We have several of our partners here with us today, who are going to share how our new certification standards will benefit their companies and constituents.

    First, we have Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft. He also serves as the Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

    Were also joined by Brad Mottier from GE Aviation, who serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Business and General Aviation and Integrated Systems.

    And finally, we have Joe Brown, President of Hartzell Propeller.

    Id also like to acknowledge Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Mike Pompeo, who have been big supporters of this rule and general aviation as a whole.

    Senator Klobuchar and Congressman Pompeo werent able to be here today, but they sent representatives from their offices, and were pleased to have them.

    Now, let me turn things over to Simon Caldecott.

  • News and Updates - Data Comm Now at Chicago O'Hare, Midway Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:50:45 EST

    December 9- The FAA is now helping to reduce or eliminate one source of delay at Chicago OHare and Midway through the use of Data Communications (Data Comm), part of the FAAs NextGen air traffic control modernization. Data Comm will help reduce delays by making pilot-controller communications shorter and more accurate, which could help keep a plane in the departure line and on schedule. It is now operational at both of Chicagos major airports.

    Today, members of the media toured the OHare air traffic control tower and a United Airlines jet to see Data Comm in action. Representatives from the FAA, United Airlines, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists were on hand.

    Inside the tower, controllers enter flight departure clearance instructions into a computer and push a button to electronically send the information to an aircrafts flight deck. Flight crews view the information, press a button to confirm receipt, and press another button to enter the instructions into the aircrafts flight management system.

    This process saves valuable time.For instance, when pilots read back a series of complicated waypoints in a clearance with even one mistake called a readback/hearback error they must repeat the instructions until they are correct. These corrections take time, and even a short departure clearance can take two to three times longer than one communicated via Data Comm.

    This benefit becomes even more pronounced during bad weather, when Data Comm enables equipped aircraft to take off before an approaching storm closes the departure window, while aircraft relying solely on voice communications remain stuck on the ground waiting for the storm to pass.

    Data Comm is expected to save operators more than $10 billion over the 30-year life cycle of the program and save the FAAabout $1 billion in future operating costs.

    The first Data Comm-equipped airports Salt Lake City and Houstons George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby received tower departure clearance services eight months ahead of schedule in August 2015.

    TheFAAand its industry partners have delivered Data Comm to more than 50 towers to date, almost two and a half years ahead of the original plan. The expansion into en route airspace is the next phase of the program and will start in 2019.

    Data Comm is now operational at these airport towers:

    Chicago OHare
    Chicago Midway
    Dallas-Ft. Worth
    Dallas Love
    Fort Lauderdale
    Houston Bush
    Houston Hobby
    Kansas City
    Las Vegas
    Los Angeles
    Minneapolis-St. Paul
    New Orleans
    New York John F. Kennedy
    New York LaGuardia
    St. Louis
    Salt Lake City
    San Antonio
    San Diego
    San Francisco
    San Jose
    Santa Ana
    Washington Dulles
    Washington Reagan
    Westchester County
    Windsor Locks (Bradley)

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