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  • FAA Air Traffic Report

    Date: 11/20/2019 02:14 PM

    Today's Air Traffic Report:

    Thunderstorms could delay flights today in Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX) and Phoenix (PHX). Low clouds could slow trafficthis morningin Boston (BOS), Chicago (MDW, ORD) and Houston (HOU, IAH). Winds are forecast for the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA).

    Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.

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

    The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto 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.

  • FAA Seeks Comments on Draft Environmental Assessment for Las Vegas Metroplex Project

    Date: 11/18/2019 05:57 PM

    WASHINGTON-The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the Las Vegas Metroplex Project, which proposes to use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more efficiently through Southern Nevada.

    While the airspace around Las Vegas is already safe, its not as efficient as it could be. The FAA proposes to address the inefficiencies by implementing new routes that are more direct, automatically separated from each other, and have efficient climb and descent profiles. The potential benefits of these routes can include reductions in pilot-controller communications, miles flown, fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

    The project includes new and replacement arrival and departure routes for McCarran International Airport, Henderson Executive Airport and North Las Vegas Airport.

    The FAA released the projects Draft EA on Nov.18 for public review. There will be a 32-day public comment period on the document from Nov.18 through Dec. 20, 2019.

    The document is posted on the Las Vegas Metroplex website. The Draft EA indicates the project would not have any significant environmental impacts under federal environmental law.

    Also available on the website are Google Earth images that allow people to compare current and proposed routes, and see the noise analysis the FAA conducted at more than 172,000 grid points throughout the project General Study Area.

    The FAA will host five public workshops for the Draft EA between Monday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. The workshops will feature informational videos and display boards that show existing and proposed routes and explain the inefficiencies in the current system. FAA representatives will be available to answer questions and demonstrate the Google Earth features.

    The workshops will be open-house format, where people can attend any time during the posted times to learn about the project. Free parking will be available at all locations.

    The workshop dates and locations are as follows:

    Dec. 9, 2019
    5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
    Clark County Government Center Pueblo Room
    500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89155

    Dec. 10, 2019
    5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
    North Las Vegas Airport Grand Canyon Conference Room
    2730 Airport Drive, North Las Vegas, NV 89032

    Dec. 11, 2019
    5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
    Desert Breeze Community Center Meeting Room
    8275 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89147

    Dec. 12, 2019
    4:45 p.m. 7:15 p.m.
    Windmill Library Meeting Room
    7060 Windmill Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89113

    Dec. 13, 2019
    5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
    Henderson Executive Airport North/South Meeting Room
    3500 Executive Terminal Drive, Henderson, NV 89052

    People can submit comments on the project online at [email protected], in person at the public workshops, and by writing to:

    Las Vegas Metroplex Draft EA Federal Aviation Administration
    Western Service CenterOperations Support Group
    2200 S. 216th Street
    Des Moines, WA 98198-6547

    After evaluating and responding to all substantive public comments, the FAA could adopt the entire proposal, adopt portions of it, or modify it.

    Additional information about the project, including previous public outreach activities, is available on the FAAs Las Vegas Community Involvement website.

  • FAA Issues Denver Environmental Assessment

    Date: 11/18/2019 05:54 PM

    WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Denver Metroplex project.

    Before the FAA makes a final decision on the project, the agency will hold a 32-day public comment period. This will allow people to comment on the changes made in the Final EA compared to the Draft EA, and on any of the preliminary determinations under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

    The project would use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. Satellite-based routes would allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver and surrounding airports, enhancing aviation safety and efficiency, and potentially reducing flight delays.

    The project also would expand the number of entry and exit points into and out of the Denver airspace, by segregating Denver arrival traffic from satellite airport traffic and creating additional departure routes, similar to creating more on- and off-ramps in the sky. The project includes two major airports, Denver International Airport and Centennial Airport, and three satellite airports Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Northern Colorado Regional Airport and Greeley-Weld County Airport.

    Prior to issuing the Final EA, the FAA held a total of 24 public workshops in 2017 and in the spring of 2019, conducted approximately 78 briefings for community groups, airport officials, and local, state and federal officials. The agency also evaluated and responded to 518 public comments.

    The public is invited to submit comments by mail, or via the web comment form available online throughout the comment period.

    Electronic copies of the Final EA and supporting materials, including all Section 106 materials, are available at the following locations:

    • Online at the Project website.
    • Electronic versions of the Final EA have been sent to 78 libraries in the General Study Area with a request to make the digital document available to patrons. A complete list of libraries with electronic copies of the Final EA is available online at the Project website.
  • FAA and NASA Drone Industry Workshop

    Date: 11/13/2019 12:40 AM

    WASHINGTONThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA will hold the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP) Phase 2 Industry Workshop in December. Building on UPP Phase 1, UPP Phase 2 will showcase additional technologies, including Remote Identification (ID) and operations with increasing volumes and density. The UPPs success is dependent upon the ability to work with industry, various FAA Test Sites and IPP participants.

    What: FAA/NASA UTM Pilot Program Phase 2 December Industry Workshop

    When: Monday, December 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

    Where: NASA Ames Conference Center, Mountain View, CA

    During this half-day workshop, the FAA and NASA will provide participants with an in-depth view of UPP Phase 2, including a walk-through of the Concept of Use, Architecture, Technical and Functional Requirements, and a detailed timeline. UPP Phase 2 partners should be able to support the following capabilities:

    • UAS operations in high density airspace;
    • Remote ID services;
    • USS transmission of flight information to air traffic control due to an off-nominal UTM event;
    • Public safety operations; and,
    • UAS Volume Reservations (UVR) service.

    Those interested in more details surrounding the agencies plan for partnering with industry for UPP can go to the registration website.

    Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to the first 150 registrants. Only two participants from the same organization may register. The registration deadlines are:

    • Tuesday, November 12 for non-U.S. citizens without permanent residency. NASA requires special paperwork to admit all non-U.S. citizens without permanent residency to attend the workshop at Ames Research Center.
    • Monday, November 25 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; Please go to the registration website for more information.

    For any questions on the workshop, email: [email protected].

  • Notice to Airmen Data Optimization Summit on November 18

    Date: 11/08/2019 10:09 PM

    WASHINGTON On November 18, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Data Optimization Summit to modernize aeronautical information and NOTAM data. The FAA and the aviation community will discuss ways to improve the collection and dissemination of vital aeronautical information provided primarily to airspace users, with a focus on general aviation pilots and the growing drone community.

    The FAA will livestream the event on FAA social media channels throughout the day and welcomes public feedback.

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