Congress shows support for federal contract towers

Posted on August 19th, 2014 by

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently sent letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reiterating congressional support for the preservation of 252 federal contract towers. Fifty-five senators signed a July 31 letter imploring Huerta to consider “all... Continue Reading →


New York UAS test site now operational

Posted on August 14th, 2014 by

The FAA reports that the Griffiss International Airport unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in Rome, N.Y., is ready to conduct research on integrating UAS into the national airspace system (NAS). Continue Reading →

Virginia Tech UAS Test Site now operational

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA announced today that the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site program is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. The site is the last of six... Continue Reading →


Why hasn’t FAA acted on ADS-B loan guarantee for GA?

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Why has the FAA not taken action on implementing a loan guarantee program for general aviation to prepare for the mandate for ADS-B equipment three years after Congress passed a law approving it? That is a question... Continue Reading →

NASA turns over NextGen air traffic management tool to FAA

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the FAA during a ceremony earlier this week at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. Continue Reading →

FAA receives unleaded fuels proposals

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA reports it has received 10 replacement fuel proposals from producers Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, Swift Fuels and a consortium of BP, TOTAL and Hjelmco, for further evaluation in the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), an... Continue Reading →

Latest edition of FAA Safety Briefing online

Posted on July 5th, 2014 by

The July/August 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which focuses on flying companions, is now online. “In this issue we look to provide a basic guide for friends and loved ones who join us in the air or might have an interest... Continue Reading →

FAA issues guidance on ‘hazardous’ operations of model aircraft

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA today published a Federal Register notice on its interpretation of the special rules for model aircraft, in response to recent incidents involving the reckless use of unmanned model aircraft near airports and involving large crowds... Continue Reading →

Report: Air traffic controller staffing should consider fatigue

Posted on June 22nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report notes the FAA’s models for determining air traffic controller staffing needs are suitable for developing initial estimates of the number of controllers required at terminal areas and airport towers, but the models used to... Continue Reading →

House approves $15.7 billion for FAA in 2015

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to provide $15.7 billion to the FAA in fiscal year 2015, representing a slight increase from the current $15.6 billion funding level. Significantly, the bill prohibits the imposition of aviation user fees and also... Continue Reading →