Report: Air traffic controller staffing should consider fatigue

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 staff the centers that control air traffic between airports can be improved.

The congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council also notes that the FAA should collaborate with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to develop an enhanced tool capable of creating efficient controller work schedules that incorporate fatigue mitigation strategies.

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Safety focus of international conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each year representatives from the FAA and other nations gather for an international aviation safety conference. This year the meeting will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of the nation’s capital.

The importance of the meetings is expressed by the FAA in its statement on this year’s meeting: “In a rapidly changing aviation industry, we can never be complacent.”

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Alaska UAS test site begins research flights

Aeryon Scout

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational.

The FAA has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) authorizing flights by an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex in Fairbanks. The team began the wildlife flight operations May 5.

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