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 of people, according to officials with the agency.
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.
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 fees for digital navigational charts, according to officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, June 11, the Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), a pilot who also co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus, will conduct a hearing titled FAA’s 2020 NextGen Mandate: Benefits and Challenges for General Aviation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska — the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation over land.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA announced today that the State of Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. Nevada is the third of six congressionally mandated test sites to become operational.
Avemco Insurance Co. Vice President Mike Adams will present “What Kind of Pilot Runs Out of Gas?” at the Rochester, N.Y., Safety Stand Down Saturday, June 14. Adams will illustrate how a flight’s fuel looks right, until it isn’t.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA reports that seven aerial photo and video production companies have asked for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time.
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.”
ORLANDO, Fla. — During a speech at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014, FAA Manager of UAS Integration Jim Williams reported that the FAA is working with several industries to expedite some limited commercial operations of UAS before UAS rules are finalized.