The FAA has released the beta version of a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY” for testing by up to 1,000 users of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). [Read more…]
The unfinished debate over highway funding in Congress is likely to ground hopes for passing a new funding bill for the FAA, according to a report from The Hill.
The FAA bill is scheduled to expire Sept. 30. But Congress is expected to return its focus on highways upon returning to Washington next month, because lawmakers punted debate on a long-term surface transportation-funding bill into October before leaving for their August recess.
Aviation advocates worry that this means aviation will get the short end of the stick when lawmakers return to Washington, according to the report.
Every flight has some level of risk. It’s up to the pilot to review that risk in advance and then develop the appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
One of the best ways of doing this is by using a Flight Risk Analysis Tool or FRAT, according to FAA officials. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Responding to recent incidents in which remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — interfered with manned aircraft involved in fighting fires, the FAA is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in a simple message to drone operators: If you fly, we can’t.
“Flying a drone near aerial firefighting aircraft doesn’t just pose a hazard to the pilots,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “When aircraft are grounded because an unmanned aircraft is in the vicinity, lives are put at greater risk.” [Read more…]
The decision follows an earlier announcement that the agency would stop producing the charts later this year. FAA officials claim publishing the WACs has become cost-prohibitive as more and more pilots move to digital flight planning. [Read more…]
GA advocates are sounding the alarm about a plan to create a privatized Air Traffic Control system funded by user fees. [Read more…]
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has delayed plans to release its proposed FAA reauthorization legislation. That occurred after the House majority leader informed the committee that consideration of the FAA reauthorization bill has been moved to September. [Read more…]
The FAA has posted the second video in its Safety Information Video Series. Titled “The 2015 Wildlife Hazard Management and Strike Reporting Update,” the video outlines the benefits of wildlife hazard strike reporting and how airport operators use the information to reduce wildlife strikes at airports.
The July/August 2015 issue of FAA Safety Briefing highlights the many unique opportunities that GA flying enables in all four corners of our nation. Articles in this issue help prepare pilots for what to expect when traveling outside their home airspace in terms of plan, pilot, and plane. [Read more…]