The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) joined with five other groups and businesses to file a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the legality of a “settlement agreement” between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica to close the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO). [Read more…]
The FAA has selected Searidge Technologies to install, test and certify a Remote Tower System (RTS) at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL) in Loveland, Colorado. [Read more…]
The Hill is reporting that President Trump’s plan to privatize air traffic control is struggling to get off the ground.
The post notes that House lawmakers left town for the August recess without voting on the proposal, which is included in legislation to reauthorize the FAA. The plan would transfer the country’s air navigation system to a nonprofit corporation.
The recess means the chamber will have less than a month to consider the bill and negotiate a final product with the Senate, since the FAA’s legal authority expires at the end of September, the story reports.
Failure to pass the legislation would be a big blow for the White House as it scrambles to score a legislative victory on Capitol Hill, especially after the GOP’s latest healthcare defeat.
It also means reauthorization for the FAA will probably not pass, which will require a short-term extension, which, according to The Hill story, “would doom efforts to privatize air traffic control this year.”
Read the full story here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the FAA is currently accepting applications for entry-level air traffic controller positions, this is just a step toward lessening the current nationwide controller staffing crisis, according to officials with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
They say it will take years of “sustained hiring and successful training” to fully end the crisis. [Read more…]
More than 100 general aviation organizations have united in opposition to H.R. 2997, legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that seeks to privatize the nation’s ATC system.
The controversial proposal was introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) as part of a continuing congressional debate over reauthorization of the FAA, before current funding for the agency expires Sept. 30. [Read more…]
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA is complying with a recent appellate court ruling, offering to delete the registration information it collected from recreational drone users and return the $5 fee at their request.
On July 3, the agency made available a “registration deletion and self-certification” form that registrants must complete and mail to the FAA Civil Aviation Registry in Oklahoma City.
Read the full report here.
The FAA is accepting applications for entry-level air traffic controller positions starting through July 14, 2017.
The agency is hoping to fill 1,400 jobs. [Read more…]
A little more than 44% of all airline flight delays between May 2016 and April 2017 were categorized as Air Carrier Delay.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics defines Air Carrier Delay as “within the airline’s control (e.g. maintenance or crew problems, aircraft cleaning, baggage loaded, fueling, etc.).”
So it feels a tad misleading when Southwest Airlines asks its Rapid Rewards members to “Help us advocate for national ATC modernization.” [Read more…]