As winter approaches, U.S. airports, pilots, air traffic controllers, and manufacturers will begin using new Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) methods to improve safety at U.S. airports.
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA has subpoenaed the city of Santa Monica and issued a notice of investigation into the city’s efforts to evict the two main fuel providers at Santa Monica Airport.
“These actions may be causing, and appear intended to cause, impairment of the airport, including but not limited to, a de facto closure of the airport in violation of applicable law,” the agency told the city in a Sept. 26 notice of investigation (NOI), according to the report. Read the full report here.
The FAA is now accepting job applications from people with previous air traffic control experience. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 20, 2016.
Experienced air traffic controllers include eligible military air traffic controllers and others with air traffic controller certification. [Read more…]
The FAA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact/ Record of Decision for the Southern California Metroplex project.
The decision enables the agency to move forward with the project, which will replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic control procedures with new satellite-based procedures. [Read more…]
When President Obama signed the extension of the FAA’s reauthorization July 15, GA’s focus was on the long-awaited medical reform. But what else was in the bill that affects GA? [Read more…]
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA has reacted to the city of Santa Monica’s plan to close Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in 2018.
In a letter sent to mayor Tony Vazquez, FAA director of airport compliance and management analysis Kevin Willis reminded the mayor that under a recent Part 16 decision, “the city is required to continue to operate the airport for public use on reasonable terms and without unjust discrimination.” [Read more…]
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA associate administrator for airports has affirmed an earlier director’s determination that requires the city of Santa Monica, Calif., to keep its airport (SMO) open until 2023.
In a final decision and order, the associate administrator responded to the city’s appeal of the Dec. 4, 2015, director’s determination, which found that the city was obligated by receipt of grant funds to keep the airport open at least until Aug. 27, 2023. The city appealed that determination, and the FAA re-examined the record.
“Based on this re-examination,” the final decision and order noted, “the FAA concludes that the director’s determination is supported by a preponderance of reliable, probative and substantial evidence, and is consistent with applicable law, precedent and FAA policy.”
Read the full story here.
AVweb is reporting that the FAA has issued its final rule on the controversial airworthiness directive that will require the replacement of cylinders on 6,200 high-displacement Continental engines. The AD, which takes effect Sept. 15, scraps thousands of aftermarket cylinders made by ECi.
According to the AVweb report, the AD caused a storm of protest from owners, engine shops and manufacturers and prompted a long consultation process by the FAA. Even the NTSB opposed the scope and breadth of the AD. In the end, after several modifications, the FAA determined that the 6,200 engines will need all their cylinders replaced at a total cost of $88.5 million for U.S. owners, or about $11,520 per engine. Read the full AVweb report here.
The FAA reports that NextGen is bringing new benefits to Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC) through a technology called Data Comm.
Data Comm revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots by replacing some traditional voice communications with digital information exchanges, FAA officials explain. [Read more…]