Category: avia

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 Max 8

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 Max 8:

3/11/19 6:00pm Update

The FAA has issued a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) related to the Boeing 737-8 and Boeing 737-9 (737 MAX) fleet.

3/11/19 3:15pm Update

An FAA team is on-site with the NTSB in its investigation of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.We are collecting data and keeping in contact with international civil aviation authorities as information becomes available.Today, the FAA will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) for Boeing 737 MAX operators. The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft. If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.

March 11, 2019 at 10:46PM News and Updates

Aerospace Pact Lowers Fees on U.S. Companies a…

Aerospace Pact Lowers Fees on U.S. Companies and Opens European Acccess to U.S.Markets:

During a meeting between the co-chairs of the Bilateral Oversight Board (BOB) at the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the officials with FAA and the European Union (EU) signed two decisions associated with the Airworthiness Annex of the U.S./EU Safety Agreement.

The first decision, Bilateral Oversight Board (BOB) Decision 0008-0001, enables reductions of the EUs European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) fees for validation of U.S. aerospace products. This achievement is the culmination of a multi-year effort to reduce duplication of efforts by the FAA and EASA, and to lower EASA fees on U.S. industry to be more commensurate with that reduced level of effort. The decision covers simple design modifications such as Basic Supplemental Type Certificates. Fee reductions will take effect 30 days from todays signing.

The second decision, BOB Decision 0009, amends the U.S./EU Safety Agreement to remove country specific limitations associated with aeronautical products and parts eligible for import into the United States. This amendment treats all EU Member States equally under the agreement and recognizes EASAs oversight and standardization processes throughout their jurisdiction.

The FAA is fully committed to mutually working together with our international partners to improve aviation oversight and management, said FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety and BOB Co-chair Ali Bahrami. These agreements are a win, win for both the United States and Europe by providing greater access to aerospace markets, products and services.

Director for Aviation, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and BOB Co-chair Filip Cornelis said, Closer cooperation between the European and the US aviation safety oversight bodies brings clear benefits to both sides of the Atlantic. These agreements will facilitate the work of both the European and the US manufacturing sectors and help us maintain the highest.

About the FAA
The FAA operates the safest, most efficient, and complex aerospace system in the world. The FAA employs more than 45,000 people globally who are dedicated to improving safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability through global leadership, regulatory harmonization and partnerships. The FAA regulates the U.S. civil aviation industry, commercial space transportation, and is increasing safety and efficiency through its air traffic modernization program. Aviation contributes $1.6 trillion annually to the U.S. economy, supports 10.6 million jobs, and constitutes 5.1 percent of the nations gross domestic product.

March 08, 2019 at 05:52PM News and Updates

Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen when the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and quickly develops into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot. However, with proficiency training, you can maintain and improve pilot performance with respect to many LOC precursors, making it much less likely that LOC will occur.

Pilot Skills: Currency vs. Proficiency

Do you know the difference between keeping current and becoming proficient? The FAA sets minimum standards for currency, but proficiency means that you have taken the time to fully train and are ready to handle any situation at any time.

Being current under the regulations means you have met the requirements to act as a pilot in command of an aircraft. Being proficient means that you are fully competent in those actions. In other words, you understand the normal operations as well as the what-if readiness for your type of flying.

Aeronautical decision-making and judgment is a constant work-in-process. Make the commitment to fly, master the technology, use your checklists, review your proficiency and maintain your personal discipline.

Know Your Limits

We all have limits. Do you know yours? You know what is legal through the regulations, your insurance company, the company you fly for but do you know what your skills and talents enable you to do, safely? If the answer is no, are you able to respect that answer? Personal minimums mean we set a line for what we will accept as safe, before we go flying. Personal minimums must be, refined and internalized, before your emotions and ego become involved.

What Would You Do?

Imagine different scenarios. A difficult landing. What would you do? A long day of flying. How does that change your decisions? What if you have passengers on board? You can see that choices are not always black or white. The more you can think about these situations and what your personal minimums will be, the better prepared you will be.

Benefits of WINGS

Each aeronautical skill requires practice. Practice with your flight instructor. Challenge yourself. Enroll in the FAAs WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program to learn more, and help us reduce the number of accidents we see each year. This program helps you improve your skills and knowledge as pilots. The WINGS program will:

  • Help pilots reduce stress and enjoy a safer flying experience by maintaining their currency and proficiency in the basics of flight.
  • Encourage ongoing training with your flight instructor. Reviewing and refreshing your knowledge at regular intervals throughout the year is just as important as actual flying.
  • Provide opportunities to complete online courses, attend seminars, and participate in webinars. Many third party activities, including those offered by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Aviation Supplies and Academics Inc., Sportys and others qualify for WINGS credit.

Getting started in WINGS is as easy as one, two, three.

1. Create an account on

2. Complete your WINGS Pilot Profile

3. Attend a WINGS seminar or take a WINGS flight with your flight instructor.

Theres nothing like the feeling you get when you know youre playing your A game and in order to do that you need good coaching. So, fly regularly with a flight instructor who will challenge you to review what you know, explore new horizons, and to always do your best.Of course, youll have to dedicate time and money to your proficiency program, but its well worth it for the peace of mind that comes with confidence.

More about Loss of Control:

Contributing factors may include:

  • Errors in and aeronautical decision making
  • Failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action
  • Intentional failure to comply with regulations
  • Failure to maintain airspeed
  • Failure to follow procedure
  • Pilot inexperience and lack of proficiency
  • Use of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol

Did you know?

  • From October 2017 through September 2018, 382 people died in 226 general aviation accidents.
  • Loss of Control was the number one cause of these accidents.
  • Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.
  • There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.

Learn more:

The FAAs WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program is a great place to start.

You can find the WINGS User Guide here.

Learn more about Currency vs. Proficiency through this AOPA article on Pilot Skills.

Time is getting short!!The FAAs Equip ADS-B website gives you the information you need to equip now.

Curious about FAA regulations (Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations)? Its a good idea to stay on top of them. You can find current FAA regulations on this website.

TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars, and more on key general aviation safety topics.

TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. The program operates on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.

TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)is comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

March 06, 2019 at 03:59PM News and Updates

Important Update for B4UFLY Users

Important Update for B4UFLY Users:

FAA partners with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY to further our safety mission and create a new and improved mobile app.

February 28, 2019 at 01:10AM News and Updates

FAA Changes Environmental Review of CLT Runway

FAA Changes Environmental Review of CLT Runway:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to convert the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new runway and other projects at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) to an Environmental Assessment (EA). A major change to the length of the proposed new runway and the resulting decrease in potential significant environmental impacts prompted the decision.

In October 2018, the FAA completed a Runway Length Analysis as part of the EIS process. The analysis determined that a shorter runway length of 10,000 feet is adequate to accommodate aircraft that will operate at the airport in the future. The original proposed runway length was 12,000 feet.

The EA also will cover other projects including the proposed addition of 12 gates each to Concourses B and C, expansion of the aircraft parking aprons at the concourses, and a new North Parking Garage.

CLTs 2016 Airport Capacity Enhancement Program (ACEP), identified and recommended the projects to meet future airfield and terminal capacity demands. Operational data gathered during the EIS process confirmed the need for the new development.

The proposed shorter runway would allow West Boulevard to be relocated on existing roadways closer to the airports operational area, which would lessen the impact on the community.

The City of Charlotte, which operates the airport, will produce the EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It can complete the EA in about one year. The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on a draft EA, and comments will be included in the final document. The FAA will issue a final environmental determination and Record of Decision on the EA.

Throughout the environmental process, the airport will keep the public fully informed of and involved in the EA as it moves forward.

The FAA posted a notice in the Federal Register today announcing the decision.

February 27, 2019 at 04:17PM News and Updates

FAA Statement: Safety is the top priority for …

FAA Statement: Safety is the top priority for the FAA:

Safety is the top priority for the FAA. Air traffic controllers and the technicians who maintain the nations airspace system continue to serve their critical mission to ensure the publics safety.We are allocating resources based on risk assessment to meet all safety critical functions. If we identify an issue, we recall inspectors and engineers to address it. We sincerely thank FAA employees who are working to keep the traveling public and our skies safe.

January 10, 2019 at 11:31PM News and Updates

FAA Operations Update

FAA Operations Update:

Due to a lapse in funding, the FAA will only conduct exempt activities. Air traffic control is fully operational and there is no impact to safety or FAA oversight for travelers.

The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) and Drone Zone are operational.

Posts to this website and social media accounts will be limited.

December 22, 2018 at 01:09AM News and Updates

FAA Seeks New Drone Advisory Group Members

FAA Seeks New Drone Advisory Group Members:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a notice in the Federal Register soliciting qualified candidates to serve on the Drone Advisory Committee(DAC). The committee provides an open venue for the FAA and stakeholders to identify and recommend consensus-based resolutions for issues related to integration of unmanned aircraft (UAS) into the National Airspace System.

The notice explains the responsibilities associated with DAC membership and the desired qualifications for participants. It also details the materials candidates must submit, noting that failure to supply the required information may disqualify an otherwise excellent candidate from the review process. Selected members will serve for at least two years. The FAA must receive nomination packages no later than 6:00 a.m. EST on January 9, 2019.

Typically, DAC members are at the level of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer or other high-ranking positions. Members come from a cross-section of stakeholders representing UAS interests, including industry, research and academia, retail, and technology. The FAA maintains a roster of the current DAC membership. The DAC is limited to a maximum of 35 individuals.

The DAC, established as a Federal Advisory Committee, advises the FAA on the needs of new and expanding users of the National Airspace System, while identifying the strategic regulatory priorities and structure that simultaneously promote innovation, safety, efficiency and rapid UAS integration.

December 20, 2018 at 07:41PM News and Updates

FAA: Make Sure Laser-Light Displays Aren’t Aim…

FAA: Make Sure Laser-Light Displays Aren’t Aimed at the Sky:

With the holiday season upon us, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)wants to make sure your laser-light displays are aimed at your house and not into the sky.

Each year we receive reports from pilots who are distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays. You might not realize this, but a well-meaning attempt to spread holiday cheer has the potential to create a serious safety risk to pilots and their passengers flying overhead.

So please make sure all laser lights are directed at your house and not into the sky. The extremely concentrated beams of laser lights reach much farther than you might realize.

If we become aware that your laser-light display affects pilots, well ask you to adjust them or turn them off. If your laser-light display continues to affect pilots, despite our warnings, you could face a civil penalty.

Laser strikes against aircraft continue to increase each year. Last year we received 6,754 reports of laser strikes against aircraft, a 250 percent increase since we started tracking laser strikes in 2010.

Intentionally aiming a laser at an aircraft is a serious safety risk and violates federal law. Many high-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots who are trying to fly safely to their destinations and may be carrying hundreds of passengers.

We work with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to pursue civil and criminal penalties against individuals who purposely aim a laser at an aircraft. We may impose civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation. Civil penalties of up to $30,800 have been imposed by the FAA against individuals for multiple laser incidents.

December 12, 2018 at 09:58PM News and Updates

Save the Date-The UAS Symposium is Coming!

Save the Date-The UAS Symposium is Coming!:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 4th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on February 12-14, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

This years Symposium is all about getting down to business. Come learn how the FAA is partnering with industry stakeholders to find the balance between safety and innovation in order to advance UAS integration. Attendees will hear directly from senior FAA officials, government agencies, industry and academia on how UAS challenges are being tackled today and what to expect in the future.

Back by popular demand, the FAA will provide an on-site resource center to answer your questions, including inquiries about airspace authorizations, waivers, the small UAS rule, and other policies and regulations.

Advanced UAS operations, including beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS), package delivery, and urban air mobility are the future. Dont miss the opportunity to learn about the latest developments that will help you take full advantage of the almost limitless opportunities the UAS world offers. Interest in the Symposium will be greater than ever, so register now!

December 12, 2018 at 06:26PM News and Updates