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FAA Provides Aviation Careers to People with D…

FAA Provides Aviation Careers to People with Disabilities:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a pilot program to help prepare people with disabilities for careers in air traffic operations.

A key focus for the FAAs Office of Civil Rights is to identify specific opportunities for people with targeted disabilities, empower them and facilitate their entry into a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The FAA will enroll up to 20 people in the Aviation Development Program. They will train for up to one year at 10 Air Route Traffic Control Centers throughout the U.S. The following facilities will participate in the pilot: Minneapolis, Minn., Cleveland, Ohio, Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo., Fort Worth, Texas, Jacksonville, Fla., Seattle, Wash., Memphis, Tenn., Kansas City, Kan., and Salt Lake City, Utah.

The candidates in this program will receive the same rigorous consideration in terms of aptitude, medical and security qualifications as those individuals considered for a standard public opening for air traffic controller jobs. The training will prepare them for an opportunity to be appointed to a temporary air traffic control specialist position at the FAA Academy.

Candidates for the Aviation Development Program must meet the following criteria:

People who are interested in applying for the pilot program should follow the instructions on the Aviation Development Program website. The website also has a schedule for in-person information sessions.

April 12, 2019 at 12:48AM News and Updates

Outreach Helps Bring Laser Strike Numbers Down

Outreach Helps Bring Laser Strike Numbers Down:

WASHINGTON Heightened public awareness of the serious safety risk posed by lasers reduced the total number of laser strikes for the second consecutive year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA reported 5,663 laser incidents in 2018, down from 6,754 in 2017 and 7,398 in 2016. However, the substantial number of reported incidents clearly show that laser strikes on aircraft remain a serious threat to aviation safety.

The agency and law enforcement agencies are working hard to increase public awareness of the dangers posed by lasers. Please see our video about the dangers of lasers. For more information about lasers see our fact sheet.


April 11, 2019 at 10:23PM News and Updates

El alcance comunitario ayuda a reducir los nme…

El alcance comunitario ayuda a reducir los nmeros de ataques de lser:

WASHINGTON Segn la Administracin Federal de Aviacin (FAA), el aumento de conocimiento pbico sobre el riesgo grave de seguridad que representan los lseres reduj el nmero total de ataques con lser por segundo ao consecutivo.

La FAA report 5,663 incidentes de lser en 2018, declinando en comparacin con 6,754 en 2017 y 7,398 en 2016. Sin embargo, el nmero sustancial de incidentes reportados muestra claramente que los ataques con lser en aeronaves siguen siendo una amenaza seria para la seguridad de la aviacin.

La agencia y las agencias de aplicacin de la ley estn trabajando arduamente para aumentar la conciencia pblica sobre los peligros que representan los lseres. Para ver un video sobre los peligros de los lseres, vaya al enlace al video. Para obtener ms informacin, consulte el enlace a la hoja informativa.

April 11, 2019 at 10:22PM News and Updates

FAA to Hold Workshops for Denver Metroplex Pro…

FAA to Hold Workshops for Denver Metroplex Project:

DenverThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold 12 public workshops between April 29, 2019 and May 16, 2019 in and around Denver about proposed airspace improvements over the metropolitan area.

The proposed improvements are part of the Denver Metroplex project, which would use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. Satellite-based routes that would allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver and surrounding airports; enhancing aviation safety and efficiency, and potentially reducing flight delays.

The Denver Metroplex project is a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the FAA is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) in keeping with NEPA. The FAA is scheduled to release the Draft EA on April 22, 2019.

As part of this review, the FAA will hold 12 public workshops at multiple locations around the Denver Metro area. The workshop dates will beMonday through Thursdayover a three-week period: April 29-May 2; May 6-9; and May 13-16.The workshops will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will be an open-house format, where people can attend any time during the posted times to learn about the project. They will take place in the following areas: Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Boulder, two in the Centennial area, Denver, Erie, Green Valley Ranch, Greenwood Village, Longmont and Parker. The FAA will announce the workshop locations when the agency releases the projects Draft EA. People can submit written comments on the Draft EA at the workshops and online during a 45-day public comment period that will run from April 22, 2019 through June 6, 2019.The FAA will consider all applicable comments we receive.

The FAA will post the Draft EA and updates on the Denver Metroplex project website.

April 08, 2019 at 11:29PM News and Updates

FAA Sets Public Workshops for South-Central Fl…

FAA Sets Public Workshops for South-Central Florida Metroplex:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has scheduled public workshops on proposed new air traffic control procedures developed under the South-Central Florida Metroplex. The project aims to replace dozens of existing flight procedures with satellite-based routes, enhancing safety and efficiency of flights over the state.

The South-Central Florida Metroplex proposes new procedures for Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL), Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA) where operational efficiency directly affects flights throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). The project also proposes changes for St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) and Palm Beach (PBI) and several satellite airports. For more information, view our videos in English and Spanish.

The workshops will be an open house format where FAA experts will share preliminary designs of the air traffic procedures and answer questions. The agency will accept written comments at the workshops and through a link posted on this webpage: South Central Florida Community Involvement. We will accept comments on the proposals for each location for 30 days from the date of the last meeting in that city.

The sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at these locations:

Orlando April 15-18, 2019

  • April 15 Lake Nona High School, 12500 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, 32832
  • April 16Orlando Executive Airport, 365 Rickenbacker Dr., Orlando, 32803
  • April 17Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 32809
  • April 18 -Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 32789

Palm Beach April 18, 2019

  • Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, 33406.

Fort Lauderdale April 22-25, 2019

  • April 22 Old Davie School, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie, 33314
  • April 23 Anne Kolb Nature Center, Mangrove Hall, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, 33019
  • April 24 Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie, 33317
  • April 25 David Posnack JCC, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, 33328

Miami April 29-May 2, 2019

  • April 29Police Substation, 3719 NW 97th Ave., Doral, 33178
  • April 30 Florida International University, Wolfe University Center, Rooms 221 and 223, 3000, NE 151 St., North Miami Beach, 33181
  • May 1 Marriott Miami Airport, 1201 NW 42nd Ave., Miami, 33126
  • May 2 Glenn Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs, 33166

Tampa Bay April 29-May 2, 2019

  • April 29 Clarion Inn & Suites, 20967 US-19, Clearwater, 33765
  • April 30 Tampa Airport Marriott, 4200 George J. Bean Pkwy., Tampa, 33607
  • May 1 Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33618

This session will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • May 2 Jan Platt Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 33611

TheNational Environmental Policy Act of 1969(NEPA) requires the FAA to identify and publicly disclose any potential environmental impacts of the proposed procedures. The agency plans to begin the environmental review in summer 2019. We will offer the public the opportunity to comment on the proposals again during the environmental process. The FAA anticipates completing the environmental review in 2020, and expects to implement the new procedures in 2021 to the extent supported by the environmental findings.

April 05, 2019 at 10:22PM News and Updates

FAA Video on Licensing Commercial Space Transp…

FAA Video on Licensing Commercial Space Transportation Operations Now Available:

More and more U.S. citizens and companies want to know about the exciting and growing field of commercial space transportation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now has a new video on obtaining an FAA-license to conduct a launch, reentry, and even operate a spaceport.

An FAA license is required to conduct any commercial launch or reentry, the operation of any launch or reentry site by U.S. citizens anywhere in the world, or by any individual or entity within the United States. However, an FAA license is not required for a space-related activity the government carries out for the government, such as some NASA or Department of Defense launches.

The video also goes through the pre-application process, where the FAA sits down with potential commercial space operators to discuss what licensing requirements applicants might need to conduct their specific space-related activity.

Once the FAA issues a license or permit, the agency works with operators to make sure they are meeting the requirements to conduct launches and reentries. This includes having FAA safety inspectors monitor licensed activities. However, as a federal regulator the FAA has the authority to suspend or revoke any license or issue fines when a commercial space operator is not in compliance with statutory or regulatory requirements.

So, if you are thinking about obtaining a license from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, please view the video. You also may find additional information in the PowerPoint presentation associated with video and the fact sheet.

April 05, 2019 at 07:58PM News and Updates

FAA to Hold Workshops for Las Vegas Metroplex …

FAA to Hold Workshops for Las Vegas Metroplex Project:

LAS VEGAS-The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold three public workshops on April 9, 10 and 11 in and around Las Vegas about proposed airspace improvements over the metropolitan area.

The proposed improvements are part of the FAA’s Las Vegas Metroplex project, which would use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more efficiently through the area. The project includes McCarran International Airport, North Las Vegas Airport, Henderson Executive Airport and Nellis Air Force Base. It is one of 11 Metroplex projects nationwide.

While the airspace around Las Vegas is very safe, its not as efficient as it could be. The FAA proposes to address the inefficiencies by implementing new routes that are more direct, automatically separated from each other, and have efficient climb and descent profiles. The potential benefits of these routes can include reductions in pilot-controller communications, miles flown, fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

The FAA has drafted preliminary designs for new satellite-based routes for the Las Vegas area. The upcoming workshops will feature informational videos and poster boards that show existing and proposed routes and explain the inefficiencies in the current system. FAA representatives will be available to answer questions, and people can submit written comments at the workshops and online for 30 days afterward.

The workshops will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They will be an open-house format, where people can attend any time during the posted times to learn about the project. Free parking will be available at all locations.

The workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, April 9
Henderson Executive Airport
3500 Executive Terminal Dr.
Henderson, NV 89052
North/South Meeting Rooms

Wednesday, April 10
North Las Vegas Airport
2730 Airport Dr.
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Grand Canyon Conf. Room

Thursday, April 11
Clark County Government Center
500 S Grand Central Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Pueblo Room

The FAA will consider all applicable comments we receive at the workshops and during the comment period in developing the Draft Environmental Assessement (EA) for the Las Vegas Metroplex project. When the FAA completes the Draft EA, the agency will hold additional workshops so people can commment on that document.

The FAA will consider all applicable comments from the Draft EA workshops and associated public comment period in developing the final EA for the project. The FAA will conduct additional workshops to inform the public about any final routes.

To learn more about the project, please visit:

April 05, 2019 at 12:08AM News and Updates

FAA Issues Policy for ADS-B Compliance

FAA Issues Policy for ADS-B Compliance:

WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced in the Federal Register its policy for issuing air traffic control (ATC) authorizations to persons seeking to operate aircraft that are not equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment in ADS-B airspace after Jan. 1, 2020.

The policy statement merely implements a provision in the 2010 rule regarding ATC authorizations and does not create any new requirement or burden on operators.

The ADS-B Out final rule issued in 2010 requires aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace to be equipped with ADS-B avionics that meet the prescribed performance standards after Jan. 1, 2020.

In issuing the rule, the agency recognized that operators who do not routinely operate in the specified airspace might need to do so on rare occasions. ATC authorizations to deviate from the equipage requirement were established in the regulation to address these instances. These per-operation authorizations are not intended to support routine operations of non-equipped aircraft in airspace covered by the rule. The FAA noted in the final rule that authorizations would be considered on a case-by-case basis and might not be granted in all instances. The FAA anticipates that operators who routinely fly in airspace covered by the ADS-B rule are taking the necessary steps to equip in order to ensure there is no disruption to their operations.

The FAA does not plan to grant authorization requests for routine flights from scheduled operators seeking to fly non-equipped aircraft in rule airspace.

Operators who want to fly in airspace covered by the rule but are not equipped with ADS-B Out avionics must request and obtain preflight authorization. The request must be made at least one hour before the proposed operation. An operator who flies a non-equipped aircraft in ADS-B airspace without obtaining a preflight authorization will be presumed in violation of the regulations.

The agency will not issue in-flight authorizations to operators of non-equipped aircraft, and ATC facilities will not accept requests for authorizations by telephone. An ATC clearance does not constitute an authorization.

If an authorization request is not approved prior to departure, the operator should assume the authorization is denied. It is highly unlikely that authorizations will be approved for airspace at busy airports where capacity is constrained. Others reasons for which authorizations may not be granted include workload, runway configurations, air traffic flows and weather conditions.

For more information on ADS-B, visit:

For information on the FAAs ADS-B rebate program for general aviation, visit:

April 03, 2019 at 12:10AM News and Updates

FAA Rule Would Streamline Commercial Space Lau…

FAA Rule Would Streamline Commercial Space Launch and Reentry Requirements:

WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a proposed rule that would streamline federal commercial space transportation requirements for future launch, reentry, and launch-site providers, and maintain safety during launches and reentries. The proposed rule follows the National Space Councils 2018 Space Policy Directive 2, which called on the Secretary of Transportation to review and revise the Departments commercial space launch and re-entry licensing regulations. It will expand national and international access to the economic, scientific, and educational benefits of traveling to space.

These rules will maintain safety, simplify the licensing process, enable innovation, and reduce costs to help our country remain a leader in commercial space launches, said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The proposed rule would provide a safe, performance-based regulatory approach to commercial space transportation. It would promote safety practices by creating flexibility for operators to meet safety requirements, and by enhancing collaboration among stakeholders. The rule would also improve efficiency by encouraging potential and current launch site and reentry operators to suggest and implement design and operation solutions.

Ingenuity and innovation have always fueled our nations success in space travel, said FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell. This proposed rule ensures that a commercial space rocket is not tethered to a launch pad with unnecessary red tape.

The proposed rule advances proposals by the Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which is made up of commercial space and aviation leaders from government and industry. Formed by the FAA a year ago, the Committee discussed and put forward proposals and recommendations to the agency. The proposed rule announced today is a result of that effort.

The FAA is responsible for ensuring protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and encouraging, facilitating, and promoting U.S. commercial space transportation. To date, the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation has licensed or permitted more than 370 launches, reentries, and launch sites.

The U.S. commercial space transportation industry had its most productive year ever in fiscal year 2018, with 32 FAA-licensed launches, three reentries, and two new launch sites, bringing the total number of U.S. launch sites to 12. The FAA is forecasting as many as 40 FAA-licensed commercial space transportation activities this fiscal year.

March 26, 2019 at 09:08PM News and Updates

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