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FAA, NASA Demo Low-Altitude Drone Operations Under Pilot Program

The Federal Aviation Administration has collaborated with NASA and unmanned aircraft system testing partners to conduct three safety demonstrations of drone operations at an altitude of below 400 feet. FAA said Wednesday that the field tests demonstrated the possibility of conducting UAS flights beyond visual line-of-sight in airspace without air traffic services.

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FAA Focusing on Commercial Space Transportation Office Reorganization

The Federal Aviaton Administration hopes to complete a reorganization effort for its Office of Commercial Space Transportation as the unit continues to expand its workforce, Space News reported Monday. AST is responsible for licensing operations for commercial launches and reentries. The office currently has 97 personnel and is authorized to hire up to 108 people. 

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Commercial Drone Alliance Seeks ‘Regulatory Certainty’ for Large UAS Operations

The Commercial Drone Alliance is calling on the U.S. chief technology officer and the Federal Aviation Adinistration to “provide regulatory certainty” for operating large unmanned aerial systems. The industry group wrote to USCTO and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Michael Kratsios as well as FAA Administrator Stephen Dickinson and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao seeking a "clear regulatory roadmap” for drones that weigh more than 55 pounds.

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FAA to Update Procedure on Supersonic Flight Test Permits

The Federal Aviation Administration intends to modify regulations on the attainment of permission for supersonic flight tests in a proposed rulemaking. Dan Elwell, acting administrator at FAA, said in a statement published Monday that the agency will establish an updated process and provide information to companies in securing approval for flight demonstrations.

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Air Force Partners With FAA to Promote Aviation Nationwide

The U.S. Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration launched a new initiative to increase partnerships with industry to address the national aircrew shortage. The collaboration intends to promote aviation across the country and increase the number of pilots joining the military, the Air Force said Friday.

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Barbara Barrett Nominated for Air Force Secretary Post; Replacing Heather Wilson

President Trump announced his nomination of Barbara Barrett, former chairwoman of The Aerospace Corp., to be the next U.S. Air Force secretary, CNN reported Tuesday. She will succeed Heather Wilson, who stepped down from the SecAF post to join the University of Texas at El Paso as president, once she receives Senate confirmation. 

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Barbara Barrett Nominated for Air Force Secretary Post; Replacing Heather Wilson

President Trump announced his nomination of Barbara Barrett, former chairwoman of The Aerospace Corp., to be the next U.S. Air Force secretary, CNN reported Tuesday. Barrett will succeed Heather Wilson, who stepped down from the SecAF post to join the University of Texas at El Paso as president, once she receives Senate confirmation. 

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FAA Appoints Michael Chasen as DAC Chairman, Adds 12 Members

Michael Chasen, CEO at PrecisionHAWK USA, has been named chairman of the Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Advisory Committee by Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The 35-man committee was formed to help FAA address concerns and prioritize update efforts for unmanned air vehicles, the agency said Monday. The agency also appointed 12 new members from companies, government agencies and organizations that support drone initiatives.

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FAA to Reorganize Commercial Space Transportation Office

The Federal Aviation Administration will reorganize its office that manages commercial space transportation to increase efficiency and address the growing number of license applications from industry, SpaceNews reported Friday. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the FAA will provide the Office of Commercial Space Transportation a new structure as the agency streamlines the process for obtaining commercial launch and reentry licenses.

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