Tag Archives: FAA

Federal Agencies Launch Efforts to Address National Security, Public Safety Risks of Drones

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Federal agencies are initiating measures to address the potential risk posed by unmanned aircraft systems to national security and public safety amid an increasing number of drones flying near airports and other critical infrastructure. “Remote identification will help law enforcement determine if a drone poses an actual threat that needs to be mitigated,” a spokeswoman for FAA said in a statement.

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GAO Recommends Quantitative, Mission-Critical Skill Gap Assessment in FAA Workforce

Federal Aviation

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement a quantitative approach to assess skill gaps among FAA employees who perform mission-critical work to help them prepare for emerging aviation technology trends. GAO said Thursday its recommendation to the FAA's human resource management office follows a review of workforce planning methods at the U.S. regulatory agency for civil aviation activities.

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FAA Updates Navigation Charts Amid Rising Commercial Space Launch Activity

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has added areas of space launch activity to the agency's pilot navigation charts as commercial space operations continue to increase. FAA said Wednesday it expects the number of authorized launch and reentry missions to increase from 41 last year to 50 or above during 2021.

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White House to Nominate Aerospace Exec Pamela Melroy as NASA Deputy Administrator

Pamela Melroy

President Biden has announced that his NASA deputy administrator nominee will be Pamela Melroy, a retired U.S. Air Force test pilot and a former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander who now serves as an independent consultant and a member of the users advisory group to the National Space Council (NSC). 

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FAA Postpones Implementation of New Rules for Drone Tracking, Operations

Drone Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has delayed the implementation of two new rules that will require operators of small unmanned aerial systems to register their UAS for remote identification tracking, and allow them to conduct drone operations over people and vehicles at certain times of the day. Both Remote ID and Operations Over People and at Night rules were finalized in Dec. 2020. 

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FAA Partners With Oklahoma’s Choctaw Nation to Study UAS Integration Into National Airspace; Michelle Coppedge Quoted

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will jointly research unmanned aircraft system-assisted cargo transportation to advance the national airspace system. “Our goal is to advance the development and integration of UAS into what is already a complex national airspace system,” said Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center Director Michelle Coppedge.

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FAA to Test UAS Security Systems at Five U.S. Airports

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has named five host airports that will test new security systems designed to boost security against drone threats. FAA said Tuesday its Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program will use the gathered input to implement new standards and technologies for airport protection against unauthorized UAS.

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FAA Needs Personnel to Facilitate Recreational Drone Safety Tests

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks test administrators for a new program that aims to test the safety of recreational drones. FAA said Monday that it has opened applications for third-party entities that would administer and facilitate The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). Parties interested to serve as test administrators may submit applications through March 31st. 

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DynCorp International Earns FAA Diamond Awards

DynCorp International

DynCorp International (DI) has earned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence in three programs: CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service Firewatch program and U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington program. The awards have recognized the company’s commitment to aviation maintenance training. 

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PSC Names David Broome EVP for Government Relations; David Berteau, Roger Krone Quoted

Professional Services

Professional Services Council (PSC) has appointed David Broome as executive vice president for Government Relations, effective Feb. 15, 2021. “I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead PSC’s government relations, especially at a time when the new administration’s agenda takes shape,” Broome said. Broome, a Marine Corps reservist, has more than two decades of experience across the federal government. 

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