Tag Archives: Federal Aviation Administration

FAA Opens New Field Office to Monitor Safety of Commercial Space Operations in Texas, New Mexico; Wayne Monteith Quoted

FAA Safety Field Office

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened a new safety field office in Houston, Texas, in an effort to enhance monitoring of the increasing commercial space operations in the area and in New Mexico. The new facility will host inspectors tasked to oversee ongoing testings and other work by SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and other space companies, FAA said Monday.

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New FAA Tech Tracks Space Launches, Reentries; Administrator Steve Dickson Quoted

Steve Dickson

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now has a prototype tool designed to help the agency track space launches and reentries at speeds close to real-time. FAA said Thursday that its Space Data Integrator (SDI) delivers telemetry data to the agency's Air Traffic Control System Command Center in an automated fashion.

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FAA Issues $845M in Airport Improvement Grants; DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg Quoted

Airport Improvement

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled the fourth round of fiscal year 2021 grants amounting to $845 million for infrastructure projects under the agency's Airport Improvement Program. FAA said Thursday that the funds will support efforts to bolster airport safety, capacity and jobs, address environmental impacts caused by airports and increase accessibility for remote communities and people with disabilities.

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DOT Extends Space Advisory Panel Charter

FAA Safety Field Office

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has extended by two years the charter for a committee that advises DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on U.S. commercial space transportation matters. The 22-member Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) will continue to function through June 2023 under its renewed charter, FAA said Thursday.

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FAA, Air Force Department Partner to Implement Common Space Launch Standards; John Roth Quoted

Space Launch Standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to help the U.S. Space Force promote safety across commercial space operations at the service branch's facilities. The Department of the Air Force said Monday that it partnered with FAA to implement common safety standards and eliminate redundant processes for commercial space activities at Vandenberg Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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

Unmanned Aircraft

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

FAA Safety Field Office

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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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

FAA Safety Field Office

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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