Tag Archives: Federal Aviation Administration

FAA Initiates Grant Programs for Aviation Workforce Development

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened a pair of grant programs that aim to develop a modern workforce of both aircraft pilots and aviation maintainers. FAA said Tuesday that it will award the Aircraft Pilots and Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants to build an expanded talent pool of pilots, unmanned aircraft systems operators, aerospace engineers and aircraft maintenance technicians.

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FAA Unveils Grant Awardees for UAS Safety Research Effort

ASSURE Initiative

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has earmarked $5.8 million to fund the unmanned aircraft system research and training efforts of universities under the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for UAS program. FAA said Wednesday that the grants will support its Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) initiative. 

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FAA Celebrates 2020 Record of Licensed Space Operations; Elaine Chao Quoted

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved 41 commercial space launches and reentries in 2020, breaking a new record in the area. “This record-setting year in launches, and the new streamlined launch and reentry licensing regulations, bode well for continued rapid growth of America’s commercial space sector,” said Elaine Chao, secretary of Transportation.

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FAA Issues Two Final Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Steve Dickson Quoted

Steve Dickson

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released two final rules that will require remote identification of unmanned aircraft and permits small drone operators to fly at night and over people under specific conditions. “The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.

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FAA Opens Scoping Period for Planned Environmental Assessment of SpaceX’s Texas Launch Site

SpaceX

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun the scoping period for a planned environmental review of SpaceX’s Boca Chica site in Texas that will house launch operations for the company’s Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket. The scoping period is meant to help the FAA assess potential environmental issues at the site as well as alternative operational approaches.

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Transportation Department Announces FAA Mgmt Advisory Council’s Exec Moves

Transportation Department

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has named Peter Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and Derek Kan, former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, as new members of a council that provides the Federal Aviation Administration with input on aerospace system regulations, agency policy, budget and long-term plans.

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FAA to Host Virtual Meeting for Draft Environmental Review of Shuttle Landing Facility

FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is scheduled to host a virtual public meeting Dec. 2 to seek inputs on a draft environmental assessment for the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's shuttle landing facility. Space Florida will discuss its intent to apply for a reentry site operator license for the installation's SLF during the virtual event.

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FAA Sets Criteria for Complex UAS Service Certifications

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a set of criteria to guide proposed unmanned aircraft system certification across 10 different drone service applicants. The agency will use the criteria to determine the certification of the mentioned companies for complex drone operations. FAA invites the public to comment on airworthiness criteria for each of the applicant companies over a 30-day period.

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