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FAA Fully Implements New Air Traffic Surveillance System

The Federal Aviation Administration has completed implementation of a new air traffic surveillance system across 155 airports. FAA said Monday that it activated the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast system at Ohio-based Akron-Canton Airport and Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport for the last batch of implementation.

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DHS, FFA Launch Efforts to Remove Inefficient Network Security Tools

Larry Grossman, acting chief information security officer of the Federal Aviation Administration, has said that the agency intends to reduce the amount of security tools present in their networks, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. During a recent Northern Virginia Technology Council event, Grossman told attendees that his team intends to remove two products for every network security tool the FAA acquires.

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Senate Appropriations Committee: FAA Must Revise Approach to Streamline Launch Policy

The Senate Appropriations Committee recommends the Federal Aviation Administration to augment the agency's method to streamline commercial launch policy, Space News reported Thursday. The committee approved a bill that boosts FAA's funds for commercial launch licensing, but also urges the agency to create another draft on associated policy.

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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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Travis Air Force Deploys FAA-Certified 3D Printer

Travis Air Force Base has fielded an industrial-sized 3D printer to manufacture nonstructural aircraft components. Accredited by the Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center as well as the Federal Aviation Administration, the Stratasys F900 3D printer uses Ultem materials to produce plastic parts, the U.S. Air Force said Monday

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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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Former Delta Air Senior VP Stephen Dickson Senate-Confirmed to Lead FAA

The Senate has confirmed Stephen Dickson, a former senior vice president of flight operations at Delta Air Lines, as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration following a 52 to 40 vote, Reuters reported Thursday. Dickson will succeed Dan Elwell, who served as the FAA's acting administrator since 2018.

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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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