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USAF Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith Named FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, a retiring U.S. Air Force commander, has been named the Federal Aviation Administration's associate administrator for commercial space transportation, effective Jan. 20, 2019. He will oversee the Office of Commercial Space Transportation that is charged with protecting national security and foreign policy interests, as well as the public, with regard to commercial launch, the FAA said Thursday.

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Audit Set for November for FAA’s Drone Authorization Efforts

The Department of Transportation’s inspector general has announced that it will conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in authorizing operations of small unmanned aircraft systems in  U.S. airspace.

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DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: FAA Reauthorization Would Help Government Regulate Drone Usage

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement that the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 would increase the government's capacity to protect U.S. citizens from drone-induced threats. She highlighted that existing regulations constrained the Department of Homeland Security's jurisdiction to address drone threats prior to the bill's passing, the DHS said Thursday.
 

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FAA Eyes 2019 for Phased Assessment of Space-Based Aircraft Surveillance; Dan Elwell Quoted

The Federal Aviation Administration will launch an assessment of space-based aircraft surveillance over oceanic routes in 2019, Aviation Week reported Tuesday. The phased evaluation will include the use of Aireon’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system that is set to enter service in 2019 once Iridium Communications launches the last batch of Iridium NEXT satellites this year.

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FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Counter-Drone Provision

A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill contains a provision that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to attack drones that threaten national assets, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Unveiled the same day, the provision is part of H.R. 302 which aims to provide the FAA with aviation safety funds to cover a five-year authorization period.

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FAA Completes Nationwide Implementation of Drone Tracking System

The Federal Aviation Administration has activated the final component of its nationwide system designed to authorize and track drones in real time, FCW reported Monday. The North Central region coverage of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability is now operational, completing the activation of all six components that collectively cover 288 air traffic control stations.

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Sen. Mark Warner Introduces Minibus II Amendment to Boost UAS Funds

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced an amendment to increase funds for a spending package that would allot $6 million for unmanned aircraft system research. The amendment would boost the minibus II's UAS research funds under the fiscal 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development section of the base bill from $3 million to $6 million, Warner's office said Tuesday. The minibus II is intended to support research efforts that would help the government safely integrate UAS into U.S. national airspace.

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