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House and Senate Release Competing Aviation Authorization Bills
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On Thursday June 29th, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved with bipartisan support a bill to reauthorize federal aviation programs for four years. After the adoption of several amendments to a manger’s package,

Trump Administration Releases Complete FY’18 Budget
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Trump Administration Releases Complete FY’18 Budget The Trump Administration released their much anticipated budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018.  Budget requests include: cutting DOT spending by 13% to $16.2B; eliminating the TIGER grant program; ending funding for long-haul Amtrak routes … Read More

President-Elect Trump Taps Former Labor Secretary to Head US DOT
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Secretary-Designate Elaine Chao Will Execute Trump Infrastructure Plan President-elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary

The Rep. Fitzpatrick Amendment To The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Should Be Opposed
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Rep. Fitzpatrick has filed an amendment with the House Rules Committee that would define veteran-owned small businesses as “disadvantaged business enterprises” or “DBEs”.  While efforts to support the entrepreneurial efforts of former service members are very worthwhile, defining veteran owned … Read More

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Today's Air Traffic Report:

Thunderstorms could slow flights from the Midwest to Florida this morning, with delays possible in Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Jacksonville (JAX). Afternoon storms could affect schedules in Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (MDW, ORD). Low clouds may lead to some delays in Philadelphia (PHL) and San Francisco (SFO), while heavy volume is expected in the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA). Clouds, rain and potential thunderstorms later this afternoon may affect air show festivities at AirVenture in Oshkosh (OSH).

Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.

For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.

The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.

Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

Posted: July 26, 2017, 1:59 pm

July 14 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) met with members of the aviation community earlier this week to share data on new standards the agency developed to improve safety at U.S. airports during inclement weather.

Since the implementation of theTakeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) recommendations on October 1, 2016, a more standardized method of reporting runway conditions has produced significant safety improvements.Airport and aircraft operators now share common criteria when they communicate airport conditions and runway friction.The new reporting method includes standardized terminology and a streamlined reporting format that are used for all airport or aircraft operations across the U.S.

The FAA introduced TALPA last October to reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather. U.S. airports, air carrier flight crews, dispatchers, general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers began using the new TALPA standards that month. Earlier this week, the FAA presented an analysis of the first winter season of TALPA use that incorporated field condition Notices to Airman (NOTAMS) published between October 2016 and April 2017. During the meetings, industry provided valuable feedback.

The participants discussed best practices for using the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM) to assess and report field conditions via the NOTAM system. RCAM translates runway contaminants into a condition reporting format that can be used to determine estimated braking action so that airport and aircraft operators can make more informed and safer operational decisions. The forum gave the FAA and industry an opportunity to discuss how to improve the TALPA process for future winter seasons.

Posted: July 15, 2017, 12:23 am

SINGAPOREThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed a milestone Maintenance Agreement Guidance (MAG) yesterday with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The agreement allows for mutual surveillance conducted on certified repair stations located abroad for each of the agreement partners.

It provides guidance for the implementation of the previously agreed-upon Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP). In cases where there are sufficient certificated facilities in both partner countries, MIPs may reduce the number of surveillance activities, free up inspector resources for the authorities, and reduce the regulatory burden on industry. There are 58 FAA-approved repair stations located in Singapore.

The MAG furthers the MIP agreement signed by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and CAAS on February 16, 2016. That agreement was the first of its kind in Asia and reduces costs by allowing the reciprocal acceptance of Singapore and the United States surveillance of maintenance work.

The MIP and MAG permits reliance on each others surveillance systems to the greatest extent possible while maintaining safety. Agreements such as the MIP allow for greater efficiency and ultimately save valuable industry and authority resources. The FAA and the CAAS have agreed to conduct surveillance on each others behalf to ensure compliance with the respective regulatory requirements for maintenance and the applicable Special Conditions. Both agreements build on the 2004 U.S-Singapore Bilateral Safety Agreement (BASA) which has benefitted both countries by saving time and reducing costs in aircraft design and manufacturing.

FAA Assistant Administrator for NextGen James Eck and Executive Director for International Affairs Carey Fagan are participating in the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum this week in Singapore as part of the agencys continued collaboration with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states.

As part of the strong U.S.-Singapore bilateral relationship, the FAA and the CAAS also partner under Singapores Air Traffic Management Center of Excellence to expand understanding and build Air Traffic Management capacity in the region.

Posted: July 13, 2017, 7:27 pm

July 6- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will be accepting applications from candidates for entry-level air traffic controller positions starting tomorrow, from July 7-14, 2017.

The job vacancy announcement for the highly competitive position of Air Traffic Control Specialist (Trainee) will be available on the federal governments official job site, USAJOBS.gov.This announcement is expected to be open for seven days, and the agency is projecting to fill 1,400 positions.If you are interested in applying, log on to USAJOBS and apply prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.All applicants must meet minimum qualifications and other eligibility requirements.

Applicants will be separated into two pools of candidates. Pool 1 will include graduates of an institution participating in the Collegiate Training Initiative program who provide an appropriate recommendation, as well as eligible veterans.Individuals who qualify for Pool 1 are not required to take a biographical assessment. Pool 2 includes the general public.

Air Traffic Control Specialists are responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of air traffic through the nation's airspace. Trainees spend their first several months of employment in an intensive training program at the FAA Academy located in Oklahoma City, OK, and continue their training once they are placed at a facility. Developmental controllers receive a wide range of training in controlling and separating live air traffic within designated airspace at and around an air traffic control tower or radar approach control facility, or an air route traffic control center.

Learn more about the air traffic controller profession, as well as an overview of the day-to-day work, on our aviation careers page.

Posted: July 6, 2017, 1:29 pm

 

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