December 1, 2015

Great Lakes asks FAA for more plane seats


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Passengers who fly Great Lakes Airlines could see a big change if the Federal Aviation Administration approves a request from the Cheyenne-based regional carrier. Officials at Great Lakes Airlines want all 19 passenger seats aboard their Beechcraft 1900D turboprops available for use. Only nine passenger seats are available on each aircraft now. [...]

County backs flight rule change

Great Lakes airplane

Scotts Bluff County has joined Gering in requesting the Federal Aviation Administration change its regulation that increases the number of flying hours pilots must have for commercial flights. In 2013, the FAA increased the number of flight hours are required to fly larger aircraft from approximately 200 to 1,500. That has caused a shortage of [...]

House approves six-month FAA funding extension


The House approved a bill on Monday to extend federal aviation funding, which is currently set to expire on Wednesday, until March 2016.  The measure, introduced on Friday by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R – Pa.), was approved by the lower chamber on a voice vote Monday afternoon in an effort [...]

Senate bill extends FAA funding for six months


The Senate’s bill to prevent a government shutdown on Oct. 1 would extend federal aviation funding for six months.  The measure, which was released by Senate appropriators on Tuesday, Sept. 22, contains language that would extend the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) funding until March 31, 2016.  The FAA’s previous appropriations measure, which includes funding for [...]

FAA: drones flew near four planes in three days


Crew members on three commercial flights arriving in New York over the weekend spotted drones near their planes while approaching the airport. A small plane was also forced to change direction to avoid a drone in southern New Jersey on Sunday. Aviation experts said such incidents present a clear safety concern that warrants more attention amid growing interest in unmanned aircraft systems, or [...]

Secretary Foxx says no to privatization of FAA


Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx threw cold water Wednesday, July 8, on a Republican plan to privatize large portions of the nation’s air traffic control system. House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is expected to call for the creation of a new non-governmental agency that would take over air traffic control from the Federal Aviation [...]

FAA: general aviation safety fact sheet


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry are working on a number of key initiatives to improve general aviation (GA) safety: the GA Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), NextGen is now for general aviation, the Fly Safe outreach campaign on Loss of Control, and the angle of attack (AOA) policy, which is simplifying the design approval requirements for [...]

FAA and airline officials in talks to prevent hacking


Federal officials and the airline industry are holding private meetings to deal with the potentially huge problem of airline hacking. It’s not just the public that’s terrified about hackers attacking airplanes. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration along with members of the airline industry are holding private meetings to discuss how to better protect airplanes—whether they [...]

FAA implements new airport safety program


The FAA has made significant progress in improving runway safety at U.S. airports over the past 15 years by working with other members of the aviation community on education, training, marking and lighting, standard runway safety areas, new technology and airfield improvements. The FAA plans to build on that success by working with airport sponsors [...]

FAA and industry will study pilot fitness


The FAA is working with the commercial aviation and medical communities to study the emotional and mental health of U.S. commercial pilots. The joint FAA and industry group known as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) recommended the study based on the recent Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525 accidents. The Pilot Fitness Aviation [...]