SEA’s Take: NextGen and the March towards Progress

by Joe Braddock The FAA recently released a list of more than 700 VOR and NDB instrument approach procedures that it proposes to cancel as the move towards the NextGen satellite-based air traffic system continues.  The FAA has set targets to reduce the number of operating VORs from 967 to 500 by the year 2020 according to the … More SEA’s Take: NextGen and the March towards Progress

ADS-B Field Approvals and Equipment Compatibility

Some questions in reference to certifying ADS-B Out in an aircraft via field approval seem to arise every now and then.  While most equipment OEMs attempt to obtain Approved Model Lists (AML) for their STCs, some aircraft operators and maintenance providers may attempt to seek ADS-B approval by installing GPS receivers with transponders that have … More ADS-B Field Approvals and Equipment Compatibility

FAA Publishes Repair Station Final Rule | AEA.net

As published by AEA.net on 8/12/14 – In a very public win, the Federal Aviation Administration published its final rule that dropped the changes to the repair station rating system and retained only the authority to deny an application for a new repair station certificate if the applicant or certain associated key individuals had materially … More FAA Publishes Repair Station Final Rule | AEA.net

FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights over Land

Surveys Will Check Pipelines, Infrastructure on Alaska North Slope WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in  Alaska—the first time the FAA has authorized a commercial UAS operation over … More FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights over Land

FAA Completes Nationwide Equipment Installation for NextGen Aircraft Tracking System

Earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the completion of a nationwide infrastructure upgrade that will enable air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability, while giving pilots more information in the cockpit. This upgrade is a key improvement in the Next Generation Air Transportation System. “This upgrade is an important … More FAA Completes Nationwide Equipment Installation for NextGen Aircraft Tracking System

AEA Praises Congressional Passage of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 – AEA

Legislation Reflects Part 23 ARC Efforts LEE’S SUMMIT, MO., Nov. 15, 2013 — On Thursday, Nov. 14, the U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval to the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013. Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced H.R. 1848 May 7, which passed unanimously by a 411-0 vote in July. A similar bill, S. 1072, was introduced by … More AEA Praises Congressional Passage of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 – AEA

FAA to Allow iPhones, Kindles, PEDs During Takeoff and Landing – Condé Nast Traveler

It’s official after months of waiting, and a delay caused by the government shutdown, the FAA is giving fliers an early holiday gift: They’ll likely be able to read an e-book or listen to music in their iPod without having to power down before takeoff—probably by the end of the year. The much anticipated announcement … More FAA to Allow iPhones, Kindles, PEDs During Takeoff and Landing – Condé Nast Traveler