Starting February 1, owners and operators of aircraft with “questionable registrations and/or no TSA-required security measures/waivers” might be denied access to the National Airspace System.
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The FAA has reiterated its request that pilots submit information on wake turbulence encounters that occur in domestic RVSM airspace, including the U.S., offshore airspace and the San Juan flight information region, via the NASA-operated Aviation Safety Reporting System.
With some air traffic controllers already earning more than $200,000 annually, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey is digging in her heels during the agency’s current round of negotiations with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).
The company announced release of the Flight Explorer 6.0 software upgrade at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference last month.
Butler National subsidiary Avcon Industries has completed its first installation of its reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) solution for Learjet 35 and 36 airplanes. The Avcon Learjet 35/36 RVSM solution will allow airplanes to operate with reduced vertical spacing at altitudes of 29,000 feet through 41,000 feet. Avcon has received RVSM orders for delivery in the first quarter of this year.
Faced with the likelihood of the number of flights in Europe doubling to 17 million by 2020, the European Commission launched the ambitious Single European Sky (SES) ATM implementation program– now dubbed Sesar, replacing the former Sesame moniker.
The unit, which plugs into an AC power receptacle, is about the size of an automotive radar detector and contains an integral antenna and small display. XRX tracks up to 10 aircraft at a time and displays the top three threats. Unlike TIS-based systems, which rely on ground-based radar, XRX works independently of mode-C interrogation, displaying quadrant bearing information, relative altitude and range.
The FAA is making progress toward instituting a future Rnav and RNP (required navigation performance) environment across the National Airspace System (NAS), the agency told attendees at its recent annual new technologies workshop in Arlington, Va.
The call comes as the FAA released its draft environmental impact statement on its airspace redesign–a project involving 31,000 sq mi, five states and 21 major airports. Four redesign alternatives are under consideration, and the FAA will choose one after the public comment period ends on June 1. Workshops will be held throughout the five-state study area over the next three months.
To help pilots understand the complexities of today’s stricter airspace rules and reduce violations for operating in restricted airspace–particularly the special airspace in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area–the FAA has posted an online, self-administered training course at www. faasafety.gov/ALC. Pilots who complete the course and pass a 25-question test receive a certificate of completion.