Controllers at Memphis International Airport started sending text messages to FedEx Express pilots in mid-January under the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Data Communications (data comm) effort to replace voice communications for routine ATC instructions. Testers plan to expand the data comm trial to include United Airlines, FedEx and UPS aircraft at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey this summer.
Harrisburg International Airport
With yet another short-term extension of FAA funding, taxes and programs set to expire at the end of last month, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Air Transportation Association and NBAA joined in an ad that appeared in Politico, a Capitol Hill newspaper, urging Congress to pass FAA reauthorization now.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) in Pennsylvania. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected July 12. Comments are due March 14. For more information, contact the FAA in Harrisburg, Pa., at (717) 730-2832.