The FAA plans to help the nations of the Caribbean grow their aviation competence and responsibilities over a period of ten years, which is a challenge for both the Bahamas government and the FAA to develop the human resources and technology.Read More
Hawai‘i Island’s Kona International Airport has officially been changed to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, in honor of the Challenger astronaut who grew up in Kealakekua. Now, the 20,000,000 passengers of KOA will be made aware of Ellison Onizuka and that increased visibility might well bring new candidates to STEM programs.
The FAA issued a settlement of the landmark FAA UAS enforcement case against SkyPan. The initial demand for almost $2,000,000 was reduced to basically $200,000, which suggests that SkyPan’s arguments have some merit.
There is a need for a realistic contingency plan, and the FAA acknowledged that it still has work to do, but without more explanation, it is a BIG STRETCH to claim that this deficiency proves that privatization is needed.
It appears a new approach should be tried in solving the recent passenger gun problem. Safety risk assessment (SRA) uses a risk based methodology to examine the range of risks encountered every day and using the risk and hazard process.
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Rep. Liue’s language insinuates that Administrator Huerta and Eduardo Angeles, the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, are bidding for private concerns. Here are the precise words: “The FAA’s mission is not to be a shill for corporations. I call on the FAA to live up to its mission by rescinding its overreaching order and, instead, work with the city of Santa Monica.”
It might be time for the Administrator and the Federal Air Surgeon to reconsider the standards, processes and positions on the 3rd Class Medical issues. The recent 0-3 record should merit a Stand Down with the Administrator and the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety to assess whether these three cases are indicative of broader issues.
The FAA issued a very short press release on its issuance of its Final Rule on the 3rd Class Medical Certificate. As with so much in Washington, what agency states in the issuance of a rule and what was truly behind it may have some degrees of variance.