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President-elect Trump nominates Secretary Elaine L. Chao for Secretary of Transportation. Here are some Hill and Industry thoughts on her amazing career.
Several articles have suggested that the TFR issued to prohibit aircraft from flying over Standing Rock was an independent exercise of jurisdiction by the FAA. FAA did issue a NOTAM to prohibit aircraft from flying over this site, but probable cause does not equal liability.
Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center signed a contract with ATS World Wide to develop a revolutionary way for planes to taxi. The new Airplane Transporting System (ATS) will maneuver vehicles using underground track mechanisms.
The FTA and the FAA are collaborating on using Safety Management Systems (SMS) on all future FTA projects. SMS is the basis of the FTA Safety Program using data to proactively identify, avoid and mitigate risks to safety. The lessons of the FAA and SMS should migrate beyond the FTA.
Washington State aviation associations are proposing $40 aviation license plates. $12 would cover licensing fees and the remaining $28 would support aviation-specific initiatives such as airport infrastructure, economic development and statewide aviation awareness.
FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive proposing to terminate the use and installation of ADS-B transceivers manufactured by NavWorx, which will remove one of the low-cost options in FAA’s critical NextGen implementation schedule. Unfortunately, NavWorx is resisting to cooperate to establish airworthiness.
On November 14, Alaska Airlines used wood as a source of fuel for a cross-country flight. The plane used a 20% blend of aviation biofuel chemically indistinguishable from regular jet fuel.
A 50 page “toolkit” was issued by the US DoT, OIG soon after the election. The President-elect may not have much OIG experience or knowledge, but the aviation experts on his Transition Team do. That raises the obvious question: WHY?
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In a sea of dehumanized agencies, one has set itself apart. The FAA is the only government agency to have its own theme song.
The Trump Transition Team selected Shirley Ybarra to organize the appointments in the Transportation Department. Her abilities should result in some stellar selections.
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) systems are not new to airlines, but these state-of-the-art tablets will deliver enhanced functionality, greater safety and stronger cybersecurity. What is particularly encouraging is that this innovation was neither the push nor the pull of any FAR or proposed rule.
A review of NTSB’s Most Wanted List 2017-2018, which highlights the issues the Board deems to be the most important safety concerns. A substantive safety tool the aviation industry might benefit from, but more could have been included.
Two stories of how aviation can and should be aware of its broader positive “Think Globally, Act Locally” contributions. With that vision, these local actions have been supportive of airplanes and airports to these cities.