Federal Aviation Administration

September 29, 2014 - 12:10pm

A fire, thought to have been started by an arsonist, early in the morning on September 26 immediately closed the Chicago En Route ATC Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill., shutting down air traffic at Chicago O’Hare and Midway International airports, as well as at a half dozen business aviation airports in the area. A Chicago flight services briefer told AIN on September 27 that ZAU will remain closed until September 30.

The Professional Airways Safety Specialists union described the damage to the center’s equipment as “substantial.”

September 29, 2014 - 12:00pm

The FAA’s September 26 approval of a half dozen exemptions for some TV and film production companies to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) stopped just short of complete approval of those operations in the national airspace system. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the UAS to be used in the proposed operations do not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness because they do not pose a threat to national airspace users or national security.

September 25, 2014 - 3:28pm

The comment deadline has been extended 90 days, from October 8 to January 6, on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in July that seeks to amend qualification standards for some flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), specifically those capable of reproducing extended flight envelope and adverse weather training.

September 22, 2014 - 12:15pm

The FAA granted the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority category-one safety status last week after conducting inspections to ICAO standards of the country’s aviation infrastructure and regulatory framework. The new status will allow Ethiopian carriers direct access to the U.S. from Africa.

September 18, 2014 - 2:40pm

The FAA has received more than 2,000 comments about its proposed policy regarding the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars. In response to the flood of comments and extension requests from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and others, the FAA extended until October 6 the comment period for the proposal, which states that hangars are to be used only for storage or maintenance of aircraft.

September 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

The FAA Van Nuys FSDO has named Dukes Aerospace of Northridge, Calif., in an Unapproved Parts Notification advising “all aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, maintenance organizations, and parts suppliers and distributors regarding improper maintenance performed on aircraft components.”

September 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

The FAA is proposing a $425,000 civil penalty against Gulfstream Aerospace for failing to comply with training-related FARs. The penalty, announced by the agency on September 16, was the result of inspections conducted in November 2009 and March 2010. At that time the FAA determined some Gulfstream mechanics did not complete required training within time limits required in its FAA-approved training manual and that they missed numerous training deadlines.

September 15, 2014 - 11:36am

Pilots of aircraft approaching the Washington, D.C., area were again reminded on September 11 of the opportunity to fly one of two NextGen arrival procedures created to commemorate the 9/11 attacks on the nation’s capital in 2001. The arrivals also pay tribute to members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. According

September 11, 2014 - 2:40pm

The FAA extended until October 6 the comment period for its proposal to clarify the agency’s policy that hangars are to be used only for storage or maintenance of aircraft. Compliance inspections have found that some hangars are “routinely used” to store vehicles and large household items. “In some cases, this storage interferes with, or entirely displaces, aeronautical use of the hangar,” the FAA said.

September 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

The FAA selected four unleaded aviation fuels yesterday for the first phase of testing at the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center. The goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel ready for general aviation use by 2018. Shell and Total, with one fuel each, and Swift Fuels, with two fuels, will now work with the FAA on phase-one testing, which will begin this fall and conclude later next year.

 
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