Federal Aviation Administration

March 30, 2007 - 1:09pm

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is calling on the Bush Administration to develop a vision for aeronautics similar to the one proposed recently by the President for space exploration.

“The most spectacular enhancements of life in the 21st century will be tied to discoveries made in research and development for aerospace,” said Clayton Jones, chairman, president and CEO of Rockwell Collins.

March 30, 2007 - 1:07pm

After a journey to the Far East that took them to Singapore, China and Japan, FAA brass returned home carrying amended bilateral aviation safety agreements with Singapore and China and news that the Japanese are planning to convert the current Nagoya Airport into a general aviation facility when the new Central Japan International Airport opens next year.

March 30, 2007 - 12:05pm

Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) in Vail, Colo., recently dedicated a new ATC tower, resulting from the efforts of Eagle County, the Colorado Division of Aeronautics and the FAA. Construction of the new tower, made possible in part by the FAA’s AIR-21 program, will support expanded airport operations that include five scheduled carriers at the terminal and customs clearance for international travelers.

March 30, 2007 - 11:06am

East Coast schedulers and dispatchers should be aware that the FAA is anticipating record volumes of air traffic between Florida and the Northeast as spring approaches and is urging use of the offshore “snowbird routes.”

March 30, 2007 - 10:58am

Hoping to stave off aviation gridlock this summer, the FAA last month summoned 60 participants from major and regional airlines, pilot and employee representatives, industry associations and other organizations to develop a strategy to reduce system delays.

March 30, 2007 - 10:39am

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is strongly urging the FAA to require all air carrier, commuter and on-demand operators to have and implement FAA-approved mechanical training programs.

March 30, 2007 - 7:49am

If asked today for their views about automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), many pilots might respond that it was developed to meet the unique needs of single-engine commercial operators in remote areas such as Alaska, where only minimal ATC services were available. Alternatively, it was aimed at helping freighter pilots best position themselves in inbound traffic streams during “rush hour” operations around freight hubs.

March 30, 2007 - 7:48am

Although the FAA warned business jet operators that there was no way it could extend a January 1 deadline for installation of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs), the agency apparently did not make an effort to enforce the rule after hundreds failed to comply on time.

March 29, 2007 - 1:33pm

To anyone who hit the silk more than 30 years ago, the name Switlik Parachute is well known as a preeminent maker of the lifesaving devices. Founded in 1920, Switlik Parachute is still in business in Trenton, N.J. But old habits die hard, and the company whose name still ends with “Parachute” actually hasn’t made one since 1968.

March 29, 2007 - 1:25pm

While the Aerospace Industries Association calls for more money for aeronautics research and development, the Bush White House wants a NASA budget that would slash funding for this type of work.

 
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