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Training and Workforce

Oklahoma City: The National Airspace System's 'Treasure'

The Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center is the intersection of all things aviation
students at FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC)

Paving the Way for a Controller Ramp-up

With the numbers ebbing, the FAA is working to build up its controller workforce
ATC tower

How WAAS Turned into a Must-have System

Once the subject of criticism, WAAS is on the majority of general aviation aircraft
WAAS locations (Image: the FAA)

Getting To Yes on CPDLC

The FAA has taken concrete steps to enable use of CPDLC by more business jets, but it still needs to establish performance criteria.
Garmin cockpit

Leesburg Moving On from Its Remote Tower

The town of Leesburg, Virginia will use an FAA mobile tower to temporarily replace the remote tower that had operated at Leesburg Executive Airport.
Aerial view of Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia

FAA Regrouping on Remote Towers

As Europe and other parts of the world expand their use of remote-tower technologies, the FAA is pulling back and halting such projects at two airports.
Heathrow remote tower

En Route CPDLC to Reopen for New Business Jets

The FAA plans to allow business and general aviation aircraft to resume using enroute CPDLC by August 31.
Aerial view of Gulfstream G650ER in flight over ocean

Colorado Airport's Remote Tower on Life Support

A remote tower project at Northern Colorado Regional Airport is in limbo after the FAA changed the process to certify the equipment.
remote tower at Northern Colorado Regional Airport