Entries by Brian Sullivan

Why airlines are happy settling for stability after high hopes at start of Trump administration

by Conor Shine and Tom Benning Dallas News: Oct 8, 2018 On Feb. 9, 2017, CEOs from the country’s largest airlines met with President Donald Trump at the White House, optimistic about advancing several of their priorities — from air traffic control reform to cracking down on unfair foreign competition — under the new administration. Twenty months […]

Kandahar World’s Busiest Single Runway Airport

Originally Published by Av.Stop.com This is an article from several years ago that demonstrates how our Midwest ATC team gets the job done! September 10, 2009, With the increase in forces in southern Afghanistan, Kandahar Airfield has become the busiest single-runway airport in the world. Peaking in late May at an estimated 5,500 flights per […]

Time Beginning To Run Short for Long-term FAA Bill

by Kerry Lynch – August 27, 2018, 10:12 AM AIN Online As time begins to run out on the FAA’s current authorization, prospects are increasing that Congress will pass another short-term extension with action on a full bill put off until after the November elections. The agency is currently operating on a short-term extension that […]

The role of automation in air traffic control

by Joe Baker A wave of automated technologies is helping make air traffic control operations safer and more efficient, but how exactly do these technologies work? Automation is hardly a new concept for the aviation industry. For several years, on-board datalink systems have transmitted aircraft information to ground control centres, while autopilot is routinely used […]

FAA CUTS COST OF TRAINING, PROFICIENCY

June 27, 2018 By Jim Moore The FAA on June 27 published a final rule that will allow broader use of technology to reduce the cost of flight training and maintaining proficiency without compromising safety. For years, AOPA has sought and supported these regulatory changes that are expected to save the general aviation community more […]

Privatization Fight Continues

By Russ Niles | June 18, 2018 To no one’s surprise, those in favor of splitting air traffic control from the FAA are busy planning their next move. After a last-minute grassroots lobbying effort blocked an amendment snuck into the FAA reauthorization bill passed last month that would have laid the legal groundwork for such […]

GAMA, AIA Urge Senate Leaders To Act on FAA Bill

by Kerry Lynch  – June 5, 2018, 11:31 AM The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) are urging the Senate leadership to bring the FAA reauthorization bill, S.1405, to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. The Senate Commerce Committee approved its version of the FAA reauthorization bill a year […]

FAA UPDATES AIRMAN CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

May 31, 2018 By AOPA Communications staff Student pilots and especially flight instructors will want to pay attention to new revisions to the FAA’s airman certification standards (ACS) for Private Pilot—Airplane, Instrument Rating—Airplane, Commercial Pilot—Airplane, and Remote Pilot—Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, effective June 11. The revisions, initially developed by the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Airman Certification System working […]

The FAA will have ‘zero tolerance’ for anything less safe than current standards when it comes to regulating flying cars

By Johana Bhuiyan@JMBooyah May 8, 2018, 10:09pm EDT Uber gathered industry experts, from regulators to private companies, to discuss the future of aviation as the ride-hail company sees it. Specifically, flying cars. Through its second-annual flying car summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Uber wanted to set the stage for what it hopes will be […]

FAA rolls out automated system for drone pilots to request airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun expanding use of an automated system that will help the agency eventually provide unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide “near real-time” processing of their airspace authorization requests. The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) helps to integrate drones into the airspace, providing operators “near real-time airspace authorizations” to fly […]