Entries by Brian Sullivan

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Infrastructure & Transportation, News, Politics All Eyes on Senate After Resounding House Passage of FAA Bill

April 30, 2018 Shaun Courtney House passage of Federal Aviation Administration legislation with strong bipartisan support may help press the Senate to move its own measure. The FAA bill (H.R. 4), passed 393 to 13 today, would reauthorize the agency’s drone test ranges, expand its noise mitigation work and bar airlines from bumping passengers involuntarily from flights […]

Congress Unveils Amendments to FAA Reauthorization Bill

The United States House of Congress filed several amendments for the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill Thursday, including a focus on pet-transport standards in the airline industry. After Congress delayed the FAA reauthorization twice over the last year, the new deadline has been set to approve the long-term extension by September 30. Before the deadline, members of the House […]

Long-Term FAA Reauthorization Bill Introduced in House

By: AJOT | Apr 16 2018 at 07:10 AM | Air Cargo News Washington, D.C. – Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today introduced the bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), a five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, […]