Tag: Federal Aviation Administration

UPS Tests Residential Delivery Via Drone Launched From Car

Reading Time: 3 minutes UPS announced today that it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of a UPS® package car, autonomously delivers a package to a home and then returns to the vehicle while the delivery driver continues along the route to make a separate delivery. UPS conducted the test on Monday in Tampa, Fla. […]

Delta Grounds US Flights Over Computer Problems

Reading Time: < 1 minute Delta Air Lines, one of the largest US carriers, temporarily grounded its domestic flights in the United States on Sunday over a computer glitch that did not impact planes already in the air. “Delta teams are expeditiously working to fix a systems outage that has resulted in departure delays for flights on the ground,” the […]

US Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers Shifting to Text Messaging

Reading Time: 3 minutes Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation’s busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration. Controllers and pilots will […]

Aviation Trust Fund Losing Billions Because Of Fuel Fraud Law

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Aviation Trust Fund has lost between $1 billion and $2 billion since the enactment of a 2005 law that was designed to prevent fuel fraud, according to a new watchdog report. In last year’s surface transportation bill, Congress directed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study how much jet fuel tax revenue has been […]

LAX Gets $4m FAA Grant For Project To Reduce Airport Ground Emissions

Reading Time: < 1 minute Los Angeles International Airport will receive a federal grant of about $4 million for a project that reduces airport ground emissions. The city’s Board of Airport Commissioners voted to accept the Federal Aviation Administration grant as part of the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program, created by Congress in 2004 to help airports meet emissions requirements […]

New Drone Operational Rules Finalized by the FAA

Reading Time: 3 minutes On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The new rules will take effect in late August and affect drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are being used for purposes other than hobbyist operations. […]

New Air Traffic Towers Too Small For Old Tech

Reading Time: 3 minutes Two state-of-the-art airport towers due to go into operation this fall in San Francisco and Las Vegas will first need extensive remodeling to make room for technology that dates backs to the early days of air traffic control, according to union officials. The new rooms on top of the towers where controllers watch aircraft operations […]

FAA Approves A350 XWB for ‘Beyond 180 Minutes’ ETOPS

Reading Time: 2 minutes The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Airbus A350-900 for ETOPS* (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This approval means that when the first FAA-affiliated operators start to take delivery of their A350s in 2017 they will be able to serve new direct non-limiting routings, compared with a standard […]

The Evolution of Commercial Supersonic Passenger Jets

Reading Time: 6 minutes What is a supersonic aircraft? It is the plane that can fly faster than the speed of sound (768 mph/ 1,236 km/h), in aviation called ‘Mach 1’. Assuming that, the flight is supersonic when aircraft is flying faster than Mach 1 speed. Referring to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval, the fastest speed using ever […]

Near Miss For Lufthansa and Drone

Reading Time: 2 minutes The pilot of a Lufthansa passenger jumbo jet reported a drone aircraft nearly collided with the airliner on Friday on its landing approach to Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The close encounter between the wide-body, four-engine Airbus A380 and the drone occurred at about 1:30pm at an altitude of 5,000 […]