Latest FAA.gov News and Updates
  1. Want to be a Controller at the New York TRACON?

    The Federal Aviation Administration is accepting applications beginning June 19 through June 26 from people interested in becoming air traffic controllers at the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility in Westbury, N.Y.

    The announcement is open only to applicants who live within a 50-mile radius of Westbury. They must be U.S. citizens, speak English clearly, and be no older than 30 years of age (with limited exceptions). Applicants must have a combination of three years of education and/or work experience. They must also pass a medical examination, security investigation and FAA air traffic pre-employment tests.

    Accepted applicants will be trained at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    The New York TRACON manages aircraft flying to, from and over the New York metropolitan area, including the three major airports John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International as well as Teterboro and Long Island MacArthur.

    Active duty military members must provide documentation certifying that they expect to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the documentation is signed.

    Interested applicants should visitwww.usajobs.govto start building their applications orwww.faa.gov/Jobsfor more information about air traffic controllers.

  2. FAA Air Traffic Report

    Today's Air Traffic Report:

    Thunderstorms could delay flights in Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (MDW, ORD), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Houston (HOU, IAH), Philadelphia (PHL) and the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD). Low clouds may slow traffic this morning in San Francisco (SFO).

    Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Toolfrom the Aviation Weather Center.

    For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.

    The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.

    Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

  3. FAA Publishes Means to Comply with Part 23

    Last August, the final rule overhauling the Part 23 airworthiness standards for general aviation airplanes officially went into effect. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued 63 means of compliance (MOCs) for Part 23 that will foster faster installation of innovative, safety-enhancing technologies into small airplanes, while reducing costs for the aviation industry.

    On May 11, the FAA published a notice of availability in the Federal Register accepting 63 MOCs to Part 23 that are based on consensus standards published by ASTM International. The MOCs listed in the notice are an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply with the applicable regulations in Part 23, amendment 23-64, for normal category airplanes. The public comment period ends July 10.

    The FAA participated with industry and other stakeholders in developing these consensus standards. The agency accepted 46 of the ASTM consensus standards as MOCs without change; the other 17 MOCs are a combination of the ASTM standards and FAA changes.

    Accepting MOCsbased on consensus standardsto Part 23, amendment 23-64, is consistent with the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 and the FAAs stated intent in issuing the overhauled airworthiness rules

    A summary of MOCs accepted by this notice is available on the FAA website. Guidance for proposing additional means of compliance to Part 23 for FAA acceptance is provided in Advisory Circular 23.2010-1.

  4. FAA Establishes Restrictions on Drone Operations over DOJ and USCG Facilities

    At the request of federal security partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 99.7 Special Security Instructions to address concerns about drone operations over national security sensitive facilities by establishing temporary Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) specific flight restrictions.

    Information on the FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), which defines these restrictions, and all of the currently covered locations, can be found on our website.To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, this FAA website also provides an interactive map, downloadable geospatial data, and other important details. A link to these restrictions is also included in the FAAs B4UFLYmobile app.

    Additional, broader information regarding flying drones in the National Airspace System, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAAs UAS website.

    In cooperation with Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the FAA is establishing additional restrictions on drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of the following federal facilities:

    • United States Penitentiary (USP) Tucson near Tucson, AZ
    • USP Atwater near Atwater, CA
    • USP Victorville near Victorville, CA
    • USP Florence High near Florence, CO
    • USP Florence ADMAX near Florence, CO
    • USP Coleman I near Sumterville, FL
    • USP Coleman II near Sumterville, FL
    • USP Marion near Marion, IL
    • USP Terre Haute near Terre Haute, IN
    • USP Big Sandy near Inez, KY
    • USP McCreary near Pine Knot, KY
    • USP Pollock near Pollock, LA
    • USP Yazoo City near Yazoo City, MS
    • USP Allenwood near Allenwood, PA
    • USP Canaan near Waymart, PA
    • USP Lewisburg near Lewisburg, PA
    • USP Beaumont near Beaumont, TX
    • USP Lee near Pennington Gap, VA
    • USP Hazelton near Bruceton Mills, WV
    • United States Coast Guard (USCG) Baltimore Yard, MD
    • USCG Base Boston, MA
    • USCG Base Alameda, CA
    • USCG Base Los Angeles/Long Beach (LALB), CA
    • USCG Base Elizabeth City, NC
    • USCG Base Kodiak, AK
    • USCG Base Miami, FL
    • USCG Base Portsmouth, VA
    • USCG Base Seattle, WA
    • USCG Operations System Center (OSC) near Martinsburg, WV

    These changes, which have been highlighted by FAA NOTAM FDC 8/8653, are pending until they become effective on June 20. Note that there are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA.

    FDC 8/8653 FDC SECURITY SPECIAL SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS (SSI) PERTAINING TO UNMANNED ACFT SYSTEM (UAS) OPS OVER MULTIPLE LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE. THIS NOTAM SUPPLEMENTS FDC 7/7282, AND DESCRIBES THE CHANGES MADE TO THE UAS-SPECIFIC SSI AIRSPACE DEFINED BY FDC 7/7282 AND IMPLEMENTED PURSUANT TO 14 C.F.R. 99.7 FOR NATIONAL SECURITY SENSITIVE LOCATIONS. THESE CHANGES INCLUDE ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS REQUESTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE UPDATED LIST OF AFFECTED AIRSPACE AND ASSOCIATED PROTECTED LOCATIONS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ARE PROVIDED AT THE FOLLOWING FAA WEBSITE: HTTP://UAS.FAA.OPENDATA.ARCGIS.COM.

    SEE FDC 7/7282 FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION ON THESE SPECIAL SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS. 1806060400-1806200359

    This is the first time the Agency has placed specific flight restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or drones, over Federal Bureau of Prisons and US Coast Guard facilities. The FAA has placed similar flight restrictions over military installations that remain in place, as well as over ten Department of Interior facilities and seven Department of Energy facilities.

    Operators who violate the flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

    The FAA is continuing to consider additional requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS-specific flight restrictions using the agencys 99.7 authority as they are received. Additional changes to these restrictions will be announced by the FAA as appropriate.

  5. FAA Issues Final Environmental Assessment for Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact/ Record of Decision for the Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex project.

    The decision enables the agency to move forward with modernized, satellite-based procedures to replace dozens of existing, decades-old conventional air traffic control procedures. Travelers will benefit with safe and more efficient optimized routing through precise flight tracks that keep routes automatically separated. This in turn reduces the need for vectoring and controller-pilot workload.

    Prior to making the decision, the FAA conducted a thorough environmental assessment and held public meetings and stakeholder briefings. The agency also evaluated and responded to public comments.

    The FAA plans to phasing in the procedures, starting this month and continuing through September 2018. In all, the Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex project includes 71 new satellite-based procedures. This project is a key component of the FAAs Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and a nationwide effort to build the foundation for future safety and efficiency improvements.

    The project also expands the number of entry and exit points into and out of the Cleveland/Detroit airspace, which is like creating more on- and off-ramps in the sky. It includes two major airports and 10 satellite airports.

    The FAAs environmental analysis for the project calculated noise at locations throughout the study area. It showed the proposed action would not result in any significant noise increases under the National Environmental Policy Act. However, there would be a reportable noise increase that could potentially affect approximately 335 residents in the Sumpter Township, Wayne County, southwest of Detroit Metro Airport.

    The FAA held six public workshops on the project before releasing the Draft Environmental Assessment in November of 2017. Agency officials conducted approximately 78 briefings for stakeholders including community groups, airport officials and local, state and federal officials.

    Six additional workshops were held after the release of the Draft Environmental Assessment on November 10, 2017.

    Additionally, following a 30-day public comment period, the FAA evaluated and responded to comments before making a final decision on the project.

    When the Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex procedures are implemented, some people might see aircraft where they did not previously fly. This is because some air route changes will occur, and because satellite-based procedures create more concentrated flight paths than conventional procedures.

    Some people will experience slight noise decreases, some will see no changes, and some will experience small noise increases.

    Some flight track dispersion will continue to occur after the new procedures are implemented because the Metroplex project would not change a number of existing procedures. Also, air traffic controllers will need to occasionally vector aircraft for safety or efficiency reasons or to reroute them around weather systems.

    The Finding of No Significant Impact/ Record of Decision, as well as the Final Environmental Assessment, are available on theCleveland/Detroit Metroplex website, as well as local libraries. You may see them here:http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/cle_dtw_metroplex/cle_dtw_docs.html

    A complete list of libraries with electronic copies is available here: http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/cle_dtw_metroplex/cle_dtw_introduction.html

    Updates on procedure implementation dates will be provided on theproject website.