Need an IFR Clearance by Phone?

As part of the Flight Service modernization initiative, the FAA is streamlining the process for pilots to obtain IFR clearances directly from certain Terminal facilities. This new process will eliminate the need for Flight Service to relay clearances. It will increase efficiency and reduce the risk of potential errors. In the April 27 edition of […]

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FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems at DFW

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its partners are conducting detection research on unmanned aircraft (UAS) – popularly called drones – at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The DFW evaluation is the latest in a series of detection system evaluations that began in February 2016. Previous evaluations took place at Atlantic City International […]

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FAA Announces Plans for Industry Working Group to Study Portable Electronics Usage

Given the widespread consumer use of portable electronic devices (PEDs), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is forming a government-industry group to study the current PED policies and procedures aircraft operators use to determine when these devices can be used safely during flight.  Current FAA regulations require an aircraft operator to determine that radio frequency interference […]

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BTS Releases January 2012 Airline Traffic Data; System Traffic Up 1.1 Percent from January 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines carried 54.3 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in January 2012, 1.3 percent more domestic passengers and 0.4 percent fewer international passengers than in January 2011. These changes resulted in a systemwide increase of 1.1 percent in passengers from January […]

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“Safety is on My Plate”

Remarks prepared for J. Randolph Babbitt to the Regional Airline Association on November 10th. Washington D.C. – Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me, Roger [Cohen]. You’ve asked me to share what’s on my plate or what’s on my mind, and today, there’s no doubt that the answer to both of those questions is […]

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“Safety is the Common Thread”

Remarks by J. Randolph Babbitt prepared for NATA Roundtable on November 9, 2009.   Washington D.C. – Good afternoon, and thank you, Jim [Coyne], for inviting me. I appreciate the opportunity to come speak to you today. Candidly, I’ve got some real concerns about safety, and we need to discuss these in an open forum. […]

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“Secrets and Safety Don’t Mix”

J. Randolph Babbitt, Orlando, FL October 21, 2009 NBAA Remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning, and thank you, Ed [Bolen], for the invitation. I just got back from Osaka and Beijing on Friday, and for good measure threw in a 24-hour trip to and from Las Vegas to speak to some FAA managers yesterday. […]

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