Message from Central Region Administrator Joe Miniace
Although the Congressional Outreach Season has come to an end, my team and I have not stopped working. We are currently planning for FY 2017 and how we can take our Congressional Outreach to new levels. We will be looking to each of you for your ideas, feedback as well as ways we can be more present in each of the four states that make up the FAA's Central Region. In FY2016 we more than doubled our outreach trips, meetings and events, and this year we hope to do even more!
A major part of our outreach efforts will be to increase education on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Laser Strike awareness - a new and important addition to our briefings. Because information on these topics is constantly being updated, we want to make sure we are sharing the latest news and assisting the community, law enforcement and our State Aviation Directors with whatever questions, issues or needs they might have.
As always my staff and I are here whenever you need us, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. And please continue to keep us updated on your events and news that we need to be aware of. Thanks and we will see you all soon!
Data Comm Now at Chicago O'Hare, Midway
The FAA is now helping to reduce or eliminate one source of delay at Chicago O’Hare and Midway through the use of Data Communications (Data Comm), part of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic control modernization. Data Comm will help reduce delays by making pilot-controller communications shorter and more accurate, which could help keep a plane in the departure line and on schedule. It is now operational at both of Chicago’s major airports.
Data Comm is expected to save operators more than $10 billion over the 30-year life cycle of the program and save the FAA about $1 billion in future operating costs.
FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose a serious threat to manned aviation safety. The FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research with state and local officials, and academia, to evaluate new technologies for detecting unmanned aircraft near airports. Recent field-testing at Denver International Airport was a major milestone in the development of minimum operational performance standards for drone detection at major airport and critical infrastructure locations.