Western Pacific Region faa Congressional Interest Newsletter - FY2017 - WINTER

Message from Regional Administrator Glen Martin

I have good news to share about offshore helicopter routes in Los Angeles. The FAA recently published an updated Los Angeles Helicopter Route Chart to include notations for "Offshore Routes" for rotorcraft traffic 750 feet from the coastline. The three Offshore Routes include the Palisades, the South Bay, and the Coast routes. The Palisades route flows from Pt. Mugu to Palisades Park, the South Bay route flows from Manhattan Beach to the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater, and the Coast route flows from Long Beach to Camp Pendleton.

The routes were developed in consultation with local stakeholders to address noise impacts within Los Angeles County. We worked closely with helicopter operators to obtain their commitments to use the routes. I look forward to the new routes resulting in a positive change for the local communities.

The most satisfactory and widely accepted noise abatement measures are those developed by engaged stakeholders and the FAA at the local level. The Los Angeles Helicopter Offshore Routes are testimony to a viable process in finding solutions for noise abatement measures. The FAA is committed to continue supporting local stakeholder proposals and ideas to address all helicopter community noise concerns.

Upcoming Events

FAA/National Association of State Aviation Officials Quarterly Meeting - February 1, 2017

Southern California Congressional Forum - February TBD

Contact Larri Frelow at 310-725-3804 for more information.

Community Engagement Video Series

The following video provides a basic explanation of how the Air Traffic Control system works, based on the airspace configuration in Southern California:

New Departure Procedure at San Diego Airport

This video animation provides additional information on the new departure procedure at San Diego International Airport.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Outreach

Attention holiday drone shoppers: Fly smart this holiday season and all year long.

Controllers Save Lives

Listen to an air traffic audio recording of Jacksonville controller Dwayne McLean as he aided the pilot of a single-engine airplane struggling to maintain orientation in heavy cloud cover on Sept. 4.

NextGen at FedEx

Small seconds can make a big difference during the busy holiday package season. Dan Allen, managing director of flight technical and regulatory compliance at FedEx Express, describes benefits his company is experiencing through the use of three of FAA's NextGen technologies: Wake Recategorization, Optimized Profile Descents, and Data Communications.

ADS-B Rebate Program for General Aviation Aircraft Owners

Watch a video overview of the ADS-B Rebate Program Process and the five simple steps to claiming $500: Decide, Reserve, Install, Fly & Validate, and Claim:

Aeromedical Advisory: The Big Question

by Dr. James Fraser, FAA Federal Air Surgeon

The FAA Extension Act of 2016, with its provisions for medical certification relief, was signed by President Obama on July 15. When the law was signed, we immediately assigned a team to work on sorting out the details so we could write a rule that complies with the legislation and meets the required timeline.

Honolulu (HNL) Runway Safety Outreach

Runway operations seem routine, but every pilot knows that accidents can happen on the ground just as easily as in the air. By increasing awareness of the challenges pilots face on a complicated runway configuration like Honolulu International Airport (HNL), other pilots who may never fly in Hawaii will gain a better understanding of how to avoid runway incursions at their local airports.

Space Data Integrator

The Office of Commercial Space Transportation is testing the Space Data Integrator a tool to help reduce the size and time airspace must be closed for space launch and reentry operations.

The Space Data Integrator builds a flight plan based on launch and re-entry trajectories provided by the space operator. Once the mission begins, the operator constantly feeds flight data such as latitude, longitude, speed and altitude from the space vehicle’s telemetry system into the SDI via the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center.

New Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards

This innovative rule will reduce the time it takes to move safety enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace and will also reduce costs for the aviation industry.

"The FAA’s rule replaces prescriptive design requirements with performance-based standards, which will reduce costs and leverage innovation without sacrificing safety.” - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

FAA’s new Part 23 rule (PDF) establishes performance-based standards for airplanes that weigh less than 19,000 pounds with 19 or fewer seats and recognizes consensus-based compliance methods for specific designs and technologies. It also adds new certification standards to address general aviation loss of control accidents and in-flight icing conditions.

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