Alaskan Region faa Congressional Interest Newsletter - FY2017 - WINTER

Message from Regional Administrator Kerry Long

As we begin our winter flying season, and as I travel around our great state, our pilots have stories to tell about flying through tumultuous Alaskan weather. Thankfully, we have a state-of-the art Weather Camera Program within Alaska.

In case you missed some of the recent updates, now all of the FAA weather cameras have current condition images, clear day images and image direction sectional overlays, along with other relevant weather data. The website currently provides coverage of locations across Alaska and Canada. Over the next three years, the Weather Camera Program plans to expand to CONUS and Hawaii, to go along with an upgrade to the web page interface.

Views from Minx and Twin Islands, a map showing all Weather Camera locations and a typical camera installation.

We’ve added several new locations this year and we continue to look for locations to add to the list. Following recommendations from the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), and with funding from FAA's Flight Standards Office, in September we installed cameras at Minx Island and Twin Island so pilots can see up to the minute weather conditions before they fly. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Upcoming Events

LRSAT (FAI) - January 24

Alaska Air Carriers Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow - February 20-24

NextGen Flight 101

“Take off” on NextGen Flight 101 to see firsthand how the FAA has optimized communications, operations, and performance to deliver direct benefits to airlines, airport operations and the flying public. From ground operations to in flight communications, this NextGen experience illustrates how the FAA and its partners are changing the way we fly.

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 in deliveries 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 FAA 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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