Eastern Region Congressional Interest Newsletter - FY2017 - Winter

Message from Eastern Region Administrator Carmine Gallo

One of the ways the FAA seeks to engage with local communities and address their concerns is by providing valuable information about agency activities. Public outreach allows us the opportunity to brief elected officials, their staff members and key stakeholders on agency initiatives.

On September 13, I participated in a panel discussion about Community Engagement at the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Conference in San Antonio, TX. I was there to draw upon existing FAA relationships and networks with local governments, airport authorities and elected officials to promote and participate in needed dialogue about agency initiatives, especially in locations where there is a potential for community noise concerns.

The demand for access to the National Airspace System is growing annually. On September 14, I attended the New York American Management Association (NYAMA) Conference in Hauppauge, NY, where I provided an update on NextGen and how the FAA is moving to accommodate this growth and change.

On September 28, we hosted the New York Metropolitan Congressional Forum here in the Eastern Regional Office, Jamaica, NY. Representatives from the offices of Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congresswoman Meng, Congresswoman Rice, Congressman Frelinghuysen, Congressman Donovan and Congressman Serrano joined us for a presentation on the 14 CFR Part 150 Noise Program.

On October 26, I held a meeting in Glen Head, NY, with Assemblyman Michael Montesano and his constituents to discuss Air Traffic 101 and the upcoming 14 CFR Part 150 Noise Program. These presentations provided public officials and community members with a wealth of information which was followed up by question and answer sessions to help clear up any concerns.

On October 27, I participated in an Open House at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Baltimore, MD. In attendance were representatives from the offices of Senator Cardin, Congressman Cummings, Congressman Sarbanes and Maryland House of Delegates Patrick Young.

Also in October, I held an OneDOT Meeting in New York City. Topics included an overview of the USDOT National Response Program and a RETREP Region II recap of the year. Each transportation mode provided a briefing on what’s current in their agency, what assistance can be provided and what is needed from the other modes.

Last but not least, as mentioned in September’s newsletter we continue to support Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in their 2016 Speaker Series, in Flushing, NY.

Wishing you all a very safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season!

MAA and FAA Hold Public Meeting on BWI

The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hosted an educational Open House on Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) aircraft procedures on October 27 at Lindale Middle School.

FAA officials participated in the Open House to listen to concerns from the public about aircraft noise and to provide information about changes to approach and departure flight paths at BWI.

The Open House is part of the FAA’s ongoing work with the MAA and Howard County officials to address noise concerns in the communities surrounding the airport. The FAA is sensitive to these concerns and is focused on developing ways to mitigate aircraft noise in the congested, complicated airspace over this densely-populated area.

The evening was structured to allow attendees to drop in at their convenience and talk one-on-one with FAA subject matter experts at workshop stations. These stations provided information on specific issues including departures on runways 15R and 28, arrivals on runway 33L, and the comprehensive environmental process the FAA is required to follow. Feedback forms allowed residents to express their comments and concerns in writing.

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.

The work in Denver is one of six technical evaluations scheduled over an 18-month period as part of the FAA’s Pathfinder Program for UAS Detection at Airports and Critical Infrastructure.

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

A few 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:

  1. Decide
  2. Reserve
  3. Install
  4. Fly & Validate
  5. 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.

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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