News and Updates – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from the FAA

Learn more about FAA regulatory relief and guidance issued to help address the effects of COVID-19 on aviation.

News and Updates – FAA Projections Show Strong U.S. Air Travel Demand

NOTE: The FAA prepared this data before COVID-19 restrictions were placed on air travel to, from, and within the United States.

WASHINGTON Commercial air travel passenger levels grew 4.2 percent on U.S. airlines in the last fiscal year (FY), from 780 million in FY 2018 to 813.3 million in FY 2019, according to The Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) Aerospace Forecast FY 2020-2040 released today.

Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are the industry standard for measuring air travel demand. An RPM represents one paying passenger traveling one mile. Domestic RPMs by mainline (large) and regional air carriers increased 4.5 percent, from 719.8 billion 752.2 billion. In the United States, RPMs are projected to increase an average of 2.2 percent per year during the 20-year forecast period.

Increase in FAA workloads will coincide with the growth in air travel. According to the agencys forecast, total operations (landings and take-offs) at air traffic control towers will increase from 53 million in 2019, grow at an annual rate of 0.94 percent, and reach nearly 64 million in 2040.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FAA are meeting the growth in air travel with robust infrastructure investments through Airport Improvement Program grants. In addition, the FAA is deploying satellite-based, air traffic modernization technologies and procedures that are enhancing safety while improving the efficiency of the nations airspace system.

The forecast also provides data on the projected five-year growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones. The FAA projects the small/model recreational fleet will grow from 1.32 million aircraft in 2019 to 1.48 million in 2024, an average annual growth rate of 2.2 percent. The small/commercial UAS fleet is forecast to grow from 385,450 in 2019 to 828,337 in 2024, an annual growth rate of 17 percent.

Another rapidly growing aerospace sector is commercial space transportation. The FAA, which licenses and regulates this industry, projects that commercial space launch and re-entry operations will increase from 32 in 2019 to an estimated 40 to 56 in 2021.

The FAA forecast is the industry-wide standard of measuring U.S. aviation-related activities. The agency uses data, trends and other factors to develop the forecast, including generally accepted economic projections and information that airlines send to the DOT. The scope of the report looks at all facets of aerospace including commercial airlines, air cargo, general aviation, drones and commercial space transportation.

To learn more about the projected growth in aviation, an Aerospace Forecast fact sheet is also available.

News and Updates – FAA to Implement Denver Metroplex Project This Week

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is implementing the Denver Metroplex project on March 26, 2020.

The comprehensive project will use satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. It includes 29 new routes and modifications to 15 existing routes.

Community involvement was a critical part of the projects environmental process. Prior to issuing the Final Environmental Assessment (EA), the FAA held a total of 24 public workshops and conducted approximately 78 briefings for community groups, airport officials and local, state and federal officials. The agency also evaluated more than 1,800 public comments.

After the FAA implements the new procedures, some flight track dispersion will continue to occur as it does today. Additionally, air traffic controllers will continue to sometimes vector aircraft for safety or efficiency reasons or to reroute them around weather systems.

The FAA completed the environmental process and issued the Finding of No Significant Impact-Record of Decision for the Denver Metroplex project on Jan. 24, 2020.

News and Updates – Aunque los lseres son pequeos, su impacto para pilotos es enorme!

WASHINGTONLa Administracin Federal de Aviacin (FAA) se mantiene alerta para dar a conocer el mal uso de los lseres cuando se apuntan hacia los aviones. La FAA registr ms de 6,000 incidentes en 2019, en comparacin con 5,663 reportados en 2018.

Aunque es divertido jugar con los punteros lser, los lseres pueden ser peligrosos cuando se apuntan hacia el cielo. Los lseres son apropiados en el saln de clase o en el lugar de trabajo, pero no cerca de las nubes. Los lseres que apuntan descuidadamente representan una amenaza para la seguridad de los pilotos.

La FAA y las agencias de aplicacin de la ley continan informando al pblico sobre los peligros que representan los lseres y las consecuencias legales. Vea nuestro video sobre los peligros de los lseres y para obtener informacin adicional, consulte nuestra hoja informativa.

News and Updates – While a Laser is Small in Size, its Impact on Pilots is Huge!

WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) remains vigilant in bringing awareness to the misuse of lasers when pointed towards aircraft. The FAA recorded more than 6,000 incidents in 2019, compared to 5,663 reports in 2018.

Although laser pointers are fun to play with, lasers can be dangerous when pointed towards the sky. Lasers are appropriate in classrooms or in the workplace, but not near the clouds. Negligently aiming lasers pose a safety threat to pilots.

The FAA and law enforcement agencies continue to inform the public of the dangers posed by lasers,and the legal consequences. Please see ourvideoabout the dangers of lasers and for additional information, see ourfact sheet.