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News and Updates – FAA Statement on Boeing 737 Max

3/12/19 6:10pm Update

Statement from Acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell

The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX.Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action.In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.


3/11/19 6:00pm Update

The FAA has issued a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) related to the Boeing 737-8 and Boeing 737-9 (737 MAX) fleet.


3/11/19 3:15pm Update

An FAA team is on-site with the NTSB in its investigation of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.We are collecting data and keeping in contact with international civil aviation authorities as information becomes available.Today, the FAA will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) for Boeing 737 MAX operators. The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft. If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.

News and Updates – Aerospace Pact Lowers Fees on U.S. Companies and Opens European Access to U.S. Markets

During a meeting between the co-chairs of the Bilateral Oversight Board (BOB) at the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the officials with FAA and the European Union (EU) signed two decisions associated with the Airworthiness Annex of the U.S./EU Safety Agreement.

The first decision, Bilateral Oversight Board (BOB) Decision 0008-0001, enables reductions of the EUs European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) fees for validation of U.S. aerospace products. This achievement is the culmination of a multi-year effort to reduce duplication of efforts by the FAA and EASA, and to lower EASA fees on U.S. industry to be more commensurate with that reduced level of effort. The decision covers simple design modifications such as Basic Supplemental Type Certificates. Fee reductions will take effect 30 days from todays signing.

The second decision, BOB Decision 0009, amends the U.S./EU Safety Agreement to remove country specific limitations associated with aeronautical products and parts eligible for import into the United States. This amendment treats all EU Member States equally under the agreement and recognizes EASAs oversight and standardization processes throughout their jurisdiction.

The FAA is fully committed to mutually working together with our international partners to improve aviation oversight and management, said FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety and BOB Co-chair Ali Bahrami. These agreements are a win, win for both the United States and Europe by providing greater access to aerospace markets, products and services.

Director for Aviation, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and BOB Co-chair Filip Cornelis said, Closer cooperation between the European and the US aviation safety oversight bodies brings clear benefits to both sides of the Atlantic. These agreements will facilitate the work of both the European and the US manufacturing sectors and help us maintain the highest aviation safety records in the world.

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News and Updates – Important Update for B4UFLY Users

FAA partners with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY to further our safety mission and create a new and improved mobile app.

News and Updates – FAA Changes Environmental Review of CLT Runway

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to convert the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new runway and other projects at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) to an Environmental Assessment (EA). A major change to the length of the proposed new runway and the resulting decrease in potential significant environmental impacts prompted the decision.

In October 2018, the FAA completed a Runway Length Analysis as part of the EIS process. The analysis determined that a shorter runway length of 10,000 feet is adequate to accommodate aircraft that will operate at the airport in the future. The original proposed runway length was 12,000 feet.

The EA also will cover other projects including the proposed addition of 12 gates each to Concourses B and C, expansion of the aircraft parking aprons at the concourses, and a new North Parking Garage.

CLTs 2016 Airport Capacity Enhancement Program (ACEP), identified and recommended the projects to meet future airfield and terminal capacity demands. Operational data gathered during the EIS process confirmed the need for the new development.

The proposed shorter runway would allow West Boulevard to be relocated on existing roadways closer to the airports operational area, which would lessen the impact on the community.

The City of Charlotte, which operates the airport, will produce the EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It can complete the EA in about one year. The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on a draft EA, and comments will be included in the final document. The FAA will issue a final environmental determination and Record of Decision on the EA.

Throughout the environmental process, the airport will keep the public fully informed of and involved in the EA as it moves forward.

The FAA posted a notice in the Federal Register today announcing the decision.

News and Updates – Mark Your Calendar for the 2019 UAS Symposium

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 4th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on June 3-5, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

In both plenary and breakout sessions, the Symposium will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, industry and academia to discuss the latest issues related to the increasingly diversified uses of unmanned aircraft and their integration into the National Airspace System.

Like last year, the FAA will operate an on-site resource center to help owners and operators with questions about airspace authorizations, waivers, the Part 107 small UAS rule, changes in hobbyists drone operations, and other policies and regulations.

This is your chance to get up-to-the-minute information on government regulations and to participate in hands-on collaborative discussions with the most notable experts in the UAS field. Interest in the Symposium is greater than ever, so register now.