FAA responds to US carriers’ exemption requests for Middle East ops

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded Jan. 10 to several U.S.-based air cargo and express carriers requesting exemption from the FAA’s initial Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning U.S. carriers from flying in certain Middle East regions last week. In its response, the FAA included the issuance of a new NOTAM superseding the original and […]

FAA and San Bernardino give massive airport cargo facility green light

With the completion of a multi-year environmental impact research study, San Bernardino International Airport’s (SBD’s) controversial Eastgate Air Cargo Facility – pursued in partnership with Texas-based real estate developer Hillwood Enterprises and regional economic development groups Alliance California and Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) – has received approval for its final ground release. The San […]

Boeing pauses 737 MAX production in effort to slow cash burn

(Bloomberg) –Boeing Co. will halt production of the grounded 737 MAX in January, a move that will deepen the crisis engulfing the planemaker, complicate its eventual recovery and ripple through the U.S. economy. Employees at the Seattle-area factory where the MAX is built will continue 737-related work or be temporarily reassigned to other programs, the […]

New Mexican airport pursues cargo with $9m renovation plan 

New Mexico’s Dona Ana County International Jetport (FAA: DNA) has joined the ranks of small airports aiming to attract cargo carriers to their tarmac. The New Mexican airport recently announced it will implement US$9 million in renovations on its runway to support the effort.  Dona Ana Airport’s plans to use the $9 million to upgrade the weight capacity […]

FAA green-lights DoKaSch pharma-cooling container 

On Friday, Germany-based loading equipment supplier DoKaSch Temperature Solutions announced that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the company’s Opticooler RAP temperature-controlled air cargo container. In anticipation of the approval, the company said it also founded a California-based DoKaSch Americas subsidiary last year. With the green light and U.S. subsidiary, DoKaSch can now pursue U.S. customers.  DoKaSch’s Opticooler RAP container is designed […]

Anti-drone powers are urgently needed at airports, task force says

(Bloomberg) — A task force looking into ways to prevent small drones from disrupting commercial airports is urging federal officials to issue promised regulations, saying that there isn’t proper funding and legal authority to tackle the problem. “We have to really push this and get it done quickly,” said Kevin Burke, president of the Airports Council […]

UPS Flight Forward secures FAA approval for drone airline [VIDEO]

The UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF) received the first full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a drone airline, UPS announced Tuesday. The Part 135 certification was received on Friday, at which time UPS FF launched the first drone flight ever under the certification. The first-ever flight under the FAA certification […]

Iran airspace restrictions set to impact major cargo carriers

The current Iran-U.S. military confrontation, which today led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S.-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, is set to have major cargo implications for European and Asian carriers. Following the FAA notification, the European Organization for the Safety […]

U.K. tightens drone regulations, revises flight restriction zones

This week, the United Kingdom government published an amendment to the U.K. Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO), making it illegal as of Mar. 13 to fly small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at any time within flight restriction zones (FRZs) around “protected aerodromes” – commercial airports, military airfields and general aviation airports – unless given permission […]

U.S. House committee considers bill to fund FAA during shutdowns

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing to discuss H.R. 1108, the proposed “Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019” that would fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the event of a partial government shutdown like the one ended late last month. The hearing examined how the […]

LaGuardia Airport suffers delays on day 35 of U.S. government shutdown

This morning, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ushered in the 35th day of the partial government shutdown by temporarily restricting flights this morning into and out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), due to air traffic controller shortages, causing a cascade of passenger flight delays at other air hubs in the Eastern United States and […]

FAA changes flight-hour policy for pilots in training, challenges lie ahead

Last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made changes to the “Omnibus” final training rule, and will now allow pilots pursuing their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certifications to count second-in-command (SIC) hours toward the 1,500-hour in-flight requirement.  Until this point, only passenger-flying trainees were allowed to apply their SIC hours toward their ATP certs. […]

Kalitta Air’s implements CHAMP’s weight & balance software

U.S.-based cargo carrier Kalitta Air has implemented CHAMP Cargosystems’ Weight & Balance application, which manages load planning.  Kalitta operates a fleet of sixteen 747 freighters, and has obtained FAA approval for the usage of CHAMP’s technology for its freighter fleet. CHAMP’s software is a Java-based web application, enabling carriers and forwarders to drag, drop and […]
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