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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hiring experienced air traffic controllers to work in facilities throughout the country, and also specifically for the facility that handles the busy New York area airspace.

The agency announced today that it will accept applications from candidates with experience to fill slots at the New York Tracon (N90) in Westbury, NY and other facilities throughout the country. The job announcements will be open fromMarch 19until March 26, 2018.

The candidates must have the following qualifications and specialized experience:

  • United States citizenship.
  • No older than 35 years of age.*
  • Fifty-two consecutive weeks of air traffic control experience.
  • Air traffic experience involving full-time active separation of air traffic.
  • Air traffic control certification or facility ratingwithin five yearsof submitting an application.
  • Served at either an FAA air traffic control facility, a civilian or military air traffic control facility of the Department of Defense, or a tower operating under contract with the FAA under Section 47124.

*Depending on the nature of an applicants previous air traffic controller experience, other qualifications may be required for employment.See the full application for employment on usajobs.gov on March 19.

Applicants must be willing to work at any FAA air traffic facility, or at the N90 facility, and may attend specialized training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

Active duty military members must provide documentation certifying that they expect to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the documentation is signed.

Interested experienced applicants should visitwww.usajobs.govto start building their applications orwww.faa.gov/Jobsfor more information about air traffic controllers.

Today's Air Traffic Report:

Gusty winds are expected in Boston (BOS) and the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA) as the noreaster that left much of New England buried in snow yesterday continues to push northward. In the West, low clouds are forecast this morning for Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). It will be windy in Las Vegas (LAS).

Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.

For up-to-the-minute air traffic operations information, visit fly.faa.gov, and follow @FAANews on Twitter for the latest news and Air Traffic Alerts.

The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.

Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding tests of an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide.

Under the FAAs Part 107 small drone rule, operators must secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. To facilitate those approvals, the agency deployed the prototype Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) at several air traffic facilities last November to evaluate the feasibility of a fully automated solution enabled by data sharing. Based on the prototypes success, the agency will now conduct a nationwide beta test beginning April 30 that will deploy LAANC incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports. The final deployment will begin on September 13.

Drone operators using LAANC can receive near real-time airspace authorizations. This dramatically decreases the wait experienced using the manual authorization process and allows operators to quickly plan their flights. Air traffic controllers also can see where planned drone operations will take place

Beginning April 16, the FAA also will consider agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. Currently, there are four providersAirMap,Project Wing,Rockwell Collins and Skyward. Applications must be made by May 16. Interested parties can find information on the application process here. This is not a standard government acquisition; there is no Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposal (RFP) related to this effort.

LAANC uses airspace data provided through UAS facility maps. The maps show the maximum altitude around airports where the FAA may authorize operations under Part 107. LAANC gives drone operators the ability to interact with the maps and provide automatic notification and authorization requests to the FAA. It is an important step in developing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM).

Today, Aviation Week Network will recognize the Commercial Aviation Safety Team(CAST)/Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) initiatives as the 2018 Aviation Week Laureate Award winner in the Commercial,Safety category. It is recognizing the CAST/ASIAS initiatives for their unparalleled collaboration between government and industry to improve aviation safety.

The Laureate Awards Ceremony will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, at 6 p.m. These awards honor the best accomplishments based on the four pillars of aviation industry: Business Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Defense, and Space. For the firsttime, Aviation Week will award one Grand Laureate in each of the four categories among the announced winners.

The Federal Aviation Administrations Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety and CAST Co-Chair Ali Bahrami will attend the ceremony.

CAST and ASIAS represent a long-standing commitment to building safety partnerships between government and industry that focus on pursuing safety improvements in a collaborative and proactive manner. The work of CAST has been extremely successful in the United States. CASTs voluntary adoption of the most promising safety enhancements, along with new aircraft, improved regulations, and other activities, reduced the fatality risk for commercial aviation by 83percent from 1997to2008.

The launch of ASIAS in 2008 allowed us to take a more proactive approach to detecting risk and implementing mitigation strategies before accidents or serious incidents occur. The collaboration between government and industry, at all levels, has been instrumental to improving aviation safety, and our continued success depends on these strong partnerships built on trust and the ability to share and protect voluntarily provided safety information. In the United States, there has not been a fatality in commercial passenger operations since February 2009, with more than 5 billion passengers transported safely in commercial passenger service.

To find out more about the event and view a list of the awardees, visit Aviation Weeks 61st Annual Laureate Awards and 2018 Laureate Winners.

You have one week left to register for the 2018 UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Symposium. Leaders in industry, technology and government will discuss the future of drones and their integration into the National Airspace System. The Symposium will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, March 6-8, and preregistration will close in one week on Monday, March 5.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) are co-sponsors of this year's Symposium, which will bring together representatives from the FAA, government agencies, industry and academia to discuss the latest issues related to the burgeoning use of unmanned aircraft.

This year's keynote speakers and panelists include:

  • Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Technology Officer, Executive Office of the President, Michael Kratsios
  • FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell
  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
  • City of Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh
  • AUVSI CEO & President Brian Wynne

UAS Symposium workshops include:

  • Understanding Remote Pilot Responsibilities
  • LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability)Lessons Learned and Leaning Forward
  • Flying UAS in Emergencies and Disaster Response
  • Conducting Public Aircraft Operations

Don't miss out on your chance to take part in 2018 UAS Symposium! Register here.

Importance of Placards and Lockout/Tagout Procedures
Grab the keys and go! In aviation, we know thats not quite the case when piloting an aircraft. In addition to your other pre-check procedures, have you considered the aircrafts current maintenance status?

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has identified a number of fatal general aviation accidents caused by flying in an aircraft that is undergoing maintenance and has not yet returned to service. Yikes! How do you know your aircraft is safe? We suggest you consider adopting an informal lockout/tagout procedure to ensure that you, and other pilots, are aware that the aircraft youre about to fly may not have been returned to service.

Why Placard?
Placards are common in many general aviation aircraft, and for good reason: the message they display is mandatory. In fact, Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) section 91.9 (a) says, in part, that no person may operate a civil aircraft without complying with the operation limitations specified inthe approved Airplane or Rotorcraft Flight Manual, markings, and placards.

Placards also alert us to non-working equipment or instruments. You may operate most types of light aircraft with inoperative instruments, as long as they are not part of the VFR day type certification. In addition, the aircraft must have a placard that says inoperative. If the instrument is removed from the aircraft, a placard must provide the status. In all cases, the pilot or mechanic must determine that the inoperative instrument does not pose a hazard to flight safety. There are a lot more requirements to this part, so please read 14 CFR section 91.213 in its entirety, if this situation applies to you.

Shared Responsibility
Pilots and mechanics share a responsibility to indicate properly inoperative instruments or equipment. Look at 14 CFR section 91.405; it requires owners or operators to have inoperative instruments or equipment repaired, replaced, removed, or inspected at the next required inspection with placards installed, as required. In 14 CFR section 43.11, it says the person performing required maintenance must have a placard placed on the items permitted to have deferred maintenance.

Be on the Lookout
Most aircraft owners are up to speed on the status of their machines, and rental fleets usually have aircraft status boards or squawk sheets that you can review as part of your preflight check. However, occasionally theres a nasty surprise for pilots who take flight or try to in aircraft not ready to be returned to service. To avoid this, make it a point to coordinate with your mechanic before, during, and after maintenance procedures. Ask questions about any procedures you may not be familiar with so that you will have the full scope of the type of work that was performed.

Lockout-tagout(LOTO) orlockandtagis a safety procedure that is used to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again before maintenance or servicing work is completed.

The GAJSC believes that an informal out of service or lockout placard or sticker conspicuously placed in the cockpit can go a long way toward preventing flight in an un-airworthy aircraft. Be sure to review any placarding plans you want to implement with your mechanic first. Owners and operators are free to make their own placards to post in the cockpit of aircraft scheduled for maintenance. Before you remove the placard, check to ensure all maintenance is completed and documented.

Return to Service
Before taking flight again, be sure to perform an enhanced preflight to make sure everything is ready to go. Take your time, and use a checklist. Pay particular attention to any area that received service. You may spot a hose or electrical connection that may not have been reconnected, or something else that needs attention. Make sure that all the required inspections are completed and documented.

Finally, after any maintenance, taxi out to do a run-up check, then return to your starting point. Shut down the engine, get out, and carefully look over the entire aircraft. It may be your last chance to catch something that isnt quite right, tight, or ready for flight!

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen when the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and quickly develops into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.

Message from Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell:
The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign. Every month on FAA.gov, we provide pilots with Loss of Control solutions developed by a team of experts some of which are already reducing risk. I hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community.

More about Loss of Control
Contributing factors may include:

  • Poor judgment or aeronautical decision making
  • Failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action
  • Intentional failure to comply with regulations
  • Failure to maintain airspeed
  • Failure to follow procedure
  • Pilot inexperience and proficiency
  • Use of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol

Did you know?

  • From October 2016 through September 2017, 247 people died in 209 general aviation accidents.
  • Loss of Control was the number one cause of these accidents.
  • Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight.It can happen anywhere and at any time.
  • There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.

Learn more:
You can read more about Maintenance Placards in this GA Safety Enhancement Fact Sheet.

Curious about the FARs? Its a good idea to stay on top of them. The current Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) can be found on this website.

FAA Advisory Circular 43-213A provides guidance on part marking, and part re-marking, when performing maintenance alteration and fabrication.

FAA Advisory Circular 45-4 discusses the acceptable (but not only) means to comply with the requirements for identifying S-LSA and E-LASA with identification plates, registration marks and placards.

Pilots and Placards is the topic of the April 7, 2014, AOPA News briefing.

Stay safe through OSHAs Lockout/Tagout Program. The US Department of Laborpage devoted to this program has links to regulations, standards and more.

TheFAASafety.govwebsite has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics.

Check out GA Safety Enhancements fact sheets on the mainFAA Safety Briefingwebsite, including Flight Risk Assessment Tools.

TheWINGS Pilot Proficiency Programhelps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. It is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience.

TheGeneral Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC)is comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released The Annual Compendium of Commercial Space Transportation: 2018, which shows space activity in the United States and worldwide is strong and growing. Specifically, the report finds the global space industry, which combines satellite services and ground equipment, government space budgets, and global navigation satellite services equipment represents about $345 billion in activity.

Acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell discussed the increase in space activity in remarks yesterday at the FAAs annual Commercial Space Conference in Washington, D.C.

The FAAs Office of Commercial Space Transportation produced the document, which contains three primary parts. The first part provides a narrative detail about the space transportation industry, covering topics such as launch vehicles, payloads, and launch and re-entry sites. The second part summarizes worldwide space activities during the previous year and integrates that information with activities that have taken place the last five years. The third part covers policies and regulations relevant to commercial space transportation.

Some noteworthy items in the compendium include:

  • Recognition that the U.S. space industry has begun to make inroads into the existing share of commercial launches now conducted by the Russians.
  • China has made notable increases in government space activity.
  • Suborbital vehicles slated for passenger activity popularly known as space tourism had significant activities in 2016, including several test flights of space vehicles.

For many decades, governments have dominated and primarily conducted space travel. That changed in the mid-1980s with the creation of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation under the Department of Transportation.The office is now located at the FAA with the mission of ensuring the protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial rocket launches and space vehicle re-entries.Since 1989, it has licensed more than 300 operations and launch sites.

More than 3,500 additional take-offs and landings and nearly 1,000 additional aircraft on the ground are expected for the Super Bowl, which will be held Sunday, February 4, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Special procedures, including Temporary Flight Restrictions and a No Drone Zone will limit flights around US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis before, during and after the Big Game.

Heads up, stay safe, and heres what you need to know:

Temporary Flight Restrictions

  • The TFR will go into effect Sunday afternoon. It will cover a 30-nautical mile ring, centered over the stadium and from the ground up to 18,000 feet in altitude, before expiring at 11:59 p.m. that evening. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may establish additional TFRs during the week if security needs require them. Pilots are required to be aware of the latest TFR postings, and to check NOTAMs before flight.
  • The parameters of a TFR are dynamic and are subject to change. Be sure to check the TFR before you take off so you can see the latest description and map.
  • All scheduled commercial flights, emergency, medical, public safety or military flights may enter the TFR while it is in place, in coordination with air traffic control. The TFR will not affect regularly-scheduled commercial flights flying in and out of Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP).
  • The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) enforces TFRs in real time, but the FAA may also take later action against a pilot who violates a TFR.

No Drone Zone

  • Drones are prohibited within a 30-nautical mile radius of US Bank Stadium during the TFR. Pilots are encouraged to check all Notices to determine where drones may fly. Pilots who violate the restrictions may be subject to penalties from the FAA or law enforcement. Drone operators are responsible for complying with all restrictions, notices and other limitations.


  • Controllers at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, St. Paul Downtown, Anoka County-Blaine and Flying Cloud towers will handle traffic, as will controllers at Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center in Farmington.
  • FAA electronics technicians also will be on hand at all facilities to monitor and maintain air traffic equipment and on-field navigational aids. All facilities will remain open for 24 hours this weekend.
  • Airports can only accept as many aircraft as they can safely park, and parking spots must be reserved in advance. Overflow traffic will be sent to Crystal (MIC), Osceola (OEO), New Richmond (RNH), Red Wing (RGK), St. Cloud (STC), Rochester (RST), and Mankato (MKT). Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), St. Paul Downtown (STP), Anoka-County-Blaine (ANE) and Flying Cloud (FCM) airports will close runways for additional parking.
  • Most aircraft are expected to arrive between Friday night, February 2, and Sunday morning, February 4. Departures are expected to be heavy immediately after the game through Monday afternoon, pushing air traffic levels to two to three times the normal amount. The FAA has added additional departure routes to quickly funnel air traffic out of the airspace.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 3rd Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on March 6-8, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

The Symposium will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, industry and academia to discuss the latest issues related to the burgeoning use of unmanned aircraft and their integration into the National Airspace System. There will be panels, breakout sessions, and workshops during the three-day event.

As it did at last years Symposium, the FAA will operate an on-site resource center to help owners and operators with airspace authorizations, waivers, understanding the Part 107 small UAS rule, and other policies and regulations.

Economic prosperity and world class leadership in this country begins with innovation, and the UAS community is leading the way. Dont miss this opportunity to get up-to-the-minute information on government regulations and to participate in hands-on, collaborative discussions with the most innovative minds in the UAS field. Interest in the Symposium is greater than ever, so register now .

Due to a lapse in funding, the FAA will only continue exempt activities such as air traffic control and safety inspections. There will be no impact to safety or safety oversight for the traveling public.