FAA Air Traffic Report

Today's Air Traffic Report:

Strong wind is expected from Boston (BOS) to the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD) and in Denver (DEN) and Las Vegas (LAS). Morning thunderstorms are forecast for Houston (HOU, IAH), and low clouds are expected all day in Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).

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

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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.

FAA Releases Aerospace Forecast

WASHINGTON All indicators show that air travel in the United States is strong and according to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years (FY) 2018-2038, the trend will continue.This is occurring while American air travelers are experiencing the highest levels of safety in modern aviation history.

The FAA forecasts U.S. airline enplanements (passengers) will increase from 840.8 million in 2017 to 1.28 billion in 2038, an increase of more than 400 million passengers. Domestic enplanements are set to increase 4.7 percent in 2018 and then grow at an average rate of 1.7 percent per year during the remaining 20-year forecast period. International enplanements are forecast to increase 5.0 percent in 2018 and then grow an average of 3.3 percent per year for the rest of the forecast period.

Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are the industry standard for measuring air travel demand. An RPM represents one revenue passenger traveling one mile. The FAA forecasts U.S. airline system RPMs to grow at an average rate of 2.5 percent per year between 2017 through 2038, with international RPMs projected too have average annual increases of 3.2 percent per year during the forecast period.

A key to meeting this growth in air travel, while maintaining high levels of safety and efficiency, is to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet demand. Underscoring this point, the FAA forecasts total operations (landings and take-offs) at FAA and contract towers to reach 51.0 million in 2018 and grow to 60.5 million in 2038.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FAA are planning for this growth in air travel with robust infrastructure investments through the Airport Improvement Program. Air traffic modernization is rapidly moving towards satellite navigation technologies and procedures which will continue to allow enhanced navigation for more aircraft.

The forecast also highlights the phenomenal growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as drones. The FAA projects the small model hobbyist UAS fleet to more than double from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles in 2017 to 2.4 million units by 2022. The commercial, small non-model UAS fleet is set to grow from 110,604 in 2017 to 451,800 in 2022. The number of remote pilots is set to increase from 73,673 in 2017 to 301,000 in 2022.

In addition to UAS, another rapidly growing aerospace field is the FAAs licensing, oversight and regulation of commercial space transportation activities. The FAA projects that commercial space launch and re-entry operations may triple from 22 in 2017 to as high as 61 operations in 2020.

The FAA aerospace forecast is the industry-wide standard of measurement of U.S. aviation-related activities. This stems from the enormous variety of data, trends and other factors the agency uses to develop it, such as generally accepted economic projections, surveys and information sent by the airlines to the DOT. Additionally, the scope of the report looks at all facets of aviation including commercial air travel, air cargo, and private general aviation.

Read more in a fact sheet on the forecast on our website.

FAA is Looking for Experienced Air Traffic Controllers

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 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 more information about air traffic controllers.

FAA Expands Drone Airspace Authorization Program

Today the 3rd Annual UAS Symposium was kicked off in Baltimore, Maryland as Acting Administrator Dan Elwell announced 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).

AvWeek Laureate Awards Honor CAST & ASIAS

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.

Clock is Ticking for 2018 UAS Symposium Registration

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
  • 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.

Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

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, 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.

Report Shows Steady Increase in Global Space Activity

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.

The UAS Symposium is Flying Your Way

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.

FAA Operations During Funding Lapse

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.