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Today's Air Traffic Report:

Clouds could slow traffic this morning in Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA). Light snow is expected in the Upper Great Lakes region, and thunderstorms are possible off the Florida-Georgia coast.

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.

FAA and NASA Drone Industry Workshop

WASHINGTONThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA will hold the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP) Phase 2 Industry Workshop in December. Building on UPP Phase 1, UPP Phase 2 will showcase additional technologies, including Remote Identification (ID) and operations with increasing volumes and density. The UPPs success is dependent upon the ability to work with industry, various FAA Test Sites and IPP participants.

What: FAA/NASA UTM Pilot Program Phase 2 December Industry Workshop

When: Monday, December 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Where: NASA Ames Conference Center, Mountain View, CA

During this half-day workshop, the FAA and NASA will provide participants with an in-depth view of UPP Phase 2, including a walk-through of the Concept of Use, Architecture, Technical and Functional Requirements, and a detailed timeline. UPP Phase 2 partners should be able to support the following capabilities:

  • UAS operations in high density airspace;
  • Remote ID services;
  • USS transmission of flight information to air traffic control due to an off-nominal UTM event;
  • Public safety operations; and,
  • UAS Volume Reservations (UVR) service.

Those interested in more details surrounding the agencies plan for partnering with industry for UPP can go to the registration website.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to the first 150 registrants. Only two participants from the same organization may register. The registration deadlines are:

  • Tuesday, November 12 for non-U.S. citizens without permanent residency. NASA requires special paperwork to admit all non-U.S. citizens without permanent residency to attend the workshop at Ames Research Center.
  • Monday, November 25 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; Please go to the registration website for more information.

For any questions on the workshop, email: FAAUTM@FAA.gov.

Notice to Airmen Data Optimization Summit on November 18

WASHINGTON On November 18, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Data Optimization Summit to modernize aeronautical information and NOTAM data. The FAA and the aviation community will discuss ways to improve the collection and dissemination of vital aeronautical information provided primarily to airspace users, with a focus on general aviation pilots and the growing drone community.

The FAA will livestream the event on FAA social media channels throughout the day and welcomes public feedback.

New Protocols for Diabetics Seeking Air Transport and Commercial Pilots Medical Certification

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register a notice on a Diabetes Protocol for Applicants Seeking to Exercise Air Transport, Commercial, or Private Pilot Privileges. The innovative new protocol makes it possible for airline transport or commercial pilots with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to potentially receive a special-issuance medical certification.

Medical science has come a long way in the treatment and monitoring of diabetes. This new medical protocol takes into account medical advancements in technology and treatment and opens the door for individuals with ITDM to become airline pilots.

Since 1996, private pilots with ITDM have been issued medical certificates on a case-by-case basis after assessing their risks. This new protocol is based on established advancements in medical science that make management and control of the disease easier to monitor thereby mitigating safety risks.

To be considered under this protocol, applicants will provide comprehensive medical and overall health history, including reports from their treating physicians, such as their endocrinologist. They will also provide evidence of controlling their diabetes using the latest technology and methods of treatment being used to monitor the disease.

The FAA developed the new protocol based on the reliability of the advancements in technology and treatment being made in the medical standard of care for diabetes and on input from the expert medical community.

Public comment on the new protocols closes 60 days from the date of publication. The new protocols are effective November 7, 2019. However, the FAA may revise the new protocol based on comments.

Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams
Email: marcia.adams@faa.gov

Reminder Drone Safety Week Starts Today

Today, theFederal Aviation Administration(FAA) kicks off its first National Drone Safety Awareness Week, Nov. 4-10, 2019.

The FAAs highest priority is to ensure the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS) as we continue to safely integrate drones into the NAS. This is an opportunity to share your commitment to drone safety.

During this weeklong campaign, the FAA will be highlighting how key sectors use drones for good. Many of our stakeholder communities are planning local events that engage and educate the general public about drone safety.

Key sectors have a specific day of the week to focus on an area of interest or expertise:

  • Monday: Public Safety and Security
  • Tuesday: Business Photography, Real Estate, Insurance
  • Wednesday: Business Infrastructure and Agriculture
  • Thursday: Business Commercial and Medical Package Delivery
  • Friday: Education and STEM
  • Saturday and Sunday: Recreational Flyers

Use #DroneWeek to share your safety story.

For additional information, visitfaa.gov/go/DroneWeekor emailDroneSafetyWeek@faa.gov

New York City Marathon Declared No Drone Zone

WASHINGTON The skies above the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3, will be a No Drone Zone, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today.

The FAA, working in close coordination with its federal partners, said Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be prohibited within a two nautical-mile radius of the start line, which is located at the western end of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island. The No Drone Zone, detailed in Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) FDC 9/6103, will be in effect from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

A No Drone Zone for the end of the race will cover all of Central Park to a mile south of the park, encompassing airspace above the finish line. The restricted area, detailed in NOTAM FDC 9/5935, will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. EDT.

Both restricted areas extend 1,000 feet above ground level.

The restrictions will also be included in the FAAs B4UFLY mobile app.

Drone operators are reminded to check the FAAs NOTAM webpage for other airspace restrictions in New York.

UAS operators who violate these flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) communitys national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about safety, including loss of control (LOC), powerplant failure, and controlled flight into terrain(CFIT).

Thisseries will show you how you can incorporate safety into every flight.

Unintentional Consequences

CFIT is an unintentional collision with the ground, a mountain, a body of water or an obstacle, when the aircraft is under positive control. Most often, it happens during the approach or landing phase of flight.

Half of all CFIT accidents result in fatalities. Whats puzzling is that more than 75 percent of these accidents occur in daylight, and more than half are in visual conditions. More than 30 percent of the pilots had an instrument rating.

CFIT accidents include wire strikes, or continued visual flight rules flight into instrument meteorological conditions. That means the most common type of pilot error in CFIT accidents is the failure of the pilot to have situational awareness: knowing at all times what his or her position is, how that position relates to the altitude of the surface of the Earth below and immediately ahead, and the course he or she is flying.

Sometimes a contributing factor could be subtle navigation equipment malfunctions, which may mislead the crew into improperly guiding the aircraft. Fatigue can cause even highly experienced pilots to make significant errors.

Dont forget unrealistic aircraft performance expectations. High-density altitude or tailwinds on approach can create havoc. To stay safe, make sure you are in compliance with all aspects of the clearances you accept and the procedures you fly. Fully research the environment you plan to operate in, especially in high altitudes and abbreviated runways.

The bottom line is that the causes of CFIT are common, and they underline the need for all pilots to remain alert and aware.

Cockpit Aids

Several electronic warning systems are available, including GPS databases and terrain awareness warning systems. The first generation of those systems was known as ground proximity warning systems, which used a radar altimeter to help calculate terrain closure rates. That system has been updated and is now known as the enhanced ground proximity warning system, which, when combined with mandatory pilot simulator training, emphasizes proper responses to potentially dangerous events.

How Can I Avoid CFIT?

Safety Risk Management (SRM) involves knowing what youre getting into and understanding the capabilities and resources you need to ensure a flight is completed safely. SRM begins at preflight. Use a Flight Risk Assessment Tool and PAVE (Pilot, Aircraft EnVironment and External Pressures) to build a personalized risk assessment before every flight.

Stay alert, aware, and avoid get-there-itis. Have an alternative plan ready, and be prepared to make a route change if needed.

Keep your skills sharp by practicing with your flight instructor. Practice instrument procedures before you have to fly them for real.

Finally, in the real environment, be sure to give yourself some breathing room, including a mile from airspace and 2,000 feet vertically from terrain. Watch the skies, by staying on top of the weather forecasts.

The Final Word

Fly regularly with a CFI who will challenge you to review what you know, explore new horizons, and to always do your best.

Be sure to document your achievement in the Wings Pilot Proficiency Program at www.FAASafety.gov. Its a great way to stay on top of your game and keep your flight review current.

Resource Guide:

This brief FAASTeam video will give you a CFIT overview in 60 seconds.

See the FAASTeams FlySafe fact sheet on CFIT here.

See the devastating effects of CFIT in this NTSB presentation.

Learn more about CFIT by reading this Skybrary entry.

FlightSafety.org has a number of important CFIT articles for review.

Curious about FAA regulations (Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations)? Its a good idea to stay on top of them.

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

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.

Runway Status Lights Now Fully Operational

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Runway Status Lights (RWSL), the first technology to provide direct warning to pilots about potential runway conflicts, is now operational at all 20 sites approved to receive the ground-breaking technology.

A report on the effectiveness of RWSL at the 15 airports where it was operational in 2017 found an overall 52% reduction in the average runway incursion rate, with 15,484 potential saves by the technology.

The FAA developed RWSL technology to increase situational awareness for flight crews and airport vehicle drivers, providing an added layer of runway safety. The technology alerts pilots and vehicle operators to stop when runways and taxiways are not safe to enter, cross or begin takeoff. Red lights embedded in the pavement illuminate when the presence of other traffic creates a potential conflict. RWSL uses the airports surface surveillance system to determine the location of aircraft and vehicles. The lights are fully automated, requiring no input from air traffic controllers.

Pilots and ground vehicle operators must still receive clearances from controllers for any operation on runways or taxiways.

The RWSL system is comprised of two types of lights. Runway Entrance Lights (REL) are deployed at taxiway and runway crossings and illuminate if it is unsafe to enter or cross a runway. Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) are deployed in the runway by the departure hold zone and illuminate when there is an aircraft in position for departure and the runway is occupied by another aircraft or vehicle and is unsafe for takeoff.

RWSLs are now operational at the following airports:

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport
  • Boston Logan International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Chicago OHare International Airport
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
  • Houstons George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • LaGuardia International Airport
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Washington Dulles International Airport

UAS Operations Restricted At More Federal Facilities

WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective November 7.

In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over 60 additional Department of Defense and Department of Justice facilities to address concerns about malicious drone activity. An FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), FDC 9/7752, defines these special security instructions. The FAA has published a new NOTAM, FDC 9/1278, which alerts UAS operators and others in the aviation community to this change and points to FDC 9/7752.

UAS operators are strongly advised to review these NOTAMs, as well as important supporting information provided by the FAAs UAS Data Delivery System (UDDS) website. This website contains the text of FDC 9/7752 (click on UAS NOTAM FDC 9/7752 on scroll bar along the top of the page).

Further down the page is an interactive map (Map of FAA UAS Data) displaying restricted airspace throughout the U.S. Zooming in will enable viewers to click on each of the 60 new DOD and DOJ locations and see the specific restrictions. Each of the 60 locations are in yellow since the restrictions are pending until the Nov. 7 effective date, at which point they will become red.

The restrictions will also be included in the FAAs B4UFLY mobile app.

UAS operators who violate these flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

The FAA considers requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS-specific flight restrictions using its authority under 14 CFR 99.7. The agency will announce any future changes, including additional locations, as appropriate.

The 60 locations:

  • Federal Correctional Institution Aliceville in Aliceville, Alabama
  • Federal Correctional Institution Ashland in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Federal Correctional Institution Bastrop in Bastrop, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Beckley in Beaver, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution Bennetsville in Bennetsville, South Carolina
  • Federal Correctional Institution Berlin in Berlin, New Hampshire
  • Federal Correctional Institution Big Spring in Big Spring, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Cumberland in Cumberland, Maryland
  • Federal Correctional Institution Danbury in Danbury, Connecticut
  • Federal Correctional Institution Dublin in Dublin, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Edgefield in Edgefield, South Carolina
  • Federal Correctional Institution El Reno in El Reno, Oklahoma
  • Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio
  • Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colorado
  • Federal Correctional Institution Estill in Estill, South Carolina
  • Federal Correctional Institution Fairton in Fairton, New Jersey
  • Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer in Glenville, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution Greenville in Greenville, Illinois
  • Federal Correctional Institution Herlong in Herlong, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Jesup in Jesup, Georgia
  • Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna in Anthony, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Loretto in Loretto, Pennsylvania
  • Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc in Lompoc, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Manchester in Manchester, Kentucky
  • Federal Correctional Institution Marianna in Marianna, Florida
  • Federal Correctional Institution McDowell in Welch, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania
  • Federal Correctional Institution Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Federal Correctional Institution Mendota in Mendota, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Miami in Miami, Florida
  • Federal Correctional Institution Milan in Milan, Michigan
  • Federal Correctional Institution Morgantown in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Federal Correctional Institution Otisville in Otisville, New York
  • Federal Correctional Institution Oxford in Oxford, Wisconsin
  • Federal Correctional Institution Pekin in Pekin, Illinois
  • Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Federal Correctional Institution Ray Brook in Ray Brook, New York
  • Federal Correctional Institution Safford in Safford, Arizona
  • Federal Correctional Institution Sandstone in Sandstone, Minnesota
  • Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill in Minersville, Pennsylvania
  • Federal Correctional Institution Seagoville in Seagoville, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Sheridan in Sheridan, Oregon
  • Federal Correctional Institution Talladega in Talladega, Alabama
  • Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Federal Correctional Institution Terminal Island in San Pedro, California
  • Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana in Texarkana, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers in Three Rivers, Texas
  • Federal Correctional Institution Waseca in Waseca, Minnesota
  • Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg in Salters, South Carolina
  • Federal Medical Center Devens in Devens, Massachusetts
  • Federal Medical Center Butner in Butner, North Carolina
  • Federal Medical Center Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Federal Transfer Center Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • United States Penitentiary Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia
  • United States Penitentiary Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Martindale AHP in San Antonio, Texas
  • Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Tobyhanna Army Complex in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
  • Military Ocean Terminal Concord in Concord, California
  • Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Sunny Point, North Carolina

FAA Updates on Boeing 737 MAX

10/25/2019

FAA Statement on Lion Air Flight 610 Accident Report

The FAAs first priority is always safety.The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committees accident report on Lion Air Flight 610 is a sober reminder to us of the importance of that mission, and we again express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were lost in that tragic accident.

We welcome the recommendations from this report and will carefully consider these and all other recommendations as we continue our review of the proposed changes to the Boeing 737 MAX. The FAA is committed to ensuring that the lessons learned from the losses of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302will result in an even greater level of safety globally.

The FAA continues to review Boeings proposed changes to the 737 MAX. As we have previously stated, the aircraft will return to service only after the FAA determines it is safe.


10/18/2019

FAA Statement

Late yesterday, Boeing alerted the Department of Transportation to the existence of instant messages between two Boeing employees, characterizing certain communications with the FAA during the original certification of the 737 MAX in 2016. Boeing explained to the Department that it had discovered this document some months ago.

The Department immediately brought this document to the attention of both FAA leadership and the Departments Inspector General.

The FAA finds the substance of the document concerning. The FAA is also disappointed that Boeing did not bring this document to our attention immediately upon its discovery. The FAA is reviewing this information to determine what action is appropriate.

The FAA has shared this document with the appropriate Congressional committees and plans to provide additional related documents today.

The FAA is following a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service. The agency will lift the grounding order only after we have determined the aircraft is safe.

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Read the letter FAA Administrator Steve Dickson sent to Boeing.


10/11/2019

FAA Administrator Dickson is reviewing every recommendation and will take appropriate action.

Statement from FAA Administrator Steve Dickson:

I thank Chairman Chris Hart and the Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) members for their unvarnished and independent review of the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX.

As FAA Administrator, I will review every recommendation and take appropriate action.

Todays unprecedented U.S. safety record was built on the willingness of aviation professionals to embrace hard lessons and to seek continuous improvement. We welcome this scrutiny and are confident that our openness to these efforts will further bolster aviation safety worldwide. The accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia are a somber reminder that the FAA and our international regulatory partners must strive to constantly strengthen aviation safety.


9/26/2019

FAA welcomes and appreciates NTSB's recommendations.

The FAAs first priority is safety. We welcome and appreciate the NTSBs recommendations. The agency will carefully review these and all other recommendations as we continue our review of the proposed changes to the Boeing 737 MAX. The FAA is committed to a philosophy of continuous improvement. The lessons learned from the investigations into the tragic accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302will be a springboard to an even greater level of safety.


9/23/2019

FAA and Technical Experts Meet with Safety Regulators to Continue Discussions on Boeing 737 Max

MONTREAL The Federal Aviation Administration and a team of technical experts met today with safety regulators from around the world to discuss the continuing efforts to return the Boeing 737 MAX jetliner to service.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell delivered opening remarks to more than 50 invited officials, all of whom will play a role in clearing the aircraft for further flight in their respective nations.

Ali Bahrami, the FAAs Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, provided details on the FAAs many activities to certify the aircraft since the group of regulators first met four months ago in Fort Worth, Texas. A senior Boeing Co. executive provided a technical briefing on the companys efforts to address the safety regulators shared concerns.

During the meeting, Administrator Dickson pledged that the FAA would continue to share information about the FAAs activities to ensure the proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX meet certification standards. In the name of continuous improvement, we welcome feedback from our fellow civil aviation authorities, the aviation industry and the important independent reviews of the MAX and the FAAs certification process, Dickson said.

Dickson told the group that the last few months have made it clear that, in the mind of the traveling public, aviation safety recognizes no borders. Travelers demand the same high level of safety no matter where they fly, he said. It is up to us as aviation regulators to deliver on this shared responsibility.

The FAA continues to follow a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the aircraft to passenger service. The FAA has a transparent and collaborative relationship with other civil aviation authorities as we continue our review of changes to software on the Boeing 737 MAX. Our first priority is safety, and we have set no timeframe for when the work will be completed. Each government will make its own decision to return the aircraft to service, based on a thorough safety assessment.


8/30/2019

Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) Panel to Deliver Findings in Coming Weeks.

The Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) panel is taking additional time to finish documenting its work. We expect the group to submit its observations, findings, and recommendations in the coming weeks.

Chaired by former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher A. Hart, the JATR is comprised of technical safety experts from nine civil aviation authorities worldwide, as well as the FAA and NASA. The team received extensive overviews and engaged in subsequent discussions about the design, certification, regulations, compliance, training, and Organization Designation Authorization activities associated with the 737 MAX.

The JATRs focus on the certification of the aircraft is separate from the ongoing efforts to safely return the aircraft to flight. The FAA continues to follow a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the aircraft to passenger service. While the agencys certification processes are well-established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs, we welcome the scrutiny from these experts and look forward to their findings.

We will carefully review all recommendations and will incorporate any changes that would improve our certification activities.


6/26/2019 4:45 p.m. Update

FAA Statement

The FAA is following a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the Boeing 737 Max to passenger service.The FAA will lift the aircrafts prohibition order when we deem it is safe to do so.We continue to evaluate Boeings software modification to the MCAS and we are still developing necessary training requirements. We also are responding to recommendations received from the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The TAB is an independent review panel we have asked to review our work regarding 737 Max return to service.

On the most recent issue, the FAAs process is designed to discover and highlight potential risks.The FAA recently found a potential risk that Boeing must mitigate.


6/2/2019 Update

FAA Statement

Boeing has informed the FAA that certain 737NG and 737MAX leading edge slat tracks may have been improperly manufactured and may not meet all applicable regulatory requirements for strength and durability.

Following an investigation conducted by Boeing and the FAA Certificate Management Office (CMO), we have determined that up to 148 parts manufactured by a Boeing sub-tier supplier are affected. Boeing has identified groups of both 737NG and 737MAX airplane serial numbers on which these suspect parts may have been installed. 32 NG and 33 MAX are affected in the U.S. Affected worldwide fleet are 133 NG and 179 MAX aircraft.

The affected parts may be susceptible to premature failure or cracks resulting from the improper manufacturing process. Although a complete failure of a leading edge slat track would not result in the loss of the aircraft, a risk remains that a failed part could lead to aircraft damage in flight.

The FAA will issue an Airworthiness Directive to mandate Boeing's service actions to identify and remove the discrepant parts from service. Operators of affected aircraft are required to perform this action within 10 days. The FAA today also alerted international civil aviation authorities of this condition and required actions.


5/23/2019 Update

FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell's Closing Remarks at Directorates General Meeting


Thanks for joining us. Todays meeting was both comprehensive and constructive. While the tragic circumstances that brought all of us together might be considered extraordinarythere is nothing extraordinary about the level of commitment to safety shared by all of us. Our sense of missionthat makes aviation the safest form of transportationruns strong and deep, and binds all of us. If not in one meeting in Ft. Worth, we are comparing notes in symposiums around the world, were in web-based conferences, or we simply pick up the phone.

So, let me give you a short recap of what we covered today:

  • How the FAA responded to the MAX accidents and how were supporting the two international accident investigations
  • How we plan to certify Boeings MCAS changes and how weve been sharing information with all the regulators here.
  • The latest status on the Technical Advisory Board, or TAB, which is reviewing Boeings MCAS software update and system safety assessment. As you know, the TAB is tasked with identifying any issues where further investigation is recommended before we approve the MCAS design change.
  • Details of the Boeings proposed changes to the MAX both to the flight control system and pilot training
  • A review of the technical steps and sequence of events that we anticipate would be involved in ungrounding the MAX fleet here in the United States
  • A discussion of international considerations for returning the MAX to service outside the United States

What happens next is that, here in the U.S., we await Boeings completed for changes to the MAX. Once received we perform our final risk assessments and analyses, taking into account findings of the TAB and any information we receive from our international counterparts. Well also take part in test flights of a modified 737 MAX and weigh all the information together before making the decision to return the aircraft to service.

Internationally, each country has to make its own decisions, but the FAA will make available to our counterparts all that we have learned, all that we have done, and all of our assistance under our International Civil Aviation Organization commitments.

As all of us work through this rigorous process, we will continue to be transparent and exchange all that we know and all that we do to strengthen the publics confidence that the aircraft will meet the highest safety standards.


5/22/2019 Update

FAA Acting
Administrator Dan Elwell's Opening Remarks at Directorates General Meeting

Good afternoon and welcome to the FAAs Southwest Regional office here in Fort Worth. As you know, tomorrow well be meeting with dozens of regulators from across the globe to discuss our ongoing efforts aimed at getting the Boeing 737 MAX back into service.

Well be sharing with them the safety analysis that will form the basis for our return-to-service decision process here in the United States, and well offer the FAAs assistance in helping them with their individual decisions on returning the aircraft to service in their countries. Well also welcome their feedback to help us with our shared goal of keeping aviations safety record the envy of other transportation modes.

The FAA and our colleagues around the world know that the success of the global aviation system rests squarely on our shared commitment of safety and our common understanding of what it takes to achieve it. Its because we have a common framework through the International Civil Aviation Organization for how we design, build and operate airliners.

Under that framework, The State of Design which is the United States for the MAX has the obligation to provide all States that operate an aircraft with the information that assures its safe operation. For the MAX, Boeing has not yet submitted its final request to change the MCAS, but we can share what information we do have to contribute to our safety evaluations.

So thats what well do tomorrow explain our understanding of the risks that need to be addressed, the steps we propose to address those risks, and how well propose to bring the 737 MAX back to service. And let me be very clear about that the FAA will return the 737 MAX to service in the United States only when we determine based on facts and technical data that it is safe to do so.

Well also discuss how making the entire process transparent toward strengthening public confidence after two accidents. We all want travelers to have the highest confidence in the aviation system when they fly.

Once the meeting is completed tomorrow afternoon, well brief you again on the events of the day.

Ill take your questions now.


5/3/2019 3:00pm Update

This week, the Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) team held its first meeting to review the FAAs certification of the Boeing 737 MAXs automated flight control system. Chaired by former NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, the JATR is comprised of technical safety experts from 9 civil aviation authorities worldwide, including the FAA, as well as from NASA.

The team received extensive overviews and engaged in subsequent discussions about the design, certification, regulations, compliance, training, and Organization Designation Authorization program associated with the 737 MAX.Over the next few months, JATR participants will take a comprehensive look at the FAAs certification of the aircrafts automated flight control system. Each participant will individually provide the FAA with findings regarding the adequacy of the certification process and any recommendations to improve the process.

The JATR is separate from and not required to approve enhancements for the return of the 737 MAX to service. The team concluded an initial, substantive week of gathering information and planning its next meetings.


5/3/2019 1:45pm Update

Supplemental FAA letter to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Wicker available here.


4/29/2019 12:30pm Update

The FAA has convened todays initial Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) meeting as it evaluates aspects of the original certification of the Boeing 737 MAXs automated flight control system. This gathering of international civilian aviation authorities and safety technical experts represents the best spirit of cooperation and collaboration that have contributed to aviations strong safety record. All participants are committed to a single safety mission, and will not rest where aviations safety record is concerned. We expect the JATR to engage in a free and candid discussion that exchanges information and improves future processes. Their work is not a prerequisite for the 737 MAX to return to service. The FAA will continue to share its technical experience and knowledge to support the international aviation community and, specifically over the next three months, the JATR participants.


4/19/2019 3:00pm Update

Experts from nine civil aviation authorities have confirmed they will participate in the Boeing 737 MAX Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) that the FAA established earlier this month. The JATR team will conduct a comprehensive review of the certification of the aircrafts automated flight control system.

The JATR is chaired by former NTSB Chairman Chris Hart and comprised of a team of experts from the FAA, NASAand international aviation authorities. The team will evaluate aspects of the 737 MAX automated flight control system, including its design and pilots interaction with the system, to determine its compliance with all applicable regulations and to identify future enhancements that might be needed.

The team is scheduled to first meet on April 29 and its work is expected to take 90 days.

Confirmed participants include:

Australia
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

Brazil
Agencia Nacional de Aviao Civil (ANAC)

Canada
Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA)

China
Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

European Union
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

Japan
Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB)

Indonesia
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

Singapore
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

United Arab Emirates
General Civil Aviation Authority (UAE GCAA)


4/16/2019 4:15pm Update

The FAA today posted a draft report from the Boeing 737 MAX Flight Standardization Board. The FSB reviewed only the training aspects related to software enhancements to the aircraft. The report is open to public comment for 14 days. After that, the FAA will review those comments before making a final assessment. Boeing Co. is still expected in the coming weeks to submit the final software package for certification.


4/12/19 4:20pm Update

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 MAX

The FAA convened a meeting today, April 12, at the agencys Washington, D.C. headquarters with safety representatives of the three U.S.-based commercial airlines that have the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets, as well as the pilot unions for those airlines.

The approximately 3-hour meeting opened with remarks from Acting Administrator Dan Elwell and covered three major agenda items: a review of the publicly available preliminary findings of the investigations into the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents; an overview of the anticipated software enhancements to the MCAS system; and, an overview of pilot training. Each presentation corresponding to the agenda, delivered by FAA subject matter experts, allowed for an open exchange between all participants.

In his opening remarks, Elwell characterized the meeting as a listening session for the FAA to hear from the participants for a fuller understanding of the safety issues presented by the Boeing 737 MAX. Elwell said that he wanted to know what operators and pilots of the 737 MAX think as the agency evaluates what needs to be done before the FAA makes a decision to return the aircraft to service. Elwell emphasized that the same level of transparency, dialog, and all available tools that have created aviations incomparable safety record also will apply to the FAAs ongoing review of the aircrafts return to service. Elwell said that the participants operational perspective is critical input as the agency welcomes scrutiny on how it can do better. As the meeting concluded, Elwell committed to the participants that the agency values transparency on its work toward the FAAs decisions related to the aircraft.


4/4/19 6:10pm Update

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 MAX

FAA letter to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Wicker available here.


4/4/19 8:30am Update

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 MAX

The investigation by Ethiopian authorities remains ongoing, with the participation of the FAA and the NTSB.We continue to work toward a full understanding of all aspects of this accident.As we learn more about the accident and findings become available, we will take appropriate action.


4/2/19 4:00pm Update

FAA Establishes Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) for Boeing 737 MAX

The FAA is establishing a Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR). Chaired by former NTSB Chairman Chris Hart and comprised of a team of experts from the FAA, NASAand international aviation authorities, the JATR will conduct a comprehensive review of the certification of the automated flight control system on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The JATR team will evaluate aspects of the 737 MAX automated flight control system, including its design and pilots interaction with the system, to determine its compliance with all applicable regulations and to identify future enhancements that might be needed.


4/1/19 4:00pm Update

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 MAX Software Update

The FAA expects to receive Boeings final package of its software enhancement over the coming weeks for FAA approval. Time is needed for additional work by Boeing as the result of an ongoing review of the 737 MAX Flight Control System to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues. Upon receipt, the FAA will subject Boeings completed submission to a rigorous safety review. The FAA will not approve the software for installation until the agency is satisfied with the submission.


3/20/19 5:00pm Update

Update on FAA's Continued Operational Safety Activities Related to the Boeing 737 MAX Fleet

FAA issues newContinued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community on Boeing 737 MAX.


3/13/19 3:00pm Update

Statement from the FAA on Ethiopian Airlines

The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory. The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.

The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircrafts flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. An FAA team is in Ethiopia assisting the NTSB as parties to the investigation of the Flight 302 accident. The agency will continue to investigate.


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.