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  • From The Flight Deck - Winter Weather Challenges

    From The Flight Deck - Winter Weather ChallengesFAA's From the Flight Deck video series uses cockpit mounted cameras to capture runway and taxiway footage and combines them with diagrams and visual graphics to clearly identify hot spots and other safety-sensitive items. Learn more at ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This video focuses on airport surface operations during winter weather. Failure to properly prepare for and execute appropriate cold weather airport operations has led to runway incursions, resulting in collisions with snow removal or maintenance operators, and serious runway excursion accidents. Several risk factors are present during winter weather that are not normally found during the other seasons. Contaminated surfaces including runways, taxiways, and ramps can present a major hazard to aircraft. An iced over taxiway and a strong wind can easily move a general aviation aircraft in a direction other than the direction the pilot intended. Snow drifts can obscure signage and markings both on the surface and alongside the runway or taxiway, making it difficult for the pilot to know where to hold short or turn. Several systems and initiatives are in place to help pilots better understand the surface conditions at their airport, and how they may affect aircraft performance. This video addresses three of these: 1:50 Field Condition, or FICON NOTAMS 2:31 Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment, or TALPA 2:54 Runway Condition Assessment Matrix, or RCAM These videos are intended to assist pilots in navigating complex taxiway and runway configurations ahead of actual flight operations. Cockpit and wing mounted GoPro cameras were used to capture 4K resolution video and combined with airport diagrams and visual graphics to clearly identify hot spots and other safety-sensitive items that pilots may encounter. It's better to 'know before you go' — FAA's From the Flight Deck video series is available exclusively on YouTube. Subscribe to this channel to watch actual approach and taxi footage from airports across the U.S., or visit for a map of featured locations. ---- Links and resources on this topic: FAA Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA): FAA Winter Operations: SAFO 16009, Runway Assessment and Condition Reporting and RCAM Reference Card: Icing and Cold Weather Operations (AOPA): ASI Safety Tip: Runway Conditions (Video): NBAA TALPA Video Series:

    Nov 24, 2020

  • FAA Ungrounds 737 MAX

    FAA Ungrounds 737 MAXFAA Administrator Steve Dickson discusses the final requirements for allowing Boeing's grounded 737 Max airliner to return to commercial service. For more information on the FAA's statement on the Boeing 737 MAX return to service, please visit

    Nov 17, 2020

  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Public Information Meeting

    Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Public Information MeetingLearn about the FAA’s upcoming changes to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures for arriving and departing flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) to improve safety and efficiency. The FAA will make a brief presentation at 6 PM ET, followed by a question and answer session. For more information, go to

    Nov 17, 2020

  • UPP 2 Demos – VA Tech and Rome NY

    UPP 2 Demos – VA Tech and Rome NYThe second phase of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UTM/UPP) concluded with virtual demonstrations in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and two UAS Test Sites: the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) and the New York UAS Test Site (NYUASTS). The demonstrations showcased emerging UTM capabilities that will support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations. The following capabilities were demonstrated: • The FAA UTM Flight Information Management System prototype and infrastructure, which gives FAA access to information from industry and other stakeholders on demand. • New technologies and data flows to validate the latest international standards for remote identification and support authorized users with specific operator data. • In-flight deconfliction in high-density airspace to validate recently proposed UTM standards to help drones avoid each other. • UAS volume reservations to notify drone operators of emergencies and make sure other UTM capabilities worked properly in these scenarios. • Secure information exchanges between FAA, industry, and authorized users to ensure data integrity.

    Nov 17, 2020

  • LIVE: Drone Week Event with Students

    LIVE: Drone Week Event with StudentsWatch LIVE: Join the FAA Administrator and students from the Global Air Drone Academy to learn more about how drones are used in the classroom during Drone Week.

    Nov 16, 2020

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  • Looking Upward with Urban Air Mobility

    UAM over a city Ohio State engineering student and FAA intern Adithya Ramaswami details how new initiatives in drone integration have influenced his career. By Adithya Ramaswami, FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office Intern Like many, I have always been fascinated by the power of aerospace and aviation. One defining …

    Nov 20

  • Controlled Flight Into Terrain

    FAASteam. Safer Skies through education. #FlySafe GA Safety Enhancement Topic Technological advances have improved pilot situational awareness and have dramatically reduced the number of general aviation (GA) controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents over the past 20 years. Nevertheless, CFIT accidents continue to occur and at least half of them …

    Nov 18

  • Podcast: Drones for Good

    Podcast Episode 6: Drones for Good Drones can play a functional role in public safety, farming, weather monitoring, and more. Be honest: did you immediately think to yourself, “drones are an annoying nuisance, how could they possibly bring about any good?” If you answered “yes,” the latest episode of the FAA’s podcast is …

    Nov 18

  • I’m not a drone pilot, so why should I care about drones?

    As Drone Week continues, we explore ways that drones may become a bigger part of our lives in the future. By Kenya Williams, FAA Office of Communications When it comes to drones, I might not seem like the most qualified to speak on the subject. I’m …

    Nov 18

  • Reaching the Drone Pilots Generation

    National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Nov 16–22, 2020. Drone Week continues at the FAA with lessons in STEAM education from Global Air Drone Academy. By Austin Brown, FAA-licensed pilot and Co-Founder of Global Air Media and the Global Air Drone Academy Every drone pilot sets out on their first flight on a mission, but sometimes …

    Nov 17

  • Let’s Take-Off Together!

    Photo of Liftoff of SpaceX’s CRS-17 Dragon Cargo Craft on May 4, 2020 The Federal Aviation Administration plays a critical role in commercial space launches. By Emma Duncan, FAA Communications This November’s scheduled SpaceX and NASA Falcon 9 Crew-1 launch marks the first step toward a reinvigorated mission of space exploration. The FAA’s role in this mission is …

    Nov 13

  • Dream Big. Fly Safe.

    National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Jay Merkle kicks off the National Drone Safety Awareness Week, highlighting events and initiatives throughout the week. By Jay Merkle, Executive Director of the UAS Integration Office at the Federal Aviation Administration Did you ever stop to consider that, among the “dream jobs” children often cite …

    Nov 13

  • The FAA is Doing WHAT With Maps?

    By Callie Dosberg, FAA Office of Communications They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the FAA is taking that to heart, using Geographic Information Systems ( GIS ) to better analyze data to meet its safety mission. GIS helps the FAA get …

    Nov 13

  • The FAA Thanks Our Veterans

    In recognition of Veterans Day, several of the FAA’s more than 15,000 military veterans share what the day — and their service to our nation — mean to them. By Maia Lee Sang, FAA Office of Communications Cammey Kasper — Army — Aviation Safety Office of …

    Nov 10

  • Meeting the High Standards of Success and Accomplishment

    The FAA’s Stephen Dickerson recalls his service in the Marine Corps and the lessons he carries with him to this day. Dickerson on the USS Kearsarge in 2003 while headed to the northern Arabian Gulf for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Stephen Dickerson retired from the U.S. Marine Corps …

    Nov 9

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