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Press Releases

April 19, 2024
Hiring window is NOW OPEN and closes at 11:59 pm ET on April 22. We're hiring 1,800 new air traffic controllers this year. If you're looking for a challenging career, join us!
April 19, 2024
In my first few months at the helm of the FAA, I toured air traffic control facilities around the country—and heard concerns about schedules that do not always allow controllers to get enough rest. I took this very seriously – and we’re taking action.
April 17, 2024

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $104,650 civil penalty against Lyon Aviation of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for alleged pilot record violations.    

The FAA alleges that Lyon Aviation failed to review all pertinent qualification and medical records for seven pilots before hiring them and allowing them to fly. The FAA also alleges Lyon Aviation failed to report those records to the FAA’s Pilots Record Database. 

April 17, 2024

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order suspending the certificate of Sawyer Aviation of Scottsdale, Arizona, for lacking required personnel. 

The FAA alleges that the charter operator has not had a director of maintenance since Oct. 21, 2023, and a chief pilot since Dec. 1, 2023. The suspension will continue until the company has qualified personnel in place. 

Sawyer Aviation must immediately surrender its certificate and faces a $16,630 penalty for each day it fails to do so. 

April 15, 2024
Latest initiative to eliminate serious close calls
April 10, 2024

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes five civil penalties totaling $2.9 million against Asia Pacific Airlines of Honolulu, Hawaii. 

The cases are as follows: 

$2,436,850 for allegedly using unqualified pilots on 163 Boeing 757 flights between Dec. 20, 2022, and Feb. 1, 2023. The FAA notified the company on Dec. 16, 2022, the pilots were unqualified but the company continued to use them. 

April 5, 2024
Projects include funding for aircraft apron parking, runway lighting, runway and taxiway improvements and more that will enhance safety and efficiency
April 5, 2024

WASHINGTON—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will open the application period to become a service supplier for the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) on May 1, 2024.  

April 1, 2024

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing recommendations to help break down barriers that prevent pilots and air traffic controllers from reporting mental health issues. The recommendations were provided by the Mental Health and Aviation Medical Clearances Rulemaking Committee, formed by the FAA in December 2023 to study the issue.

April 1, 2024

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened the application process for the Enhanced Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). The Enhanced AT-CTI will help the FAA accelerate air traffic controller hiring and training. 

“Hiring more air traffic controllers is a top priority, and we must accelerate our efforts,” said FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker. “In addition to filling every seat at the Academy, this enhanced college controller training program gives us another avenue to grow and train the workforce.”