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FAA News - May Roundup

April 26, 2022

FAA News - May Roundup

These are just a few of the news releases for the FAA in the last month. More are available on their newsroom web page.

Women’s Contributions to Aviation
The names of Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Willa Brown, and Betty Skelton are familiar to those who have studied the history of women in aviation. But how about today’s aviation leaders? Women like Lorry Faber, Marissa Colclasure, Shannetta Griffin, and Winsome Lenfert are making their own history while creating a path for more women and girls to enjoy the thrills and rewards of flight. Their stories are told in the podcast “The Air Up There” in the episode entitled “Women in Aviation”, which can be found on the FAA’s site: https://www.faa.gov/podcasts/the_air_up_there/?file=2022-
03-25-002.mp3&permalink
or through Apple, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever podcasts are available.

Drone Research Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced drone research, education, and training grants to seven universities. Research will focus on three areas: electromagnetic compatibility, detect & avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight. e universities receiving grants are the University of North Dakota, University of Kansas, Drexel University, The Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mississippi State University, and Oregon State University. This is the second round of Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) grants, which brings the total to 15 grants. Research conducted through ASSURE is focused on helping the drone market safely grow and integrate into the nation’s airspace. For more about this, please visit: https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-awards-44-million-drone-research-grants-seven-universities.

Pilot Medical Applications
The FAA has added a new feature to MedXPress that allows pilots to track the status of their medical certificates online throughout the application and review process. Prior to adding this new feature, pilots had to call the Office of Aerospace Medicine to check their application status. As soon as an application is submitted, it will appear in the pilot’s MedXPress profile. Status updates will change as the application moves through the FAA’s review process. If an application is deferred or denied, the applicant will receive detailed information through the mail. The certification process itself does not change. To see the press release on this, please see: https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/pilots-now-able-track-medical-applications-real-time.

Zero Tolerance for Unruly Passengers
The FAA will make its Zero Tolerance policy against unruly passengers permanent. e FAA implemented the policy on Jan. 13, 2021, aer seeing a disturbing increase in unruly passenger incidents. Under the policy, the FAA issues fines to passengers for unruly behavior instead of warning letters or counseling. The Zero Tolerance policy, combined with the agency’s public awareness campaign, has helped reduce the incident rate more than 60 percent. The FAA will continue to work with its airline, labor, airport and security and law enforcement partners to continue driving down the number of incidents. To read more, visit https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-zero-tolerance-policy-against-unruly-passengers-here-stay.