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FAA News for September

August 29, 2022

FAA News for September

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Secondary Flight Deck Barrier
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed requiring a second barrier to the flight deck on certain commercial airplanes. The additional barrier would protect flight decks from intrusion when the flight deck door is open. The proposed rule requires aircraft manufacturers to install a second physical barrier on airplanes produced after the rule goes into effect and used in commercial passenger service in the United States. Last year, the Biden-Harris Administration put the secondary flight deck barrier on its priority rulemaking list. During 2019 and 2020, the FAA worked with aircraft manufacturers, labor partners and others to gather recommendations that are included in today’s proposal. The Administrative Procedures Act requires FAA to follow the full rule-making process for this mandate that Congress included in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act. [To read the entire release, visit https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-moves-secondary-flight-deck-barrier-requirement-forward.]

Drone Research to Support Disaster Preparedness
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants to support research on how drones can assist in disaster preparedness and in emergencies. The research will explore the use of drones in providing effective and efficient responses to different natural and human-made disasters. It will address coordination procedures among drone operators from federal agencies as well as state and local disaster preparedness and emergency response organizations. The five universities who received the grants are: University of Vermont; University of Alabama Huntsville; New Mexico State University; North Carolina State University; and Kansas State University. This is the third round of Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) grants. [To read the full release, visit https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-awards-27m-drone-research-support-disaster-preparedness-emergency-response.]

eFAST Contract Awarded
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a contract for the Electronic Accelerated and Simplified Tasks (eFAST), which streamlines the procurement process using a web-based acquisition tool and automated workflows, to Oneidos, a venture company of O’Neil and Associates and Eidos Technologies, LLC. eFAST can reduce the time it takes to hire a contractor by as much as 65%. The contract provides a full spectrum of technical, engineering, scientific, administrative, and other professional services in support of the FAA through September 2024. [For the full release, visit
https://www.prweb.com/releases/oneil_joint_venture_named_to_7_4_billion_faa_efast_contract/prweb18826910.htm.
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