FAA blames software upgrade for delays of hundreds of flights

FAA blames software upgrade for delays of hundreds of flights

A software upgrade is the most likely cause of a technical problem at an air traffic control center in Virginia that forced delay of hundreds of flights along a large swath of the East Coast, said a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday.

According to the FAA, the aim behind the upgrade was to help controllers with more tools at their disposal. But the new features have been disabled till the time complete assessment of the malfunction is done by the systems contractors.

FAA approves use of Drone to Deliver Medicine in Rural Virginia: FAA

FAA approves use of Drone to Deliver Medicine in Rural Virginia: FAA

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday gave approval for the use of a drone to deliver medicine in rural Virginia. Officials hope the move will help change perceptions that the drone is either a toy or a weapon.

The WallStreet Journal reported that the demonstration was made possible because of the special FAA permit given to NASA. Frank Jones, deputy director of NASA Langley's Research Services Directorate, said in an explanation that they have been trying hard not only to develop the technology, but to develop the public's trust in the technology.

The agency said in a statement that NASA's original plan was for the drone to make six round trips with a load of 10 pounds per trip. But after two successful trips, they opted to send the remaining medicines on flight.

Panel of Experts will review Pilots' Mental Health

Panel of Experts will review Pilots' Mental Health

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Wednesday that a jury of experts will examine how the national aviation authority of the United States observes the mental health of commercial pilots. The decision has been taken after reviewing the incident of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 and crash of the Germanwings plane in March this year.

The United States and International experts who will analyze the FAA’s process to monitor pilots are from the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). According to FAA, the experts will check the methods used by the federal agency to evaluate mental and emotional state of a pilot.

Washington is ‘No Drone Zone’

Washington is ‘No Drone Zone’

In a recently passed order, Washington has been declared as ‘no drone zone’. According to reports, now no one will be allowed to fly a drone in Washington and if someone tries to violate the decision, criminal penalties will be applicable.

Before this, some of the government building such as the White House, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon were among the ‘no drone zone’ locations.

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced in a statement that Washington is now a ‘no drone zone’ and if someone has a drone, then the person has to keep it at home. According to the agency, it wants to make sure that people in the area and tourists understand that flying drone in Washington for any purpose is now against the law and violators would have to pay fine.

FAA approval to test deliveries by unmanned drones is too little too late: Paul Misener

FAA approval to test deliveries by unmanned drones is too little too late: Paul

Last week, e-commerce company Amazon was awarded with an 'experimental airworthiness certificate' by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certificate allows Amazon to test a delivery drone outdoors in the US as the company wants to deliver packages to customers by air. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Amazon blasted the FAA for the delay in the approval of commercial drone testing.

Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, told lawmakers at the hearing that the approval is too little and too late. According to him, the six-month delay in approval made the test delivery drones obsolete and irrelevant as the company has already moved past the drone design that regulators approved last week.

Drone flies without FAA’s permission

Federal-Aviation-AdministrationAccording to media reports, a small drone flew over Washington Nationals players for a few days in order to take pictures of the players in Florida during the previous month.

The drone took pictures there was not possible for human photographers. However, the drone flights had to stop as the operator had not taken the Federal Aviation Administration's permission for the flights. Team officials confirmed that they did not take permission from the authority for the flights.

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