Monthly Archives: January 2013

Department of Transportation Inspector General Initiates Audit of FAA’s Information Security Controls of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast System

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct an  assessment of how security issues are addressed in the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system’s overall design and implementation. … Continue reading

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FAA’s DNL Noise Standards Allow Significant Health Risks to Communities Surrounding Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration last reviewed the technical bases for its noise policies in 1992.  The “day-night average sound level” (DNL), which is used by the FAA for establishing the “threshold of significant impact” under NEPA and the levels below … Continue reading

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Pinnacle Airlines and Trans States Airlines Totaling $908,000

On Monday, January 7, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration stated that it has proposed to seek $908,000 in civil penalties against Memphis, Tennessee’s Pinnacle Airlines and Bridgeton, Missouri’s Trans States Airlines. The FAA said that it would seek $633,000 in … Continue reading

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DOT Inspector General To Assess Air Traffic Controller Productivity

At the request of outgoing Chairmen Petri (House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) and Mica (Subcommittee on Aviation), the Department of Transportation Inspector General announced on January 4, 2013, that it would be undertaking an audit to determine whether FAA’s air … Continue reading

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