Author Archives: Steven M. Taber

Drones in the News This Week

Regulation of drones by the FAA tops the coverage of drone activity this week. Appearing before the House Subcommittee on Aviation, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whittaker said that the FAA will finalize its small drone (under 55 lbs) rule sometime in … Continue reading

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Drones Once Again Top Aviation News

Sen Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he would introduce a bill that would force drone manufacturers to implement technology that would keep “unmanned aerial vehicles” (#UAV) or “unmanned aerial systems” (#UAS) or “drones” as everyone else calls them away from … Continue reading

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Debate on Privatizing Air traffic Control Rachets Up After DOT Inspector General Issues Report.

One of the U.S House leadership’s goals for the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization is to privatize the nation’s Air Traffic Control system. Although this idea has been kicked around before (see Has The Time Come to Privatize Air Traffic Control?), … Continue reading

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FAA Fails to Address Crucial Problems In Implementing “CatEx2”

On August 3, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its Final Notice to Announce Implementation of Section 213(c)(2) CATEX and Disposition of Public Comments in the Federal Register.  This Categorical Exclusion was included in the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act … Continue reading

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FAA is serious when it comes to enforcing hazardous materials regulations

Are you shipping hazardous materials by air?  Are you sure you are not?  Ever since ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades due to a fire in the cargo hold caused by a chemical oxygen generator, the The Federal Aviation … Continue reading

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FAA Whiffs Again on “CatEx2,” Proposes Underwhelming Replacement to NAC’s “Net Noise Reduction.”

After the Congress put an aviation industry-friendly categorical exclusion into the FAA Reauthorization of 2012, the FAA could not figure out how to implement the provision that stated that in order for it to use the categorical exclusion, there had … Continue reading

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Aircraft Noise Regulation Must Be Revised to Protect the Public Health and Welfare

On February 6, 2015, an aviation industry trade group published a letter ( ) it had sent to the Secretary of Transportation and the FAA Administrator regarding, among other things, the recent events in Phoenix and exhorted the FAA in … Continue reading

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