Oh… The FAA.

There’s quite the development at the FAA. More flightdelays, incidents and accidents investigations, and the confirmation hearing of the new administrator.

On Aviation™
4 min readMar 8, 2023
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It has been some time since we have focused on the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While we have discussed the FAA in the past related to rulemaking and flight delays and challenges with their NOTAM system. See ‘The Pilot Shortage — Getting “Help” From The FAA…’ and ‘More Flight Delays: This time it’s the FAA.’ respectively, we have not done so in some time.

While most of us as professionals and enthusiasts in the aviation industry may not think about the FAA until we are doing something that requires their oversight, investigation, or authorization, we generally don’t think about the FAA that much. However, rest assured, the FAA is in every aspect of aviation. They are always watching to ensure that the rules they have laid out are being followed and to take action when necessary. Therefore, it is up to us to be keen on what the FAA is doing. This not only helps our careers and activities within the aviation industry, but it will generally keep us out of trouble. Since trouble can also be defined as breaking a rule or doing something you’re not supposed to do without knowing that you’re not supposed to do it.

In this digest, we want to take a look at what’s been going on with the FAA lately. It seems there’s quite the development from new delays caused by the FAA, current ongoing investigations of incidents and accidents, and possibly most importantly the confirmation of the new FAA administrator.

Republicans vow to block Biden FAA pick as Democrats double down

Senate Democrats on Wednesday rallied behind President Biden’s long-delayed pick to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) while Republicans vowed to block the nomination. The Senate Commerce Committee has slow-walked the nomination of Phil Washington, the CEO of Denver International Airport, amid questions about his aviation experience and an ongoing corruption investigation related to his tenure as head of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.

By Karl Evers-Hillstrom | The Hill

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U.S. FAA says radar issue pausing some flights in Florida

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday it temporarily paused flights to and from parts of South Florida due to a radar issue for about an hour and many flights were still be impacted. The issue affected the FAA’s Miami and Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Centers. Flight tracking website FlightAware said more than 2,800 U.S. flights were delayed nationwide on Monday and 90 canceled.

By David Shepardson | Reuters

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Federal investigators investigate turbulence-related death

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a fatality on board a jet after it encountered severe turbulence. The event occurred yesterday when a plane was diverted to an airport in Connecticut. It comes just days after another violent incident of turbulence that injured at least seven when a commercial flight was diverted.

By | NBC News

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U.S. FAA, NTSB probe new airline runway incident

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) — U.S. aviation authorities said late on Monday they were investigating a fresh incident involving two airplanes cleared to use the same runway that forced one to abandon a landing and renewed safety questions. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating a string of recent runway incursions that have attracted national attention.

By David Shepardson | Reuters

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