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FAA to begin testing drone detection technologies in shared airspaces

The US Federal Aviation Administration will begin testing new technologies that detect unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in shared airspaces from later this year. The regulator has chosen five airports to host the initial tests, which form part of the FAA’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The program will include testing at

Boeing to pay US$6.6m to FAA over failure to meet safety regulations

Boeing has been ordered to pay US$6.6 million to the US Federal Aviation Administration over its failure to comply with a 2015 safety agreement, in which the planemaker pledged to improve safety oversight processes. The penalty consists of a US$5.4 million fine for not complying with the agreement, and a further US$1.21 million settlement of

FAA again under fire over MAX certification process

A new report released by the US Department of Transportation Inspector General’s office has again criticised the Federal Aviation Administration for its lack of oversight in the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. The office of the Inspector General found “weaknesses” in the agency’s initial certification of the MAX, and stated the agency is still

US regulator orders immediate inspections of certain B777 engines

The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it is nearly ready to finalise its emergency directive stipulating the immediate inspection of certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, used in the Boeing 777. The regulator’s chief administrator Steve Dickson has said the FAA has been working “nonstop” to regulate and rectify issues with the affected engines, and

FAA joins in warning of post-COVID risks in aviation

US Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson has joined others in warning of the potential risks involved in the post-COVID aviation recovery. Dickson noted specifically that the industry that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the industry “in many respects no longer exists today”. The comments were made off the back of the crisis that

FAA, Boeing issue warnings over PW4000 engines after two major failures

The US Federal Aviation Administration and planemaker Boeing have both issued warnings over Boeing 777 aircraft powered by PW4000-112 engines following United Airlines flight 328, which suffered an engine failure shortly after take-off on Saturday. UA328 rained debris over homes and yards in Broomfield, Colorado, after its right engine blew out, as passengers and witnesses

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