The Aviation Subcommittee conducted a hearing Thursday to examine the impact that TSA regulations and policies have on the aviation passenger experience and the free flow of aviation commerce. While government, industry, labor and consumer advocacy witnesses provided testimony on how improvements to TSA procedures and programs could benefit users of the aviation system, the TSA declined to participate in the hearing.
Guidelines Developed In Conjunction With The Department Of Labor
The FAA, working with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), today proposed a new policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety. While the FAA's aviation safety regulations take precedence, the agency is proposing that OSHA be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.
Release Agency Response To Bipartisan Query About Drone Operations
With the FAA estimating that as many as 30,000 drones could be flying in U.S. skies by the year 2020, Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) have released a response from the FAA to their query about the potential privacy implications of non-military drone use.
Test Conducted At Shore-Based Facility At Pax River
The U.S. Navy, along with Northrop Grumman, have conducted the first catapult launch of an unmanned system using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. The test was conducted at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discussed the state of the nation's space agency, including science and human exploration, during his visit Thursday to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) production facility in Decatur, AL, where ULA manufactures both Atlas and Delta launch vehicles.
Airplanes Buried In Burma To Hide Them From The Japanese At The End Of WWII
The British Spitfire airplanes that have been discovered buried in crates in Burma could be flying again in three years, according to experts close to the recovery effort. The airplanes, thought to be rare Mark XIV Spitfires, were interred in August of 1945 as the Second World War was coming to an end.
“While TSA has developed some alternative procedures, there is concern that passengers and some screeners are uncertain as to what these alternative procedures are, and fears that both passengers and screeners may not always be aware of what the passengers’ rights are." Source: House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Tom Petri (R-WI) during a hearing Thursday.