aviation officials are no longer allowing foreign airlines to land alongside another plane when touching down at San Francisco International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it implemented the change Sunday to minimize distractions during a critical phase of flight. The change comes in Privateaircharters.com the aftermath of the Asiana Airlines crash, and on same day the FAA started advising foreign airlines to use a GPS system instead of visual reckonings when landing at SFO. FAA Imposes Landing Restrictions On Foreign Jets At SFO KCBS Holly Quan Reports
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FAA approves first drones for commercial operations in US airspace
Leading Company SMS is becoming the international aviation industry standard and the next step in the evolution of aviation safety. At the forefront of implementing this benchmark program, EagleMed is part of an elite minority in the country validated by the FAA to achieve SMS Level 2 Status, said EagleMed President Larry Bugg. Safety is our core value and the fundamental underpinning for everything we do; therefore, we are committed to every practice and principle of SMS and are determined to achieve SMS Level 4 Status. According to the SMS Implementation Support Team (IST) Newsletter , EagleMeds achievement is in large part due to company president Larry Bugg and Director of Safety Lance Hofmanns commitment to SMS and the hard work, dedication, and leadership of their implementation team. Within the FAA Central Region, EagleMed is one of only two FAA Part 135 charter certificate holders implementing the rigorous, five-phase SMS safety discipline. The FAA conducted EagleMeds Level 1 validation meeting on June 26, 2013 and the company is planning to exit Level 2 by the end of the year on its way to pursuing all levels of the system. State-of-the-Art Equipment and Safety Focus EagleMed maintains a fully staffed, technologically advanced, 24-hour communications center in Wichita.
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EagleMed Reaches Level 2 of FAA Safety Management System
Seppala posted Jul 31st, 2013 at 5:36 AM 0 Insitu’s Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment’s Puma (above) are the first UAVs to snag FAA approval for commercial operations, and they’re set to take to the skies later this summer. Prior to this, the only way the private sector could fly an unmanned vessel in US airspace was with an experimental airworthiness certification — and that cert prohibits business activities. It’s worth noting that these craft weigh less than 55 pounds and measure four and a half feet long; they aren’t Predator drones , by any means. Come August, a “major energy company” will use the X200 to patrol the Alaskan coast, keeping an eye on ice floes and migrating whales where the firm is doing petroleum exploration. Plans for the Puma sound slightly more action-packed, as it’s expected to support oil spill emergency response-crews and watch over wildlife in the Beaufort Sea.
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