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FAA recalls inspectors, engineers to work during shutdown
FAA is recalling aviation safety inspectors and engineers to work without pay during the ongoing partial shutdown of US government agencies.
US federal judge denies NATCA request for restraining order
A federal judge on Jan. 15 declined to issue a temporary restraining order sought by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) to compel the US government to pay controllers who are required to work during the current funding shutdown.
FAA to issue new rules for drone flights over people, at night
The FAA will soon publish a proposed regulation that would allow flights of small drones for commercial purposes at night and over people under certain conditions.
NATCA sues US government over shutdown
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) on Jan. 11 filed suit against the US government, alleging its members are being unlawfully deprived of wages because of the partial government shutdown that began three weeks ago.
NATCA president Paul Rinaldi addresses shutdown rally at the US Capitol
NATCA protests ongoing partial US federal government shutdown
Supported by lawmakers and leaders of major aviation trade and labor groups, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) held a boisterous rally on the grounds of the US Capitol in Washington DC on Jan. 10 to protest the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.
New Canada drone safety rules require registration, pilot certification
Transport Canada on Jan. 9 announced new rules governing the use of small unmanned aircraft, or drones, that introduce basic and advanced categories of drone operations, both requiring owners to register their aircraft and obtain a pilot certificate.
Heathrow briefly suspends departures after drone sighting
Weeks after reported drone sightings disrupted operations at London’s Gatwick Airport, London Heathrow Airport briefly suspended departures on Jan. 8 to investigate a drone sighting.
Iridium plans Jan. 8 launch to complete Next constellation
Iridium Communications has set Jan. 8 for the eighth and final launch of its second-generation Iridium Next satellites, a milestone intended to deliver new global tracking and safety-certified communications services for the aviation industry.
New US LCC ‘Moxy’ orders 60 A220s
The new US low-cost carrier led by JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman, now known as “Moxy,” signed a firm order with Airbus for 60 A220-300 airliners, the manufacturer announced Jan. 3.
Commercial aviation fatalities in 2018 exceeded five-year average
With more than 500 fatalities, 2018 was a setback for commercial aviation safety following the record safe performance of 2017.
Instructors monitor controller candidates
US government shutdown forces FAA to close ATC academy
The partial shutdown of the US government has caused FAA to close its air traffic controller academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma—delaying controller training during a staffing shortage.
Chilean ULCC JetSMART operates nine Airbus A320-200s
Chile’s JetSMART begins flights to three Argentinean cities 
Chilean ultra-LCC JetSMART has begun flights to Argentina after obtaining an operating certificate from the Argentinian government.
IATA introduces flight turbulence data-sharing platform 
IATA unveiled a data-sharing platform to help airlines avoid turbulence during flights and named Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines as the first contributor.
Canada amends pilot flight-time, duty regulations 
Transport Canada on Dec. 12 announced amendments to Canadian Aviation Regulations that prescribe new flight- and duty-time limits for airline pilots that align with current scientific data and international standards.
WestJet Boeing 767-300
WestJet, Qantas expand codeshare partnership 
Canadian LCC WestJet has expanded its codeshare relationship with Australia’s Qantas by adding Qantas-operated flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
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