Bill Carey

Senior Editor, Aircraft Systems & Safety

Based in Washington, DC, Bill covers avionics, air traffic management and aviation safety for Aviation Week. A former daily newspaper reporter, he has covered the commercial, business and military aviation segments as well as unmanned aircraft systems. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2017, he worked for Aviation International News and Avionics and Rotor & Wing magazines.

Bill is the recipient of the National Business Aviation Association’s 2017 Gold Wing Award for his reporting on drones, and in 1997 received the British Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year award in the business aviation category. He is the author of the book, “Enter the Drones, The FAA and UAVs in America,” published in 2016.


FAA concludes rollout of ADS-B baseline services
The FAA said the last two of 155 planned airports now receive and display aircraft targets by automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), completing its final implementation goal for the program.
United Airlines Boeing 737-800
United Airlines launches new pilot recruitment program
Citing a need for 10,000 new pilots in the next decade, United Airlines announced a new “Aviate” pilot recruitment program that it said offers candidates the quickest progression from college to first officer of any major airline.
DOT IG to audit FAA NextGen ATC modernization initiative 
The US Department of Transportation inspector general’s (IG) office will audit the FAA’s long-running NextGen air traffic control (ATC) modernization effort to determine if it is delivering on expectations.
Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900
Delta wants exemption from A350 ADS-B specifications 
Delta Air Lines is seeking an exemption from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) performance requirements for its Airbus A350-900s, which fail to meet navigation accuracy specifications when transmitting their position during surface movements outside of the runway area.
Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint, Michael Huerta
Airport task force urges government drone safety monitoring
Detecting rogue drones on or near airport property should be a shared responsibility of airports and federal governments, a high-level industry group focused on the threat of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has concluded.
The Alphasat geostationary satellite will support the Iris data link.
Inmarsat, European Space Agency to begin Iris Phase 2 effort 
Satellite communications specialist Inmarsat signed a contract Oct. 2 with the European Space Agency (ESA) to begin the second phase of the Iris development program to create a satellite data link capability for aircraft flying in Europe.
A UPS Matternet quadcopter
UPS Flight Forward wins FAA approval for drone airline
UPS announced on Oct. 1 that its Flight Forward subsidiary has received the first FAA Part 135 Standard certification to use unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) for package deliveries nationwide, allowing it to operate a “drone airline.”
Airbus begins flight tests of upgraded A300 freighters for UPS
Airbus started flight tests Sept. 12 of the first of 52 UPS Airlines A300-600 freighters undergoing major flight deck upgrades designed to keep the fleet operating until at least 2030.
Thales, CAAS to establish ATM lab in Singapore
Thales and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have signed an agreement to establish a Joint Aviation Innovation Research (AIR) laboratory in Singapore.
US drone makers launch buy-American campaign
Three US drone manufacturers are mounting a buy-American campaign, arguing that widespread use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made in China is suppressing the domestic industry and helping to develop Chinese military capabilities.
ADS-B equipage rates increasing, DOT IG says
The rate of equipage for the FAA’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) mandate increased by 69% across aviation segments between 2018-2019, the US Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) has reported in a letter to Congress.
Study: Airlines with reliable IFE can win $33 billion in market share 
Airlines that have installed reliable inflight connectivity systems have an opportunity win $33 billion in market share from their competitors, according to economic modeling by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in association with satellite company Inmarsat.
FAA delays release of remote ID draft rule for drones 
The FAA has postponed the release of a draft rulemaking for remote identification of drones by two months until December, delaying definition of a means of identifying small unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) from the ground that is considered essential to expanding their use.
Cathay Pacific 777-300ER
Cathay Pacific to buy Boeing 777-9 simulator 
Textron subsidiary TRU Simulation + Training will provide a Boeing 777-9 full flight simulator (FFS) and two other flight training devices to Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways, TRU announced Sept. 4.
Drone collision testing using an anthropomorphic crash test dummy.
Study: Range criteria ‘overly conservative’ for drones 
National test range criteria used to determine the probability of death or injury from being struck by a small drone are overly conservative, a second-phase Ground Collision Severity Evaluation has found.
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