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 seeks third parties to administer online recreational drone tests
The FAA is seeking information from third parties interested in administering a new aeronautical knowledge test that recreational drone operators will be required to pass.
FAA permits Kansas team to fly drones beyond line of sight
FAA has granted a waiver to a team headed by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to fly small drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of an operator using an onboard detect-and-avoid system.
Engineers test Iris equipment to exchange real-time text messages during a 2018
France joins Europe’s Iris satellite data link program
French air navigation service provider (ANSP) DSNA has joined a consortium of European ANSPs participating in the Iris satellite-based data link program, Inmarsat announced Aug. 14.
SkyLights virtual reality headsets
British Airways trials virtual reality headsets
First-class passengers on select British Airways (BA) flights will have access to virtual reality headsets in a trial announced Aug. 14.
FAA urged to address regulations for large UAVs
The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) is calling on the FAA and White House to speed the development of regulations allowing the commercial use of large unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs).
FAA OKs drone food deliveries in North Carolina town
Drone delivery system developer Flytrex and jet charter and management company Causey Aviation said they have received FAA approval to begin food deliveries by drone in Holly Springs, North Carolina.
Europe predicts more than 70% of aircraft will meet ADS-B deadline 
Monitoring data indicates that 70%-75% of European Union (EU)-registered large aircraft will comply with Europe’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipage deadline of June 2020, according to the agency charged with coordinating the effort.
Amazon Prime Air drone MK27
Amazon petitions FAA for drone delivery authorization 
Online retailer Amazon is seeking exemptions from FAA to operate its Prime Air drone delivery service as an air carrier under the agency’s Part 135 regulation.
DHS: Avionics system vulnerability could allow flight data manipulation
A vulnerability in the avionics systems on some airliners could allow someone with access to the aircraft to manipulate the flight data that is provided to pilots, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned.
Rendering of A220-300 in JetBlue livery
JetBlue’s new A220s will have Viasat IFC system
JetBlue Airways has selected an inflight connectivity (IFC) system from Viasat for its new fleet of 70 Airbus A220-300s, Viasat announced Aug. 7.
UAV management system launched at two Swiss airports 
Swiss air navigation service provider (ANSP) Skyguide has activated an airspace management system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at two airports under Switzerland’s U-space implementation program.
Southwest Boeing 737-800
Southwest training program offers first officer positions
Southwest Airlines has established a multipath career program to train ab initio, collegiate, military and employee candidates to become first officers with the airline.
US mainline airline fleet 85% ADS-B compliant 
The US mainline airline fleet is 85% compliant with the FAA’s approaching deadline to equip aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) Out position reporting, a “compliance snapshot” presented to the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) reveals.
Chao names SkyWest CEO as NextGen Advisory Committee chairman
The FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) will reconvene after a nine-month hiatus with a new industry chairman and under the direction of a new FAA administrator.
India signs up for Aireon space-based surveillance
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed a contract to use the Aireon space-based surveillance system to track aircraft in the oceanic airspace regions off Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, Aireon announced July 25.
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