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Williston breaks ground on new airport

WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston leaders said they're building for the future as they broke ground Monday on a new regional airport. Construction will begin this week on the $240 million Williston Basin International Airport, projected to be complete by the third quarter of 2019, said Airport Director Steven Kjergaard.

Posted 10/11/16 (Tue) read more »

New FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Go Into Effect

The new FAA Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems went into effect on Monday of this week. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the implementation of the first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or "drones").

Posted 8/31/16 (Wed) read more »

FAA Proposes Rulemaking to Further Enhance Airport Safety

Today, the FAA published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) for safety management systems (SMS) in the airport area. SMS is a formal approach to managing an organization's safety through four key components - safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. Through the SNPRM, the FAA proposes to integrate proactive hazard identification and risk-management based principles into the day-to-day operations at airports.

Posted 7/12/16 (Tue) read more »

The FAA’s New Small UAS Rule: What Airport Sponsors and Local Governments Need to Know

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its long-anticipated Final Rule (14 C.F.R. Part 107) authorizing the civil use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System. The Final Rule will be effective on August 27, 2016, 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, and establishes a framework for the routine, civil operation of UAS. Importantly, Part 107 also permits the FAA to waive the majority of its requirements on a case-by-case basis upon application with supporting documentation commensurate with the extent of the waiver request. This white paper summarizes the Final Rule

Posted 7/01/16 (Fri) read more »