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Aireon takes control of space-based ADS-B payloads
Satellite-based surveillance system developer Aireon announced Feb. 7 that it has formally received control from Iridium Communications of the final six receiver payloads it has placed on new Iridium Next satellites, completing its space-based aircraft surveillance network.
Honeywell, Curtiss-Wright to develop new-generation CVR, FDR
Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright Corp. have partnered to develop a new generation of cockpit voice and flight-data recorders (CVR/FDR) that comply with an upcoming 25-hour CVR mandate and allow inflight access to data.
Iridium completes $3 billion Next satellite constellation 
Iridium Communications declared its new Iridium Next satellite constellation operational following more than a decade of planning and a two-year launch program.
FlightSafety asks for 90-day extension to modify simulators
FlightSafety International has requested a 90-day extension of a mandate to modify full-flight simulators for extended envelope flight training, citing the recent US government shutdown for delaying FAA approval.
ANA finds no engine failure in 787-8 dual shutdown
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has concluded there was no engine failure following a Jan. 17 incident in which both engines on a Boeing 787-8 shut down after it landed at Japan’s Osaka International Airport.
NATCA president Paul Rinaldi speaks with reporters following his address.
NATCA president: US government shutdown ‘cut us deep’ 
The 35-day shutdown of US government agencies “cut us deep” and set back FAA modernization projects, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) president Paul Rinaldi said Jan. 29.
NTSB unable to send investigators to 15 aviation accidents during shutdown
The US National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) did not send investigators to the scenes of 15 aviation accidents involving 21 fatalities during the 35-day shutdown of US government agencies that ended Jan. 25.
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Delta postpones Airbus A220 launch to Feb. 7
Delta Air Lines has postponed entry into service of its new Airbus A220-100s because FAA approvals were held up by the 35-day shutdown of US government agencies.
FAA orders ground delay for LaGuardia Airport flights 
The FAA on Jan. 25 ordered a ground delay for flights destined for New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) because of an uptick in air traffic controllers calling in sick at a distant enroute center, apparently because of the US government shutdown.
Alaska Airlines postpones new service as shutdown continues
Alaska Airlines has postponed by three weeks its plan to begin service from a new terminal at Paine Field (PAE) north of Seattle, Washington state, because FAA employees responsible for approving the service are furloughed by the ongoing US government shutdown.
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.
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