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  1. May 15, 2023 · The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program is a National Airspace System (NAS)-wide information system that supports Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) goals. SWIM facilitates the data sharing requirements for NextGen, providing the digital data-sharing backbone of NextGen.

  2. May 2, 2023 · Shared-Use Airport - a U.S. Government-owned airport that is co-located with an airport specified under § 139.1 (a) and at which portions of the movement areas and safety areas are shared by both parties. Unscheduled Operation - any common carriage passenger-carrying operation for compensation or hire, using aircraft designed for at least 31 ...

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    For more than 50 years, the U.S. DOT Volpe Center has partnered with FAA to develop aviation systems and procedures that improve the efficiency and safety of global aviation. Our team develops, deploys, and manages strategies and systems for national airspace system enterprise information sharing, air traffic management systems engineering, and new...

    Our Priorities

    From our NextGen work that focuses on aviation safety, throughput, and efficiency to our work on the next generation of aircraft, our teams aim to support FAA and other aviation sponsors in providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world—and translate what we learn and do in aviation to support the needs of land and maritime. Here are examples of the kind of excellence we advance every day: 1. Alleviate air traffic congestion within the national airspace (NAS) 2. Improve th...

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    We partner with key administration officials and other federal career leaders, adding value through technical excellence, innovation, and a commitment to public service. Learn more about our sponsors.

    Our Organization

    Our Technical Center is organized into five offices—each specializing in a different facet of air traffic systems and operations: 1. Air Navigation and Surveillance 2. Air Traffic Management Systems 3. Aviation Weather and PNT Applications 4. Aviation Facilities and Business Services 5. Aviation Systems Engineering

    Jonathan Walker, PE, PhD

    Jonathan Walker, PE, PhD is the director of the Center for Communications, Navigation, Surveillance Systems and Engineering at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before joining the U.S. DOT Volpe Center, Walker served as the acting director in the Office of Corporate Research, Technology & Innovation Management at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center for FHWA. He and his staff provided corporate oversight on all FHWA Research and Technology programs. Read Jonathan W...

  3. May 3, 2023 · Safety assurance is the third component in the aviation SMS' four pillars. Long story short, safety assurance (SA) is defined by monitoring the aviation SMS' systems. Such monitoring comes in many important forms, some of which are rather obvious and some of which are often overlooked. From a layperson's perspective, safety assurance takes the ...

  4. May 2, 2023 · Some airports that are certificated under Part 139 also serve air carrier operations conducted in helicopters. Under the revised Part 139, an airport operator is not required to comply with Part 139 requirements during air carrier operations conducted in a helicopter that would otherwise meet the definition of covered air carrier operations under § 139.1(a)(1).

  5. May 1, 2023 · March 24, 2023. NBAA is soliciting feedback on the FAA’s proposal to require all Part 135 operators, certain Part 21 certificate holders and §91.147 air tour operators to implement a mandatory safety management system. FAA Releases Rule on Airport SMS Feb. 17, 2023. The FAA has released its final rule draft on airport safety management ...

  6. May 2, 2023 · Yes. Part 139.321 (b) requires an airport operator to establish and maintain fuel fire safety standards for fueling operations on the airport. This requirement is not specific to air carrier fueling; rather, it applies to all fueling operations that occur on an airport certificated under Part 139.

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