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All Nippon Airways places
Airbus, Boeing orders
All Nippon Airways (ANA) placed orders for Airbus and
Boeing aircraft to bolster the airline’s growing fleet.
ANA will purchase three Boeing 787-10 aircraft and five
737-800s. The agreement, when finalized, will be valued at
approximately $1.4 billion at current list prices, and ANA will
become the first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of
ANA, the launch customer of the 787, has taken more 787
deliveries than any other customer at 34 aircraft, with 46 still
ANA has also ordered seven more Airbus A321 aircraft, comprising four A321ceos and three A321neos, in addition to the firm order
for 30 A320neo family (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo) aircraft placed in July 2014.
The latest agreement brings ANA’s total order for the A320 family to 37 aircraft, which will gradually replace its existing single-aisle
fleet. ANA will be the first Japanese operator of both Sharklet-equipped A321ceo and A321neo aircraft.
ANA Airbus A321neo
US DOT issues proposed rulemaking for small UAS in commercial airspace
In a first major step to regulate the use of small unmanned aircraft
commercially in US airspace, the US Transportation Department
announced a proposed rulemaking.
Under the long-delayed small unmanned aircraft systems
(SUAS) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), aircraft must
weigh less than 55 pounds, must remain within unaided visual
line-of-sight of the operator or visual observer and can fly only in
Anyone wanting to fly a small unmanned aircraft commercially
in US airspace will have to obtain a special operator certificate and
pass a test on the “rules of the air,” but the aircraft themselves will
not require airworthiness approval, according to the proposed rule
released by FAA.
Maximum speed is restricted to 100 mph and to an altitude of
500ft. “Operations are restricted near airports and in certain airspace unless air traffic control gives permission, to provide a buffer between manned and unmanned aircraft,” FAA administrator
Michael Huerta said at a press conference Feb. 15.
The proposed rule is “a flexible regulatory framework providing
a clear roadmap for how a very large class of unmanned aircraft
system can operate in national airspace,” he said, adding “As it
becomes finalized, it will provide the most flexible regulations for
SUAS less than 55 lb. anywhere in the world.”
FAA says the proposed rule would allow routine use of SUAS
while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technologi-
cal innovation. Specifically, the NPRM seeks public comment on
whether a special category and rules should be established for
micro-UAS weighing 4. 4 lb. or less.
Huerta also said FAA research is under way into beyond line-
of-sight operations, and that the NPRM provides a mechanism to
advocate for an extension of the rule. “We are looking for people
to comment. If there is data and analysis they can present, we
encourage them to,” he said.
A private or commercial pilot’s license will not be required to fly
a SUAS, or a medical certificate. Instead, FAA proposes creating
an unmanned aircraft operator certificate with a SUAS rating. This
would allow the operator to fly any SUAS meeting the rules.
The operator would have to pass an aeronautical knowledge
test focused on airspace rules and be vetted by DOT. A recurrent
knowledge test would be required every 24 months. Huerta said
FAA would work with testing companies to make these broadly
DOT and FAA are under pressure from SUAS advocates who
want to see rapid and expanded use of unmanned aircraft across
many applications, including recreational, agricultural, search and
rescue operations, pipeline inspections and potentially dangerous
work. But there is escalating concern in the air transport community about the increased number of near misses between SUAS
and commercial airliners close to airports.
Air traffic into and out of Dubai International Airport was halted for almost an hour Jan. 26 due to members of the public flying
recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in Dubai terminal
Huerta stressed that the SUAS NPRM is “just another step”
towards the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into national
airspace. Other steps taken so far include establishing the UAS
test sites and the Section 333 exemption process to enable low-risk commercial use of UAS.