JDA Journal

By JDA Journal | JDA Journal is a forum for Joe Del Balzo, former FAA Acting Administrator and former Deputy Administrator, along with his staff and subject matter experts — who have had decades and lifelong careers in the FAA, NTSB, military, and aviation industry — to post their insights on topics pertaining to aviation safety.

Air India coming to Washington: Before 1st Flight, FAA inspectors should go to New Delhi

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The Weekly Drone Publication: UAS Digest #73

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Drones

How the Trump Administration might reconstitute the FAA?

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Trump Administration

FAA’s Super Bowl Advertisements and TFR – No Drone Zone

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Drones

Peggy Gilligan Retires from FAA after Laying Foundations of Safety Culture

Share:<p>Peggy Gilligan Retires from the FAA<p>Overcoming Many Hurdles & Leaving the FAA a Better Place<p><b>From</b>: Gilligan, Peggy (FAA) <b><br>Sent:</b> Monday, January 30, …

1st Day at DOT: Secretary Chao’s Aviation Inbox

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The FAA & Santa Monica Deal May Deteriorate National System of Airports

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FAA: from TOMBSTONE to CORNERSTONE of Safety

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The Weekly Drone Publication: UAS Digest #72

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Drones

Jibo He to Conduct R&D on Wearble Devices for the FAA & Aviation Safety

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Aviation

Table Mesa Needs Facts & Data to Influence Denver Airspace Optimization

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Aviation

An Open Letter to Secretary Chao on Recent ATC Privatization Events

Share this article:<p>An Open Letter to Secretary Chao<p>Recent Events on ATC Privatization<p>“I am cognizant of those who are in favor of it. I am cognizant …

Aviation

EAA leads the way to safety devices through the new Part 23 & PMA

Share this article:<p>EAA & FAA Fostering a New Age in Aviation Safety & Economy<p>The New Part 23 & Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) Process<p>When the FAA …

Aviation

San Diego Airport Innovation Lab: Testing Ground for New Products

Share this article:<p>San Diego International Airport Innovation Lab<p>If SMS Is Applied, This Network Could Also Deliver Tremendous Safety Benefits<p>At best …

Innovation

Houston School Shows How to Capture Prospective Aviation Students

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Houston

Here's What Your Trump Administration Aviation Team Looks Like

Share this article:<p>The Trump Administration Aviation Team<p>Executing Aviation Policy<p>This is a photograph of <b>President Trump signing the letters formally</b> …

Government

Will it be better in the Bahamas ATC in 2027?

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Aviation

Naming an Airport in Hawai’i helps promote a native son STEM role model

Share this article:<p>Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport<p>Honoring Challenger Astronaut Who Grew Up In Kealakekua<br>& Increasing STEM Visibility<p><b>“Role</b> …

Hawaii

FAA settles landmark SkyPan case for ~ 10¢ on the $

Share this article:<p>FAA Settles Skypan Case<p>Landmark FAA UAS Enforcement Case<p><b>Literally minutes before the Obama Administration was completed the FAA</b> …

Drones

Lack of ATC Disaster Contingency Plan does not mandate Privatization

Share this article:<p>ATC Disaster Contingency Plan<p>Without more explanation, it is a BIG STRETCH to claim that this deficiency proves that privatization …

Aviation

Recent gun & passenger problems need new tool to find solutions?

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Aviation

FAA a shill for corporations? Or is Rep. Lieu's quote meant to get air time?

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Government

Should the Federal Air Surgeon stand down to review 3rd Class Medical?

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Drones

The Story Behind the Pilot 3rd Class Medical Final Rule

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Government

India’s DGCA is being audited again; standards matter

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Aviation

Lessons Learned: Supreme Court’s Denial of FlyteNow's Writ of Certiorari

Share this article:<p>FlyteNow’s Writ of Certiorari<p>Extremism Is Not An Effective Strategy<p>The notion that the FAA is anti-entrepreneurial seems to be …

Drones

The Weekly Drone Publication: UAS Digest #69

→ Stall detection for drones from UAVenture – UAVenture has unveiled a feature that will be popular with the drone delivery crowd. Their AirRails …

Drones

OSHA Baggage Handler Decision Puts Administrator In Difficult Position?

Share this article:<p>OSHA Agreement with United Airlines to Protect Baggage Handlers<p>Unnecessary Pain & Risk of Debilitating Injuries Caused by Lifting …

Government

HazMat SMS Helps Shippers Lower Safety Risks & Prevent FAA Penalties

Share this article:<p>HazMat SMS (Safety Management Systems)<p>Lower Safety Risks & No FAA Penalties<p>Recently, the Google search machine delivered these two …

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