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Civilian Astronaut Wing Ceremony

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Civilian Astronaut Wing Ceremony
Washington, DC
Thursday, Feb 7, 2019

Thank you, Deputy Secretary Rosen.

Let me welcome Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose 23rd District includes China Lake and Edwards Air Force Base, as well as the Mojave Air and Space Port.

And let me welcome Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, which is helping to create new milestones in commercial space.

Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Presents Astronaut Wings to Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crew

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today pinned FAA Astronaut Wings on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crewmembers, Test Pilots Mark “Forger” Stucky and Fredrick “CJ” Sturckow.  Last year’s historic spaceflight marked the nation’s return to space on an American-made rocket, and paves the way for future travel to space with commercial spaceflight participants.

Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019

FAA Pilot Summit

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao
FAA Pilot Summit
Arlington, VA
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thank you, Dan [Elwell] for that introduction.

I would like to recognize some special guests today.  Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is with us today. 

Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Deputy FAA Administrator Dan Elwell To Serve as Acting FAA Administrator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that FAA Deputy Administrator Daniel K. Elwell will serve as Acting FAA Administrator upon the conclusion of Administrator Michael Huerta’s term.  Elwell was appointed FAA Deputy Administrator in June 2017 and will become Acting Administrator at 12:01 a.m. on January 7, 2018.  

“Dan's background as a military and commercial pilot and past leadership positions in FAA and the aviation sector ensures a seamless transition to continue the important mission of the FAA,”  said Secretary Chao.  

Updated: Saturday, January 6, 2018

News Digest DOT 102-14

DOT to Issue Final Rule Regarding Air Travel with Musical Instruments by the End of 2014.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to issue a final rule by the end of 2014 to implement section 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 regarding the carriage of musical instruments as carry-on baggage or checked baggage on commercial passenger flights operated by U.S.

Updated: Friday, November 7, 2014

PIA - Designee Information Network Selection Appointment Renewal (DIN SAR)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to carry out safety programs to ensure the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA is responsible for:

  •     Regulating civil aviation to promote safety;
  •     Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology;
  •     Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft;
  •     Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation; and
  •     Regulating United States (U.S.) commercial space transportation.

One of the programs that help the FAA fulfill this mission is the Designee Information Network Selection Appointment Renewal (DIN SAR) system. DIN SAR supports the management of all Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) designees (e.g., all engineering and manufacturing designees) and a limited number of Flight Standards Service (AFS) designees.

Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2015

PIA - ATO Application Portal (AAP)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to carry out safety programs to ensure the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA is responsible for:

  •     Regulating civil aviation to promote safety;
  •     Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology;
  •     Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft;
  •     Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation; and
  •     Regulating United States (U.S.) commercial space transportation.

One of the programs that help the FAA fulfill this mission is the ATO Application Portal (AAP), which is an Oracle-based platform that hosts and provides single sign-on capability for several ATO facility reports and applications. 

Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2015

PIA - Office of Workers Compensation Program Tracking System (OWCP)

The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 gives the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the responsibility to carry out safety programs to ensure the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA is responsible for:

  • Regulating civil aviation to promote safety;
  • Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology;
  • Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft;
  • Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation; and
  • Regulating United States (U.S.) commercial space transportation.

One of the programs that helps the FAA fulfill these responsibilities is the Office of Workers Compensation Program Tracking System (OWCP), which was created to maintain a consolidated database of information for purposes of tracking and managing all FAA workers' compensation claims.

Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2015

PIA - Labor and Employee Relations Information System (LERIS)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to carry out safety programs to ensure the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA is responsible for:

  • Regulating civil aviation to promote safety;
  • Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology;
  • Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft;
  • Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation; and
  • Regulating United States (U.S.) commercial space transportation.

One of the programs that helps the FAA fulfill this mission is the labor and Employee Relations Information System (LERIS), which is a comprehensive workload tracking system for labor-management relations, employee disciplinary matters, and Employee Assistance Program activities.  

Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2015
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