In January, Dr. Susan Northrup was appointed as federal air surgeon at the FAA, where she oversees the agency’s medical initiatives and aeromedical education programs. Today, she speaks with NBAA’s Doug Carr about a host of topics, including the agency’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the agency is working on several initiatives to address long-term pilot fitness challenges. “We were a critical part of the nation’s response to keeping the national airspace up and running in four major areas,” she notes. “There’s (1) the air traffic organization response, (2) extending air and medical certifications, (3) approving vaccinations for use by airmen and (4) the national and international aviation recovery guidance and proposals.”
This episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan” features:
Doug Carr, NBAA senior vice president, safety, security, sustainability and international operations
Dr. Susan Northrup, U.S. federal air surgeon, Federal Aviation Administration
Throughout February, NBAA has marked Black History Month by recognizing the significant aviation contributions of African Americans and emphasizing the importance of ensuring our industry is open and welcoming to people from all backgrounds.
The FAA has been working with NBAA and others to address privacy concerns with the Privacy ICAO Address program (PIA), which recently was expanded beyond the contiguous U.S. to include overwater routes.
Flight data monitoring and data sharing are important tools to help identify potential safety risks before they become serious issues. That said, many operators are uncertain about how they work, what equipment is needed and what this information can offer their operations. NBAA has developed a new, comprehensive resource to answer those and other questions.
In this special edition of NBAA Flight Plan, podcast host Rob Finfrock gets a few moments in between conference sessions with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to discuss the latest efforts by the association to highlight business aviation's societal benefits.