As the federal government goes into another shutdown the aviation sector will be able to continue operating. However, some services and functions will not be available form government agencies.

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Services Continuing to Function

The following aviation-related services will continue to function as the federal government is shutdown:

  • FAA Registry which is responsible for aircraft registrations, renewals and other critical registry functions
  • Air Traffic Control (ATC)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints will remain open
  • Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) and Drone Zone are Operational
  • Custom Border Patrol will continue to function

Services That Will Be Shutdown

The following aviation-related services will not be available during the federal government shutdown:

  • Issuance of airmen certificates
  • Aeronautical Central Counsel is closed which means some FAA legal opinions will not be available
  • Updates to FAA website and social media accounts will not be functioning
  • Department of Transportation will suspend all non-essential legal functions related to acquisitions, aviation licensing, regulatory policies, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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About Greg Thomson

Greg started his professional pilot journey in 2002 after graduating from Embry Riddle. Since that time he has accumulated over 7,000 hours working as a pilot. Greg’s professional experience includes flight instructing, animal tracking, backcountry flying, forest firefighting, passenger charter, part 135 cargo, and flying for a regional airline. Greg took a 5 year hiatus from flying and worked in software development and marketing. He has since returned to flying as a cargo pilot. Greg enjoys educating and helping pilots improve their professional lives and is passionate about applying technology and new methods to help with traditional challenges.