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Government Shutdown Impact on Aviation Services

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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.

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)

Greg started his professional pilot journey in 2002 after graduating from Embry Riddle. Since that time he has accumulated over 8,000 hours working as a pilot. Greg’s professional experience includes flight instructing, animal tracking, backcountry flying, forest firefighting, passenger charter, part 135 cargo, flying for a regional airline, a national low cost airline, a legacy airline, and also working as a manager in charge of Part 135 and Part 121 training programs.

Greg Thomson