This Day in FAA History: February 25th

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19470225: CAA demonstrated a new stall warning instrument which it had developed. (See Spring 1942.)
19490225: The U.S. and Greek Governments concluded an agreement that provided for a civil aviation mission to Greece under the sponsorship of the Economic Cooperation Administration. The thirteen CAA specialists named to the mission left for Greece in April to aid in the establishment, maintenance, and operation of civil aviation facilities. CAA team also was to train Greek personnel in the operation and maintenance of the facilities, which were to provide at least minimum requirements for safe international air transportation.
19540225: The delegates to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conference in Paris signed a new agreement on the maintenance of North Atlantic weather stations. After July 1, 1954, the number of weather stations would be reduced from 10 to 9 and weather ships from 25 to 21.
19590225: In a special conference at Montreal, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), approved the distance-measuring element (DMET) as a complement to the very high frequency omnidirectional radio range (VOR). Over protests of the British delegation, which favored its own Decca Navigator System, the conferees adopted the American-developed system as a navigational-aid standard for the world’s airlines until 1975. This action extended a 1949 ICAO agreement not to require replacement of basic VOR equipment prior to January 1, 1966 to 1975.
19650225: The Douglas DC-9 made its maiden flight. On November 23, 1965 FAA type-certificated the aircraft, a twin-engine turbojet transport designed for short- to medium-haul market for operation with a two-man crew. The plane entered service with Delta on December 9.
19670225: A four-lane viaduct opened between Washington National Airport and U.S. Route 1, improving the airports accessibility by automobile. The viaduct cost $3.7 million.
19900225: In response to a congressional mandate, prohibition of smoking went into effect on virtually all scheduled U.S. domestic airline flights. Flights to or from Alaska or Hawaii scheduled to last six hours or more were excepted. The prohibition included foreign carriers operating between two points within U.S. territory. The ban did not apply to the flight deck. (See April 23, 1988, and May 7, 1996.)
20020225: FAA announced pilots could now receive up-to-date weather information in the cockpit via VHF data link mode 2 (VDL-2) avionics that supported flight information services broadcast. Pilots of properly equipped aircraft could receive text messages, including routine and special weather reports, terminal area forecasts, and pilot reports issued by the FAA or the National Weather Service at no cost. They could also receive graphic products such as weather maps, and other flight information services products available through a subscription service.
20110225: Executive Jet Management, working with the Jeppesen Company, announced it had secured FAA’s first approval for use of the iPad for aeronautical charting in all phases of flight. The approval followed three months of testing and 250 flight trials that included a successful rapid decompression test to 51,000 feet and noninterference testing.
20150225: FAA dedicated a new $16.4 million, state-of-the-art airport traffic control tower at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The new facility’s 117-foot tall airport traffic control tower was topped by a 525-square foot tower cab. A 7,200-square foot, single-story base building housed training rooms, administrative offices, and equipment rooms. FAA began working from the new tower on November 4, 2014.
20160225: Republic Airways, a regional carrier, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
20210225: FAA assessed $5.4 million in deferred civil penalties against the Boeing Company for failing to meet performance obligations under a 2015 settlement agreement. Under the 2015 agreement, Boeing pledged to change its internal processes to improve and prioritize regulatory compliance. The agreement required the company to meet specific performance targets, and authorized FAA to assess deferred penalties if it failed to do so. The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer also agreed to pay $1.21 million to settle two pending FAA enforcement cases. One case alleged the company implemented an improper structure of its FAA-approved Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program and exerted undue pressure or interfered with ODA unit members. The other case alleged it failed to follow its quality-control processes and subjected ODA members to undue pressure or interference in relation to an aircraft airworthiness inspection.
20210225: FAA implemented its Las Vegas Metroplex project, one of 11 such projects nationwide. The project used satellite navigation to create new direct routes for McCarran International Airport, Henderson Executive Airport, and North Las Vegas Airport, which automatically separated aircraft from each other and provided efficient climb and descent profiles. (See March 26, 2020; April 22, 2021.)