What You Need to Know About FAA 2019 Drug and Alcohol Policy
FAA, also known as the Federal Aviation Administration under the DOT (U.S Department of Transportation). The FAA includes the construction and operation of airports, air traffic management, the certification of personnel and aircraft, and the protection of U.S. assets during the launch or re-entry of commercial space vehicles.
The FAA’s roles include:
- Regulating U.S. commercial space transportation
- Regulating air navigation facilities’ geometric and flight inspection standards
- Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology
- Issuing, suspending, or revoking pilot certificates
- Regulating civil aviation to promote transportation safety in the United States, especially through local offices called Flight Standards District Offices
- Developing and operating a system of air traffic controland navigation for both civil and military aircraft
- Researching and developing the National Airspace Systemand civil aeronautics
- Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation
The FAA is also broken down into four lines of business, known as LOB. Each line of business within the FAA has a specific role.
- Airports(ARP): plans and develops projects involving airports, overseeing their construction and operations. Ensures compliance with federal regulations.
- Air Traffic Organization(ATO): primary duty is to safely and efficiently move air traffic within the National Airspace System. ATO employees manage air traffic facilities including Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities (TRACONs).
- Aviation Safety(AVS): Responsible for aeronautical certification of personnel and aircraft, including pilots, airlines, and mechanics.
- Commercial Space Transportation(AST): ensures protection of U.S. assets during the launch or reentry of commercial space vehicles.
- Safety & Hazardous Materials Safety(ASH): ensures aviation safety, supports national security and promotes an efficient airspace system.
Are There Going to be Any Changes in FAA 2019?
Just like all modes of the DOT are required to have random testing, each year in December the FAA announces the percentage rate to determine how many random drug and alcohol tests are required for that year. Many people thought that the FAA would raise their percentage rate due to the ongoing opioid epidemic in the U.S. However, the FAA just announced the percentage rate for 2019. The FAA has determined that the minimum random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates starting January 1, 2019, through December 31,2019, will remain at the 25% of safety-sensitive employees for random drug testing and 10% of safety-sensitive employees for random alcohol testing.
The FAA administrator’s decision on whether or not to change the minimum annual random drug testing rate is based on the reported random drug test positive rate for the entire aviation industry. If the reported random drug test positive rate is less than 1.00%, the administrator may continue the minimum random drug testing rate at 25%.
In 2018, the random drug test positive rate was 0.659%. Therefore, the minimum random drug testing rate will remain at the 25% for the 2019 calendar year. Similarly for the alcohol testing, if the violation remains under 0.50%, the administrator can continue the minimum rate at 10%. In 2018, the random alcohol test violation rate was 0.108%. Therefore, the random alcohol testing rate will remain the same at 10% for the 2019 calendar year.
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