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  • Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge, new FAA reports show

    11/26/2014 6:34:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 26, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation’s skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records. Since June 1, commercial airlines, private pilots and air-traffic controllers have alerted the FAA to 25 episodes in which small drones came within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into much larger aircraft, the records show. Many of the close calls occurred during takeoffs and landings at the nation’s busiest airports, presenting...
  • FAA Takes Issue with Stadium Flyovers

    11/25/2014 10:38:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | Stephen Pope
    Remember that record flyover of 49 Van's RVs at last season's Chiefs-Raiders game in Kansas City? The FAA remembers too. In the wake of that sanctioned overflight, some pilots of Experimental-category airplanes are now receiving letters of investigation from the agency for other flights that may have run afoul of regulations.
  • Ferguson Aircraft Ban: No Fly Zone Instituted as St. Louis Airport Shut Down From Incoming Flights

    11/24/2014 11:22:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | November 25, 2014 | Zachary Stieber
    A no fly zone has been instituted above and around Ferguson, Missouri while reports are emerging that area airports are being shut down. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the no fly zone after the grand jury decision came through on Monday night in the Michael Brown shooting. Listed under the reason for the no fly zone, the agency put: “To provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” It later said that the decision stemmed partially from reports of gunshots being fired into the sky. The prohibited airspace is designated as three nautical miles around Ferguson. “On the ST LOUIS...
  • Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

    11/17/2014 5:58:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 17, 2014 5:45 PM EST | Scott Mayerowitz
    U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers? Simply put: Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks. Planes are full. Investors want a payout. And new planes are on order. In fact, fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted in 2008 when fuel prices spiked aren’t going away either. …
  • Fighter jets scramble to escort Charlotte-bound flight (2 days ago)

    10/29/2014 12:40:13 PM PDT · by knak · 8 replies
    wsoctv ^ | 10/27/14
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Channel 9 learned a plane that sparked a security scare at the airport last week was escorted by two fighter jets. But many questions remain about what caused a security scare Friday on a Charlotte-bound U.S. Airways flight. When U.S. Airways Flight 744 from Dallas landed in Charlotte Friday, the FBI kept passengers on the plane while agents questioned the crew and nine passengers. One passenger, Eric Pillmore, said a police officer told him a threatening note had been found on the plane. Meanwhile, some travelers said they deserve to know more about what that note said....
  • USAA Eyes Drones to Fast-Track Insurance Claims

    10/10/2014 8:16:00 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10-8-2014 | Matthew Rocco
    USAA wants to take to the skies in an effort to fast-track insurance claims. The financial services company, whose members include U.S. military personnel and their families, asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test unmanned aircraft last week, becoming the first insurance provider to seek an exemption. Since commercial drone use is prohibited by regulators, USAA has conducted four years of research in partnership with the FAA and public entities. The exemption would pave the way for independent testing of small drones that could help USAA quickly settle insurance claims during natural disasters.
  • Ted Cruz: FAA needs to ensure Ebola victims are kept away from U.S.

    10/06/2014 12:25:12 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/2/14 5:43 PM EDT | KATHRYN A. WOLFE
    Following reports that someone infected with Ebola has turned up in his home state of Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday asked the Federal Aviation Administration to “take every available precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the United States.”The FAA so far has responded to concerns about Ebola by saying it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is taking the lead on responding to the threat.“Due to the Obama administration’s unclear approach to addressing the threat of the Ebola virus, Americans — particularly the Texans who have possibly been exposed — deserve...
  • Sen. Cruz Tells FAA to Stop Ebola Victims Entering US

    10/03/2014 7:03:01 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 22 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 03 Oct 2014 09:47 AM | Drew MacKenzie
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has attacked the Obama administration for its "unclear" handling of the Ebola crisis, while urging the Federal Aviation Administration to take extra precautions to prevent more infected victims entering the United States. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/Ted-Cruz-Ebola-FAA-West-African-nations/2014/10/03/id/598426/#ixzz3F5g0dLUI Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • Cruz presses FAA for answers on Ebola

    10/02/2014 6:45:49 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/02/14 06:29 PM EDT | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is demanding more details on the Federal Aviation Administration’s strategy to contain Ebola amid mounting public concerns about the disease’s spread through air travel.Blasting the Obama administration’s “unclear approach to addressing the threat of the Ebola virus,” Cruz said people should know how the top U.S. travel officials are protecting them from Ebola on airlines.Cruz highlighted travel restrictions enacted by several other countries and asked whether the FAA plans to limit or suspend flights. He also asked for more details about how airline workers are trained to recognize symptoms of the disease.“It is imperative that the...
  • Ted Cruz prods FAA for travel restrictions to keep Ebola out of US, though authority unclear

    10/02/2014 3:50:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/2/14 | Todd J. Gillman
    Sen. Ted Cruz is pressuring the government to clamp down on air travel from West Africa. Citing the Liberian patient being treated in Dallas for Ebola, Cruz, R-Texas, wrote the Federal Aviation Administration demanding assurance that the FAA is “doing everything within its authority to prevent the spread of this infectious disease.” Public health authorities have insisted that a travel ban is unnecessary and potentially counterproductive. CDC director Tom Frieden reiterated the point this afternoon. But he and others also concede that screening in Liberia and other nations where Ebola is raging cannot detect or deter every infected traveler —...
  • Interim Guidance about Ebola Infection for Airline Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel

    10/02/2014 1:15:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Purpose: To give information to airlines on stopping ill travelers from boarding, managing and reporting onboard sick travelers, protecting crew and passengers from infection, and cleaning the plane and disinfecting contaminated areas. Key Points: ** A U.S. Department of Transportation rule permits airlines to deny boarding to air travelers with serious contagious diseases that could spread during flight, including travelers with possible Ebola symptoms. This rule applies to all flights of U.S. airlines, and to direct flights (no change of planes) to or from the United States by foreign airlines. ** Cabin crew should follow routine infection control precautions for...
  • Brian Howard of Naperville charged with starting fire at FAA facility in Aurora

    09/27/2014 7:45:20 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 61 replies
    ABC7Chicago ^ | 9/26/2014 | Staff
    Brian Howard, 36, of Naperville has been charged with one felony count of Destruction of Aircraft or Aircraft Facilities after he allegedly set a fire in the basement of an Aurora FAA facility, cut the feeds to the radar and damaged the communications system, forcing a ground stop at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway international airports, the FBI says. Investigators say Howard managed to do extensive damage to the host computer, as well as the lines to radar in the facility. The Air Route Control Center monitors high altitude aircraft before landing in Chicago or flying through the area.
  • Flights Halted At Chicago Airports Due To Fire At FAA Radar Center

    09/26/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by mykroar · 64 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/26/14 | CBS Chicago
    Flights at both Chicago airports have been halted Friday morning, due to a fire at Federal Aviation Administration radar facility in Aurora. Emergency crews found a man with self-inflicted wounds while putting out the fire. A ground stop was in place at O’Hare International and Midway International airports as a result of the fire. Flights headed into both airports were being diverted to other airports, while flights departing the airports were being delayed. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said fire investigators were at the scene, as part of the DuPage County Fire Investigation task force. Aurora...
  • UPDATE: Pilot Killed In Reno Air Races Crash Remembered As Founder Of Sport Class

    09/09/2014 10:25:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    KOVR CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | September 8, 2014 | Steve Large
    The Reno Fire Chief tells CBS13 the plane fell apart in the air, as it was flying low through an obstacle course during the qualifying stage of the Reno National Air Race Championships. The plane quickly hit the ground, killing Lee Behel, 64 of San Jose, a man well-known in the air racing community.
  • NASA Working The Drone Problem

    09/03/2014 8:20:35 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 1 replies
    AvWeb ^ | Sept 3, 2014 | Editors
    NASA Working The Drone Problem Amazon, Google and plenty of others are eager to use drones; the FAA is facing a deadline to allow them into the airspace; pilots are worried about how this will affect them -- and amid all this worrying, NASA scientists are working on new technology that could solve the problem.
  • FAA bans US carriers from flying over Syria

    08/18/2014 5:10:25 PM PDT · by machogirl · 22 replies
    me can't post | 08/18/14 | me
    FAA says too risky to fly over Syria. Banned US carriers from flying.
  • BREAKING: FAA Issues Flight Warning Over FERGUSON, MO – Effective Immediately

    08/12/2014 12:19:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 190 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-12-2014 | Jim Hoft
    BREAKING ALERT—–FAA WARNING –Airspace restriction over Ferguson, Missouri– All commercial pilots in the country are getting this notice.Notice to Airmen: Airspace restriction over Ferguson.FYI: Ferguson, Missouri is located right next to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri.A local commercial pilot and former military aviator informed The Gateway Pundit that there is a no fly zone and this is extremely uncommon.
  • Half of air traffic controller job offers go to people with no aviation experience

    07/31/2014 7:50:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jon Hilkevitch
    More than half of the latest batch of air-traffic controller job offers nationwide went to people with no aviation experience as part of a program designed to expand hiring among the general public, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. About 22,500 people without an aviation background initially applied. Of those, 837 were offered jobs. The remainder of the roughly 1,600 new controller slots went to more traditional applicants, including military veterans with aviation experience and accredited aviation school graduates. The hiring breakdown marks a major shift in FAA recruitment strategy, which is now geared toward trying to keep ahead of...
  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    07/28/2014 12:43:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 3:36 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was against American Airlines for $24.2 million in August 2010. That one was ultimately settled for $24.9 million as part of American’s bankruptcy proceedings, although the final settlement included other safety violations not part of the original proposal. …
  • Obama to CNBC: FAA Israel Decision Not Based on ‘Politics’

    07/24/2014 6:09:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7/24/14 | Matt Wilstein
    At the very end of an interview with CNBC’s Steve Liesman Thursday, President Barack Obama addressed the accusations, from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others, that the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to ban U.S. flights from landing in Israel for 48 hours was politically motivated. Obama called the move “purely technical,” saying the United States does not make “decisions when it comes to airline safety” based on “politics” or “even our strong alliance with Israel.” He elaborated: “The initial ban that was imposed by the FAA was based on Israel needing to show us that in fact it was safe...
  • Breaking: FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 10:38:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 7/24/14 | Staff
    The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza, AFP reports Thursday. "The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel´s Ben Gurion Airport by canceling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today," (Snip) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its ban on Tuesday after a rocket fell on a neighborhood to the north of Ben Gurion, raising fears that a commercial flight could be struck. But US Secretary State John Kerry did...
  • FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 9:43:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National Mews ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Staff
    US flights to Israel to resume after brief ban. Will European carriers follow suit? The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza, AFP reports Thursday. "Hamas does have rockets that can reach Ben Gurion airport... although the accuracy of their rockets does remain limited," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Israel had warned of the economic impact of the ban by many world airlines and said that it would be a win for Hamas, who hailed the suspension as...
  • FAA Statement–FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport

    07/23/2014 9:05:24 PM PDT · by kristinn · 64 replies
    Federal Aviation Administration ^ | Wednesay, July 23, 2014
    Press Release – FAA Statement–FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today. The cancellation is effective at approximately 11:45 p.m. EDT. Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation. The FAA’s primary mission and interest are the protection...
  • Amanda Carpenter wants answers on FAA banning flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 8:35:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    twitchy ^ | 7/23/14 | staff
    Jake Tapper âś” @jaketapper Follow AIPAC says FAA "decision appears overly harsh and excessive." Because local armed conflicts would never bring down a passenger jet? 2:40 PM - 23 Jul 2014 Jake Tapper âś” @jaketapper AIPAC says FAA "decision appears overly harsh and excessive." Because local armed conflicts would never bring down a passenger jet? Amanda Carpenter @amandacarpenter Follow @jaketapper Flights are still going to all kinds of dangerous places. Makes sense to ask how/why the decision was made.
  • FAA Extends Travel Ban to Israel for Another 24 Hours

    07/23/2014 10:17:24 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Meghan Keneally
    The FAA announced today that they have not lifted their ban against travel to or from Tel Aviv's airport and will prohibit travel to the country for an additional 24 hours. "The agency is working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible," the FAA said in a statement.
  • Kerry, Aides Undergo Metal Detector Screening Before Meeting With Egyptian President

    07/23/2014 9:40:20 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 32 replies
    CBSDC ^ | 7-23-2014 | Unknown to me
    <p>TEL AVIV, Israel (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel’s main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations aimed at halting fighting that’s left at least 31 Israelis and 650 Palestinians dead.</p>
  • Israel opens second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations

    07/23/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time. Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines. Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport. Related: • US urges deferral of travel to Israel, increases first aid to Gaza • El Al says...
  • United, Delta and USAir suspend flights to Israel - UPDATE FAA BANS US FLIGHTS, EUROPEANS FOLLOW

    07/22/2014 11:37:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/22/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    United, Delta and USAir have suspended all flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport after a Hamas rocket this afternoon landed in Yahud, some 5 kilometers from the airport (Hat Tip: NY Nana). The White House says that it did not order the flights suspended, but Delta said it made its decision in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration. Delta said it suspended service to and from its New York JFK hub "until further notice," while the Israel Airports Authority would only confirm that the carriers had suspended flight scheduled for Monday. US Airways has not yet released a...
  • John Kerry Flies to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban

    07/23/2014 1:29:04 AM PDT · by bd476 · 84 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | TEL AVIV, Israel — Jul 23, 2014, 4:12 AM ET
    John Kerry Files (sic) to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban AP and ABC NewsTEL AVIV, Israel — Jul 23, 2014, 4:12 AM ET The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during what appeared to be a crucial day in the...
  • FAA Investigating Drone-Shot Video of Fireworks over West Palm Beach

    07/09/2014 4:51:02 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 29 replies
    palm beach post ^ | 7-8-14 | Kristen Daum
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH — A man who flew a drone into a fireworks show over West Palm Beach and captured stunning video that went viral over the weekend might have to answer to federal investigators. The Federal Aviation Administration said the video is “under investigation.” “The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions,” the agency said in a statement to The Palm Beach Post. Punishments can include “a verbal warning and an order to stop...
  • Drone Laws Extend to Include Toy UAVs

    06/30/2014 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Kioskea ^ | 06/30/14 | Nicole Motta
    According to a notice released by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration last Monday, the new regulations now include Amazon drones and even some toy planes. Before Monday's notice, the FAA had distinguished model aircraft from small drones according to their usage: commercial or recreational. Hobbyists were free to use model aircraft as they pleased but with these new rules, even toy quadcopters are considered drones and require users to have special permits to operate them. The Hubsan FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter is targeted towards children but this, and other first-person-view model aircraft, will require a...
  • Close encounters on rise as small drones gain in popularity

    06/23/2014 9:29:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    On the same day last month, airline pilots trying to land at two of the nation’s busiest airports got on their radios to report the unnerving sight of small rogue drones buzzing at high altitudes. In the first incident on May 29, the pilot of a commercial airliner descending toward LaGuardia Airport saw what appeared to be a black drone with a 10-to-15-foot wingspan about 5,500 feet above Lower Manhattan, according to a previously undisclosed report filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. In the second, two airliners separately approaching Los Angeles International Airport soared past what they described as a...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers ignoring qualified students and vets

    06/10/2014 8:32:42 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    thedenverchannel.com ^ | 06/10/2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley
    DENVER - Thousands of potential FAA air traffic control trainees, with College Initiative Training (CTI) degrees or previous military experience, have been told by the federal agency they are no longer eligible for job interviews. Instead, the FAA has decided to accept less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce. "We were told through the FAA, if you want to be a controller you need to go through one of our CTI-approved programs," said CTI graduate Ryan Meryhew. In the past, Ryan Meryhew would have been considered "highly qualified" for the FAA's air...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers (Increase Diversity by eliminating Tests)

    06/03/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by equalator · 59 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 6-2-2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley
    'We've engineered the biographical questionnaire in a way that we think will promote diversity.'" The initial hurdle for all applicants was based solely on a new, online biographical questionnaire that gave test takers instant results. "It didn't ask me anything about my college experience, my grades, my scores, (and) my ability for the actual job. It asked me what sports I played in high school. What was my least favorite subject in high school. Nothing related to aviation," remembered Meryhew
  • FAA, Drones Clash on Rules for Unmanned Aircraft (FAA SWAT teams to enforce drone law soon?)

    05/14/2014 5:53:38 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 11, 2014 | Jack Nicas and
    The FAA requires every non-recreational drone user in the U.S. to seek its approval. So far, the FAA has authorized only two commercial drones, both in Alaska. Separately, the agency has fined two drone pilots, both for alleged reckless flying. In March, an administrative law judge overturned the first fine—a $10,000 penalty—ruling that the drone policy was a safety guideline and the agency had no legal authority to enforce it. The FAA is appealing. "Fewer and fewer people seem deterred by threats," said one federal official. "Nobody is asking the FAA how to proceed, so it's turned into a modern...
  • FAA: U.S. Airliner Nearly Collided With Drone in March

    05/10/2014 6:56:14 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 9, 2014 | Jack Nicas
    A U.S. airliner nearly collided with a drone over Florida earlier this year, a federal official said, a near miss that highlights risks posed by the proliferation of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies. A pilot of an American Airlines Group Inc. AAL +0.03% regional jet told officials that on March 22 he came dangerously close to a "small remotely piloted aircraft" about 2,300 feet above the ground near Tallahassee Regional Airport in Florida, said Jim Williams, head of the unmanned-aircraft office at the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Williams disclosed the incident publicly for the first time at a drone conference...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for ATC, CTI students passed over for jobs despite being qualified

    05/08/2014 4:55:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | 5/07/14 | John Hook
    **SNIP** "CTI students, much, much better. They're better trained better prepared they outperform the off the street hires," said Gilding. Anthony Foxx is the head of the Department of Transportation that oversees the FAA. This is how he described the hiring changes to Congress in March. "The FAA took an opportunity to take a broad opening of the aperture if you will to try to get a larger universe of applicants into the program," he said. "Opening the aperture", code for diversity. But just a year ago the FAA gave the CTI program a glowing review. Stating, "It is clear...
  • No Fly Zone Over Bundy Ranch Cancelled Same Day After BLM Left Bunkerville

    04/24/2014 1:53:15 AM PDT · by paltz · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/23/14 | Kerry Picket
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) or “no fly zone” over Mesquite, NV, the area which includes Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, on the same day the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) halted its cattle impoundment operation at the ranch, Breitbart News confirmed with FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor. "Our Temporary Flight Restriction website shows there are no current restrictions for Nevada. We cancelled the TFR when it was no longer needed for safety reasons. If no TFR is in place in a specific area, aircraft can freely operate provided the pilots...
  • Harmless Drones Get Federal Flak

    04/13/2014 7:22:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In March 2012, volunteers spent four days looking for a 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his home outside Houston, Texas. They found him only after volunteers reviewing images captured by a drone-mounted aerial camera saw a flash of red in a pond that had already been searched. It turned out to be a shirt worn by the child, who had drowned. That was not the first time members of Texas EquuSearch had used these small model planes to help locate a missing person. But if the Federal Aviation Administration has its way, it won't happen again. In February, the...
  • Judge dismisses FAA fine against small drone user

    03/07/2014 2:20:03 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 07, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies. Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft. FAA officials said they were reviewing the decision and had no...
  • FAA Grounds Valentine’s Flower Delivery Drone

    02/14/2014 2:45:46 PM PST · by Jean S · 4 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 2/13/14 | Matt Roush
    COMMERCE TWP. (WWJ) – A Commerce Township floral delivery company says the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded its experiment in delivering flowers by unmanned mini-helicopter. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com said the FAA has informed them that commercial drone use is only allowed on a pre-authorized, case-by-case basis — and told the company to knock it off.“Cupid’s wings have been clipped,” said the company’s CEO, Wesley Berry.But at least the FAA was nice about it, Berry said. “The FAA was extremely professional and polite,” he said. “I couldn’t have been chastised in a nicer way.”Berry said he agreed with the FAA’s characterization of delivery...
  • Use Of Drone At Hartford Crash Scene

    "The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to FOX CT News Thursday they are investigating the use of a drone at a Hartford fatal crash scene Saturday. Questions about officer safety and public privacy are emerging now after the drone was spotted above a fatal car crash on Main Street. FOX CT was the only media organization to obtain the official Hartford Police Department incident report Thursday, detailing the chain of events. According to the report, officers spotted a drone flying over the scene of the crash, in which the bodies were still in the car."
  • FAA Stops Beer Drone Delivery

    01/30/2014 11:59:11 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 116 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 30 Jan 2014 | ELIZABETH SHELD
    The Lakemaid micro brewery started delivering beer to ice fishers using drones, at least until the FAA coldly shut their operation down. The FAA is currently reviewing their policies. According to the beer company’s president, Jack Supple, “They think it’s a great idea, though they’re telling me to stop.”
  • U.S. Names Domestic Test Sites for Drone Aircraft

    12/30/2013 3:35:02 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Federal Aviation Administration will authorize test sites for drone aircraft in upstate New York, New Jersey and at least eight other states, the agency said on Monday, but integrating the aircraft into the nation’s airspace, set by Congress for 2015, will be phased in gradually. The agency picked six institutions to operate test locations, which will explore how to set safety standards, how to train and certify their ground-based pilots, how to ensure that the aircraft will operate safely even if they lose their radio links with the ground and, most of all, how to replace the traditional method...
  • Small plane crashes at big airport; no one notices

    10/29/2013 7:17:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2013 | Mike M. Ahlers
    Authorities struggled to explain how a small plane crashed at an international airport, erupted in fire, but evidently went unnoticed for hours. The incident occurred early Tuesday in Nashville. But exactly what time remains a mystery.
  • Union: FAA furloughs airline safety inspectors

    09/30/2013 8:07:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2013 10:49 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors are being furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the government shutdown, the union representing the inspectors said Monday. The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining their planes safely, conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots, and visit domestic and foreign repair stations where airlines send planes for major overhauls, among other safety jobs, said Kori Blalock Keller, a spokeswoman for the union, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists. …
  • Report: Reagan Washington National Airport Flights Grounded

    09/16/2013 6:44:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 69 replies
    WUSA-TV via Twitter ^ | Monday, September 16, 2013 | Andrea McCarren
    On board flight out of #DCA. Still on runway. Flight crew just told us "all planes have been grounded indefinitely." No reason given.@wusa9
  • Missing Airplanes Data Has FAA Scrambling to Get Control of a Huge Problem

    08/03/2013 9:58:44 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2010 | Chris Hawley, Associated Press
    The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files.About 119,000 of the aircraft on the U.S....
  • Photos of Asiana Flight 214 removal (Bandwidth warning)

    07/31/2013 9:56:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    7-25-2013
    Here are some really good photos of the crashed Boeing 777 known as Asiana Flight 214.These include pics of the interior, exterior, landing gear, engines, and removal and loading process.
  • Washington To Be Largely Absent From AirVenture This Year

    07/29/2013 3:42:06 AM PDT · by taildragger · 9 replies
    Aero-News ^ | 07/29/2013 | Site Author
    FAA Administrator Will Not Be Attending The Show FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will not be attending Oshkosh this year. And while he had a previous family engagement made months in advance, it is at the very least unfortunate timing given the ultimatum handed to EAA over air traffic control services for the show.