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  • Federal audit blasts Denver airport land deals, says FAA gave up $71 million

    03/04/2011 8:01:52 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    ap ^ | March 3, 2011
    A scathing federal audit blasts Denver's Stapleton airport redevelopment deal, saying that the Federal Aviation Administration gave up $71 million in revenue by selling off land at the old Stapleton International Airport at less than half its value. The audit was performed by an inspector general of the Department of Transportation and released to the public on Thursday. The audit says the FAA failed to properly oversee Denver city officials as they sold off parcels after Denver International Airport replaced Stapleton in 1995.
  • Signs Of a Different Matter,North Pole Moving [Biff Buffington Reporting From Blizzard Central!!]

    01/21/2011 12:07:10 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies
    .kathyposner.com ^ | Friday, January 21, 2011 | Kathy Posner
    In April of 2009, the White Sox opening game was canceled due to a snowstorm. At the time I wrote a blog, “Global Warming? It’s snowing in April!!,” that wondered how the world could be warming up if the temperature were falling. Two recent stories about movement of the earth and moon seem to tie in. Snowmen protesting global warming. Courtesy of John M. NORTH POLE MOVING According to the Tampa Tribune, “A National Geographic News report described a gradual shift of the Earth's magnetic pole at nearly 40 miles a year toward Russia because of magnetic changes in the...
  • Laser incidents worry aviation officials

    12/10/2010 10:23:50 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 34 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | December 10, 2010
    Federal Aviation Administration officials are worried about a substantial increase in the number of people pointing lasers at aircraft cockpits, saying the intense light can distract and temporarily blind pilots and has caused some to relinquish control to their co-pilots or abort landings.This year, there have been more than 2,200 incidents reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, up from fewer than 300 in 2005. California, Texas and Florida have recorded the most, but the problem is widespread across the country.There hasn't been an air crash so far, but the incidents have aviation officials concerned.
  • FAA missing key data on 119,000 planes

    12/09/2010 11:39:09 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 26 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 10, 2010 | CHRIS HAWLEY
    NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Administration's aircraft registry is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial planes 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...
  • The Real TSA of the FAA

    11/22/2010 9:58:55 AM PST · by poetbdk · 11 replies
    http://www.politicalpoet.com/tsa_faa.asp ^ | 11-22-10 | Ben D. Kennedy
    In light of the TSA's new body scans and other outrageous violations of our freedom and liberty I thought everyone would enjoy this parody. For a full 8.5x11 image you can print out for flyers visit my website at: http://www.politicalpoet.com/tsa_faa.asp PLEASE SHARE FREELY and expose the kind of federal goverment we really have.
  • FAA panel opposes new law that requires more flying experience for pilots

    10/15/2010 12:02:19 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Business and Law ^ | 14 Oct 10 | Surojit Chatterjee
    An advisory panel of the Federal Aviation Administration has strongly protested a new safety law passed recently by the Congress that requires airline co-pilots to have equal hours of flying experience as the captains over concerns that it could lead to higher salaries for airline pilots. To become a co-pilot, also called first officers, one needs a minimum of 250 hours of flying experience but the new law has raised the threshold to 1,500 hours or the equal number of flying experience needed to become a captain. However, the advisory panel fear the law will force airlines and companies that...
  • FAA grants Nigeria its highest air safety rating

    08/25/2010 5:33:35 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 19 replies
    SIFY Finance (AP) ^ | 08.24.10 | AP Story Monkey
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted Nigeria its top air-safety rating Monday, a decision that allows Nigerian airlines to fly directly to the United States but does not address the nation's porous airport security.
  • Brown Bailout Provision ( Teamsters try to unionize FedX with legislation )

    07/31/2010 10:43:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 2+ views
    brownbailout.com ^ | July 19, 2010 | by admin
    The following is an excerpt from a commentary in Barron’s calling for legislators to keep their “hands off competition in package delivery.” Editorial Commentary: “Tilting the Playing Field”Barron’s, July 19, 2010By Thomas G. Donlan “…FedEx is defending a piece of ground called the Railway Labor Act; UPS is trying to run a tank called the National Labor Relations Act over the FedEx position.All sides in the dispute agree that FedEx has a competitive advantage over UPS because FedEx doesn’t have a union.FedEx operates under the Railway Labor Act because it was created as an airline (it would take a Ph.D....
  • Congress OKs overhaul of airline pilot rules

    07/30/2010 9:44:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | July 30, 2010 | JOAN LOWY
    Congress on Friday approved far-reaching aviation safety legislation developed in response to a deadly commuter airline crash in western New York last year. Among other things, the bill would:- Boost the minimum flight experience required to be a first officer from 250 hours to 1,500 hours... The bill also extends authority for Federal Aviation Administration programs through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30. Without the extension, FAA programs other than air traffic control would shutdown on Sunday.
  • FAA: Chelsea Clinton's wedding is a no-fly zone

    07/29/2010 11:37:23 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 36 replies · 2+ views
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | July 29, 2010
    RHINEBECK, N.Y. – Chelsea Clinton's wedding along the Hudson River will be under a no-fly zone. The Federal Aviation Administration says local airspace will be restricted from 3 p.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday evening in Rhinebeck. That's about 90 miles north of New York City. FAA spokesman Jim Peters says Thursday that decisions to restrict air space are made in consultation with other federal agencies. He could not confirm whether the Secret Service requested this one....
  • Biden's Leno Stop Clogs LAX; Passengers Furious

    07/11/2010 5:05:15 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 108 replies · 2+ views
    The Wrap ^ | 07/10/2010 | The Wrap
    Vice President Joe Biden held up airplane traffic for hours on Friday night at Los Angeles International Airport after an appearance on Jay Leno ‘s ‘Tonight Show,’ leaving restless passengers fuming. A spokesman for the vice president said he was unaware of the FAA temporary flight restriction that stopped flights coming in, and delayed those going out. “I know we didn’t ask for anything,” Biden’s spokesman James Carney told TheWrap. “There was no sign of any stoppage. And there shouldn’t have been one.” Oh, but there was. Passengers were stuck for anywhere from 45 minutes to four hours as a...
  • FAA: no ban on registrations of foreign-owner trust aircraft

    07/02/2010 8:36:43 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 2 replies
    LANDINGS 2010 ^ | 1 July 2010 | Paul Lowe
    In response to scuttlebutt that the FAA had ceased processing aircraft registrations for foreign-owner trusts, the agency sent a letter to a group of stakeholders clarifying that it has not imposed any moratorium on the issuance of pending or future registrations involving non-citizen trusts. “The FAA Aeronautical Center is continuing its past practice of issuing opinions covering non-citizen trust in accordance with its prior practice,” FAA chief counsel David Grizzle wrote in a letter addressed to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are not challenging the registration of aircraft currently registered under non-citizen trusts.” However, he said the FAA...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • AOPA opposes FCC rule that would outlaw 121.5 MHz ELTs

    06/25/2010 8:38:46 AM PDT · by Errant · 20 replies
    AOPA ^ | 21 June, 2010 | Sarah Brown
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) June 15 released the notice of a rule prohibiting the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or continued use of 121.5 MHz ELTs.” The rule would suddenly make aircraft that are in full compliance with the federal aviation regulations in violation of federal communications law. “At this time, we caution anyone against purchasing a new ELT until this issue is resolved,” said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Rob Hackman. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding at this time as to the status of this rule. As verified by the FCC, the rule has not been published in...
  • FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

    06/14/2010 2:54:35 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 40 replies · 915+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 14, 2010 | JOAN LOWY
    <p>WASHINGTON– Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground.</p>
  • FAA gives up its four-year battle to move Boise Airport controllers to Salt Lake City

    06/08/2010 9:05:32 PM PDT · by Domandred · 2 replies · 12+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 6/8/2010 | Joe Estrella
    The Federal Aviation Administration threw in the towel Tuesday and abandoned its plan to shift part of the Boise Airport air traffic control system to Salt Lake City. The agency began informing members of the Idaho Congressional delegation Tuesday that it was scrapping its controversial plan to move the Terminal Radar Approach Control system — or TRACON — now housed at the airport. The plan had been under fire from the the National Association of of Air Traffic Controllers Association, Idaho delegation members, Boise officials and the local aviation community since it was proposed in 2006.
  • FAA halts plane towing Tiger Woods taunts

    04/09/2010 1:26:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies · 1,736+ views
    SFGate ^ | April 9, 2010 | AP
    An airplane that towed banners taunting Tiger Woods about his sex scandal during the Masters has been ordered to stop until it undergoes minor repairs. Kathleen Bergen, an Atlanta-based spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said Friday that FAA flight safety inspectors issued the order after meeting with the plane's pilot. The single-engine Cessna made two flights near Augusta National as Woods played Thursday in the first round of the Masters, close enough that the banners could be read from the course.
  • Under-inflated tyres 'to blame for Blink-182 drummer Learjet crash'

    04/06/2010 6:56:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 492+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 06 Apr 2010
    Under-inflated tyres caused a learjet to crash killing four people and ... The National Transportation Safety Board also said a design flaw in the Learjet 60 and a decision by the flight's captain to abort takeoff in Columbia, South Carolina, were also at fault in the accident. Investigators told the board they found that operators of air charters often are not aware how rapidly the tires of some business jets can lose pressure and are not checking tire pressure frequently enough. "This accident didn't have to happen," ... The board also said the Federal Aviation Administration and Learjet Inc., a...
  • Depressed Pilots Can Fly on Medication, FAA Decides

    04/04/2010 1:57:58 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 585+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/3/2010 | Shirley S. Wang and Melanie Trottman
    The Federal Aviation Administration will let some pilots who take four popular antidepressants return to the skies, saying Friday that it is easing its long-standing ban on psychiatric medications. The old policy stemmed in part from concerns over possible side effects of psychiatric drugs, including sedation. But newer medications have fewer side effects, and pilots' associations have pressured the agency to reconsider the ban. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said some pilots with depression likely weren't being treated or were doing so in secret out of fear of losing their jobs. "We need to change the culture and remove the stigma...
  • FAA orders emergency 737 inspections

    03/13/2010 6:51:00 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 28 replies · 1,228+ views
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | March 13, 2010 | Unattributed
    The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered owners and operators of Boeing 737 jets to check some aircraft for loose lug bearings in the tail, according to an Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued Friday.Boeing estimates that the directive affects about 600 aircraft, which need to be inspected within 12 days. Failure of the lugs could cause vibration leading to structural failure of the horizontal fins and flaps in the tail, possibly resulting in “loss of aircraft control and structural integrity,” the agency’s directive said. Boeing issued a related service alert Friday that affected six models of 737s, the company’s biggest-selling jetliner. The...
  • Airline Industry - Death by Congress - Millions in fines for one delayed plan

    03/12/2010 8:02:45 AM PST · by geniusbyosmosis · 35 replies · 915+ views
    Dave Funk ^ | 03/12/2010 | Dave Funk
    Many of you know from hearing my stump speeches that one of life’s great unsolved mysteries to me is how anyone elected to Congress suddenly becomes an expert on everything. The new federal guidelines for fines against the airlines for takeoff delayed flights, running $27,500 per passenger are a great example of Congressional stupidity. As a thirty-one year veteran of the airline and aviation industry I could not remain silent on this one. Two assumptions here: The first is that once an airliner leaves the gate, no delays are caused by anything government does, from airport capacity limitations to air...
  • Pilot arrested on suspicion of flying stolen plane, making unauthorized landing at LA airport

    02/19/2010 4:47:48 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 42 replies · 753+ views
    AP via LA Times ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 | AP
    LOS ANGELES — Police have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of flying a small stolen plane that made an unauthorized landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Police spokesman Cleon Joseph says Skye Turner was arrested Friday afternoon, hours after he landed the Cirrus SR22 and was detained for questioning. He was booked on $20,000 bail. An employee at a flight school based in Montgomery Field in San Diego County says the plane was reported missing Thursday night. He says the plane, which belonged to a Georgia-based client of the school, was parked behind a fence on airport property.
  • EDITORIAL: While terrorists plot, the FAA parties

    12/30/2009 8:27:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 825+ views
    Wahington Times ^ | 12/30/09 | Editor
    The congressional pork barrel comes before public safety While a terrorist was plotting to kill Americans over the Christmas holidays, what was the Federal Aviation Administration doing? Why, spending $5 million on a three-week-long Christmas party, of course. A series of seminars in Atlanta officially were aimed at training managers on a new air-traffic-controller contract but degenerated into one big bash. According to ABC News, the seminars didn't even cover half of the 100 new provisions in a contract that went into effect two months ago.
  • TSA Dodges Congressional Investigation of Breach

    12/19/2009 8:47:07 AM PST · by AJKauf · 5 replies · 439+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 19 | Annie Jacobsen
    Osama bin Laden has approximately 53 half-siblings. Last week, ABC reported that 12 of them have FAA pilot’s licenses, making them “eligible to fly aircraft anywhere in the United States.” While this is indeed an eye-opener of a headline, Osama bin Laden’s high-profile siblings and the FAA are a small concern compared to the threat posed by thousands of would-be foreign pilots routinely granted pilot licenses by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). Last year, in my Pajamas Media article “Flight School Fiasco: No Lessons Learned After 9/11,” I wrote that the TSA, not the FAA, has the final say on...
  • Terrorists, Crooks Allowed to Keep FAA Pilot's Licenses

    12/18/2009 2:37:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 4 replies · 347+ views
    abcnews ^ | Dec. 18, 2009 | ERIC LONGABARDI and JOSEPH RHEE
    bipartisan group of U.S. senators has asked the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Inspector General to investigate why suspect individuals – including terrorists and drug kingpins – have been able to retain their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot's licenses. In a letter to DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner, the senators cited media reports, including an ABC News investigation, that questioned the ability of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to purge the FAA's aviation list of individuals posing a threat to transportation security. In one high-profile case reported by the Blotter, a well-known drug boss named Fernando Zevallos Gonzalez was able...
  • US Senator Little Chucky Schumer is an Embarrassment

    12/16/2009 10:05:14 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 713+ views
    NY POST/The Lid ^ | 12/16/09 | The Lid
    I have been sitting on this for all day, trying to figure out a nice way to say this but I can't find one. Chuck Schumer is an embarrassment. I am embarrassed that he is my senator, I am embarrassed that he is a public American Figure, I am embarrassed that he is a public Jewish figure...every time I see him on TV and he starts to open his mouth I cringe. The man does not care about the United States he is 100% partisan. If Elijah the Prophet showed up to announce the coming of the Messiah today (Please...
  • Raw Video: Flight 297 Passenger Brent Brown interviewed by WSBTV

    12/10/2009 8:06:37 AM PST · by cyn · 15 replies · 1,525+ views
    WSBTV ^ | 12/10/2009 | WSBTV
    TV interview of Brent Brown, head of Chesley-Brown of Atlanta, and a passenger on AirTran Flight 297. He is very well spoken and answers questions that have been brought up on the Flight 297 threads "If there is a secur He addresses the email in beginning @ 3:00 and again later. As he points out at 8:15, there is no need to embellish an already incredible story. @4:55 -- The passengers were walking around refusing to cooperate; not staying in their seats, against FAA rules, pilot turned plane around to secure the cabin. It was extremely tense, never experienced anything...
  • AirTran e-mail stirs up Internet firestorm -with video (FAA now investigating)

    12/04/2009 12:03:40 AM PST · by STARWISE · 88 replies · 4,770+ views
    KHOU ^ | 12-3-09 | Leigh Frillici
    The FAA is investigating an incident aboard an AirTran flight from Atlanta to Houston that touched off a firestorm of e-mails. AirTran Flight 297 was delayed on November 17 after a passenger refused to turn off his cell phone. *snip* According to the e-mail, Petruna and other passengers believed they witnessed a dry run for a terrorist attack. Petruna said he couldn’t talk on camera, but Chaplain Keith Robinson, who was also on the flight, did talk with us. *snip* “Flight attendants were sobbing openly,” Robinson said. Robinson said a passenger getting off the plane warned him not to get...
  • CALL7 Investigation: Planes Nearly Collide Over Colorado

    12/02/2009 4:21:26 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies · 1,943+ views
    7NEWS ^ | December 2, 2009 | Tom Burke and John Ferrugia
    Passenger Jets Were 200 Vertical Feet Apart. the FAA is investigating a Nov. 23rd incident where two passenger jets nearly collided in the airspace over Colorado. the two planes merged on Air Traffic Control radar at the same altitude and in the same moment. "They were within a blink of an eye of colliding," and "It was the ugliest thing I've ever seen in all my years." The incident is classified as an "operational error" ...a mistake made by an air traffic controller. Several planes were en route to Denver on an arrival path from the northeast, called "Sayge Six."...
  • Fliers hit delays, cancellations after network outage ( FAA is using antiquated stuff )

    11/19/2009 12:30:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 644+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov. 19, 2009, 2:57 p.m. EST | Christopher Hinton, MarketWatch
    Scheduling system had crashed three times since 2007 NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that a four-hour network failure has been resolved, though flight delays and cancellations are expected to continue to affect across the eastern United States.This is at least the third outage in just more than two years for the agency's flight-planning processing system, which tracks more than 1.5 million flight schedules a day for all domestic departures and arrivals.The FAA said a software-configuration problem with a network router was to blame for taking offline the 24-year-old system, called the National Airspace Data Interchange...
  • Flights Delayed, Canceled Nationwide Because of FAA Computer Glitch

    11/19/2009 6:12:59 AM PST · by CedarDave · 81 replies · 4,245+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | November 19, 2009 | Fox News
    DEVELOPING: An FAA computer glitch is causing flights to be delayed and canceled nationwide Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration's computer systems are experiencing problems retrieving flight plans, a spokeswoman said. "We are having a problem processing flight plan information," the FAA's Kathleen Bergen explained in a prepared statement. "We are investigating the cause of the problem. We are processing flight plans manually and expect some delays."
  • FAA Reacted Slowly to Errant Jet

    10/29/2009 10:51:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 605+ views
    wsj ^ | OCTOBER 29, 2009 | CAM SIMPSON and ANDY PASZTOR
    The Federal Aviation Administration violated its own rules by taking more than 40 minutes to alert the military after losing communication with a Northwest Airlines flight last week, according to officials familiar with internal reviews under way at several federal agencies. The delay has sparked consternation within the military, concern within the FAA and special oversight by the White House, these officials said, particularly because such time lags were supposed to be eliminated as a result of the lessons learned from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... the man charged with protecting the skies above North America, U.S. Air Force...
  • Union Fumes Over Punishment of Northwest Pilots

    10/29/2009 9:14:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 68 replies · 1,867+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 29, 2009 | Andy Pasztor
    The Federal Aviation Administration's decision to revoke the licenses of the pilots of the Northwest jetliner that lost radio contact with controllers last week threatens to disrupt voluntary safety reporting programs used by pilots, according to industry officials and aviation-safety experts. Immediately after FAA regulators on Tuesday revoked the licenses of both pilots aboard Northwest Flight 188, leaders of the largest U.S. pilot union began complaining and planning a response, these officials said. Officials of the Air Line Pilots Association decided on Wednesday that the government's enforcement move violated the spirit, and probably the letter, of voluntary incident reporting and...
  • Northwest pilots' licenses revoked; Franken calls for cockpit laptop ban

    10/27/2009 8:49:18 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 46 replies · 2,085+ views
    The licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots involved in last week's "overflying" incident were revoked today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a day after Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., called for a ban on using laptop computers in airline cockpits. The San Diego-to-Minneapolis flight overshot its destination by 150 miles because the pilots were apparently online in the cockpit (though they initially told investigators that they were distracted by a "conversation") and missed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. They didn't realize their mistake until they had reached Eau Claire, Wis., at which point they turned around and flew back...
  • FAA revokes licenses of wayward Northwest pilots

    10/27/2009 5:39:04 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 94 replies · 1,898+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 27, 2009 | JOAN LOWY
    The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday revoked the licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles. The pilots — Timothy Cheney of Gig Harbor, Wash., the captain, and Richard Cole of Salem, Ore., the first officer — told safety investigators they were working on their personal laptop computers and lost track of time and place. The pilots, who were out of communications with air traffic controllers for 91 minutes, violated numerous federal safety regulations in the incident last Wednesday night, the FAA said in a statement. The violations included failing to comply with...
  • FAA investigating Colo. balloon flight

    10/20/2009 11:37:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 551+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/20/2009 | P. Solomon Banda
    The Federal Aviation Administration has opened its own investigation into the 50-mile flight of the helium balloon that briefly delayed flights at Denver International Airport after a couple reported that their 6-year-old son may have been on board, an official said Tuesday. FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said the agency investigates civil allegations rather than criminal ones. He declined to provide details on the nature of the FAA probe or its possible outcome. Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden has said investigators believe amateur storm chasers Richard and Mayumi Heene called 911 Thursday saying they thought their son, Falcon, was aboard the...
  • Fort Collins boy in loose aircraft (6 yr old boy found hiding at home not in balloon)

    10/15/2009 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 1,767 replies · 105,796+ views
    Denver Post ^ | October 15, 2009 | Kieran Nicholson
    Rescuers are tracking and chasing a "homemade flying saucer" that is in flight with a 6-year-old, by himself, on board. The incident started this morning in Fort Collins when the boy got into the balloon-like device, which was built by an adult, and it came loose from a tether, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. The contraption could rise as high as 10,000 feet, the sheriff's office said. The home-made flying saucer was last seen in flight over Weld County. The sheriff's office is working the Federal Aviation Administration to determine how to best get the boy down. The...
  • Contact your Representative and urge them to demand the FAA enforce its rules on English.

    10/11/2009 5:56:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1,298+ views
    English First email | October 11, 2009 | English First
    Dear Tolerance Sucks Rocks: Did you know that English is the official and international language of aviation and that all repair manuals are printed only in English? It shouldn't be surprising since English is also the international language of business. But it is even more critical for aviation because, when it comes to the safety and reliability of aircraft, multiple languages would open the door for misinterpretation and mistakes. That's why Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) was shocked when he learned of an investigation launched by a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas television station which revealed the alarming fact that hundreds of aircraft...
  • Missile Possibly Launched in Liberty County (Updated: Monday, 01 Jun 2009)

    10/05/2009 1:05:47 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 84 replies · 6,506+ views
    FOX ^ | 6/1/09 | swampsniper
    HOUSTON - A missile may have just barely miss hitting a Continental Airlines flight on Friday. Liberty County sheriff deputies are meeting with the FBI and FAA to discuss this incident. Sheriff deputies say on Friday a missile may have been launched near Interstate 10 and mount Belview. A continental flight which had just taken off from Bush Intercontinental Airport may have been the target.
  • Mid-Air Collison Near Phoenix, AZ

    09/09/2009 10:55:10 AM PDT · by gura · 15 replies · 1,719+ views
    BNO News ^ | 9/9/2009 | BNO News
    From the BNO Newsroom. PHOENIX (BNO NEWS) -- A mid-air collision happened in the Phoenix area on Wednesday, a spokesman for the FAA told BNO News. According to KPHO-TV, at least one small plane came down in Coolidge, which is near Phoenix. Further details are not yet available. Refresh this page for updates.
  • Good news: Feds pulling workers away from FAA to staff exploding Cash for Clunkers bureaucracy

    08/22/2009 4:44:24 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 6 replies · 506+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 08/22/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Employees of the FAA’s air-traffic-control unit were asked to help, but the Transportation Department stressed Friday that essential safety personnel were not diverted from their duties.
  • Jokes about barbecuing a cat preceded midair crash

    08/20/2009 9:40:24 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies · 1,519+ views
    Assoc. Press ^ | 08/20/2009 | By JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON — Two minutes after he cleared a private plane for takeoff and a fateful flight over the Hudson River, an air traffic controller at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport was on the phone with a woman in the airport operations office, joking about barbecuing a dead cat. "We got plenty of gas in the grill?" the controller asked. "Fire up the cat." "Ooh, disgusting, augh, that thing was disgusting," the woman responded. According to a draft government transcript obtained by The Associated Press, the two continued to banter until seconds before the private plane collided with a tour helicopter over...
  • TSA Failed To Check FAA Lists For Terrorist Suspects

    08/20/2009 8:58:27 AM PDT · by pabianice · 10 replies · 634+ views
    AvWeb ^ | 8/20/09
    At least six individuals listed by the FBI as possible terrorists also were listed in the FAA database as pilot certificate holders as of this June, according to The New York Times. After the Times questioned the TSA about the situation, the FAA suspended all six certificates. The Times had received the list of names from a small software company that said it found the six by comparing public records, an effort the TSA apparently never made. "The T.S.A. appears not to have taken notice of the terrorists even when two of them turned up on the Federal Bureau of...
  • FAA: Traffic Controllers Did Not Contribute To Air Crash

    08/15/2009 9:21:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 1,508+ views
    NY1 ^ | Saturday, August 15, 2009
    As federal officials investigate last week's deadly collision between a helicopter and small plane over the Hudson River, new details are emerging about the conduct of an air traffic controller in the moments before the crash. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says a controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey made a phone call after clearing the single-engine Piper plane for takeoff on August 8 at 11:48 a.m. According to the Associated Press, the controller's conversation was about a dead cat that had been removed from the airport. The report says the controller then told the pilot...
  • Teterboro Air Traffic Controller Locked Himself Out for 43 Mins (3 Planes Landed)

    08/14/2009 7:30:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 2,430+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Fri, Aug 14, 2009 | BRIAN THOMPSON, ANDREW SIFF and HASANI GITTENS
    Three planes landed during "inconvenient" incidentAs investigators revealed that a Teterboro air traffic controller making a personal phone call initially failed to warn a small plane of aircraft in its way, NBC New York has learned the same tower involved in the fatal collision over the Hudson had another piece of bad luck recently. The FAA confirms the only controller on duty on the overnight shift at Teterboro airport back on July 5th was inadvertently locked out of the cab, or work area, for 43 minutes. "There was an inconvenience, but he took appropriate steps," said FAA spokesman Jim Peters....
  • Air traffic controller suspended, was chatting on phone with girlfriend during Hudson River crash

    08/13/2009 10:42:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies · 2,064+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | AUGUST 13, 2009 | BY KENNETH R. BAZINET
    The air traffic controller at Teterboro Airport was on the phone with his girlfriend during the mid-air collision over the Hudson River. His supervisor had wandered off and wasn't even in the tower. Horrified officials called their actions "unacceptable," even though they were not blamed for Saturday's crash. Both controllers - who were not immediately identified - have been suspended and will likely be fired. Crash probes by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration revealed the two controllers seriously deviated from their assignments at the time of the collision. Nine people died when a single-engine Piper...
  • Gov't watchdog questions airport stimulus projects

    08/12/2009 6:07:28 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 2 replies · 283+ views
    Oak Ridger ^ | Aug 11, 2009 | Joan Lowry
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration used economic stimulus money to pay for 50 airport projects that didn't meet the grant criteria and approved projects at four airports with a history of mismanaging federal grants, a government watchdog said Monday. Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel said he plans to examine the Federal Aviation Administration's process for selecting programs for the $1.1 billion in grant money. Among the projects that Scovel said didn't meet the FAA's minimum score was $14 million that went to Akiachak, Alaska, a town of 659 residents, to replace its airfield. The town has a seaplane and...
  • 47 spend `surreal' 6 hours on grounded plane ( 12 hours total )

    08/10/2009 5:51:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,750+ views
    Associated Press ^ | aug 10, 2009 | NOMAAN MERCHANT,
    By its sixth hour sitting on a deserted tarmac, Continental Express Flight 2816 had taken on the smell of diapers and an overwhelmed lone toilet. What should have been a 2 1/2-hour trip from Houston to Minneapolis had moved into its ninth hour, and the 47 passengers on board had burned through the free pretzels and drinks handed out early in their Friday night flight from Houston. It took 12 hours and a new flight crew for Flight 2816 to complete its journey. Passengers on another flight that had been diverted to the airport in Rochester, Minn., because of storms...
  • FAA -- Billy (Mays) Wasn't Wearing a Seat Belt on Plane

    06/28/2009 11:32:07 AM PDT · by llevrok · 128 replies · 5,981+ views
    TMZ ^ | 6/28/09
    Posted Jun 28th 2009 12:58PM by TMZ Staff The FAA is already deflecting blame for the death of Billy Mays -- claiming the legendary TV pitchman wasn't wearing a seat belt when he took a shot to the head during a rough landing on a flight he was on yesterday. Here's what we know -- Billy Mays was aboard US Airways Flight 1241 flying from Philadelphia, which landed roughly when the front tire blew out as it touched down. After the flight, Billy told FOX 13 in Tampa that something struck him in the head -- here's Billy's actual quote:...
  • Reward Offered in Rocket’s Close Call with Houston Jet

    06/15/2009 2:20:02 PM PDT · by pkajj · 47 replies · 1,765+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 15, 2009 | Dale Lezon and Cindy Horswell
    Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information what appeared to be a model rocket that nearly missed a Continental Express jet late last month. The rocket sizzled past the plane after it took off from Bush Intercontinental Airport about 8 p.m. on May 29, officials said. Investigators determined it lifted off somewhere in Chambers County, but they have been unable to find out who launched it. Ken DeFoor, chief deputy of the Liberty County sheriff's office, said the incident has generated several leads his office has turned over to the FBI. He declined to elaborate. The jet carried four...