Articles tagged “faa”

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Executives at regional airlines — such as United Express, American Eagle and Delta Connection — tend to dislike newish rules requiring first officers to have 1,500 flight hours before they can fly for a larger commericial airline. But let's not forget this rule was implemented for a reason. We need experienced pilots.

1 month ago

The U.S. Air Traffic Control System May Not Be Broken After All

The U.S. Air Traffic Control System May Not Be Broken After All

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Expect a heated fight to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system as the Sept. 30 deadline for refunding the FAA approaches.

1 month ago

Airplane Turbulence Is Underreported Because of Lax Requirements

Airplane Turbulence Is Underreported Because of Lax Requirements

David Koenig, Associated Press

Strong turbulence may be underreported by U.S. airlines due to loose government regulations, but flyers still aren't likely to be injured by it.

2 months ago

Once-Rejected FAA Software Upgrade May Prevent Planes From Landing on Taxiways

Once-Rejected FAA Software Upgrade May Prevent Planes From Landing on Taxiways

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The National Transportation Safety Board had a solution six years ago that would have mitigated the risks of an aircraft landing on a crowded taxiway but the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration failed to act. No, this does not mean we need to privatize air traffic control.

2 months ago

Pivotal Ruling on Airline Seat Size Finds FAA Should Consider New Regulations

Pivotal Ruling on Airline Seat Size Finds FAA Should Consider New Regulations

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Flyers Rights, which played a prominent role in current tarmac rules, successfully convinced the court that shrinking airline seats, coupled with people being bigger, is a safety hazard because it would slow exiting the aircraft in an emergency and because of the dangers of deep vein thrombosis.

3 months ago

FAA Boss Outlines Brexit Safety Concerns for UK Aviation

FAA Boss Outlines Brexit Safety Concerns for UK Aviation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Does the UK have the resources to set up an aviation safety framework on its own or will it seek to stay in the European Aviation Safety Agency? The former would be unwise and the latter is seemingly at odds with the desire of Leave campaigners.

4 months ago

Bragging Rights for Shortest International Flight Goes to NorthStar Air Tours

Bragging Rights for Shortest International Flight Goes to NorthStar Air Tours

Associated Press

What's all the fuss about United getting the longest route ever flown, Los Angeles-Singapore, by a U.S. airline? Canadian airline NorthStar Air Tours just got the real prize -- the shortest international route, Friday Harbor Airport in Washington to Victoria Canada, in North America. There are only nine seats -- none of them lie-flat.

4 months ago

Airlines for America Characterizes FAA as ‘Hopelessly Dysfunctional’

Airlines for America Characterizes FAA as ‘Hopelessly Dysfunctional’

John McCormick and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The Federal Aviation Administration has clearly bungled improvements to air traffic control over the years but farming out such a critical system to a corporation concerned with profit and loss doesn't seem like the optimal remedy for travelers.

5 months ago

Donald Trump’s New Budget Calls for Air Traffic Control Privatization

Donald Trump’s New Budget Calls for Air Traffic Control Privatization

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

We have seen enough success from privatized air control systems, but we are not going to panic about this. But we will worry about how much competence goes into the privatization process.

7 months ago

The FAA’s Air Traffic Control Plan Has No Price Tag or End Date

The FAA’s Air Traffic Control Plan Has No Price Tag or End Date

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

We'll likely hear much more about the FAA plan in the coming months and years as President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to make infrastructure, including airports, one of the hallmarks of his domestic policy.

11 months ago

FAA Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 From All Airplanes, Threatening Criminal Charges for Non-Compliance

FAA Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 From All Airplanes, Threatening Criminal Charges for Non-Compliance

Brian Sumers , Skift

This will be a tough rule to enforce, but the U.S. government probably made the right call. Why take the risk of having a fire on an airplane, especially for a phone Samsung has recalled?

1 year ago

Allegiant Air and the FAA Agree the Airline Is Dealing With Its Safety Issues

Allegiant Air and the FAA Agree the Airline Is Dealing With Its Safety Issues

David Koenig, Associated Press

Whether it's the FAA or its own pilots, Allegiant has had trouble avoiding perception that it has safety issues.

1 year ago