Articles tagged “faa”

Air Traffic Control Privatization Is On the Agenda

Air Traffic Control Privatization Is On the Agenda

Alan Levin and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

Privatizing the FAA could be a way to modernize the agency and make it more adaptable to new technology but there are plenty of potential pitfalls, as well.

2 weeks ago

How U.S. Travel Is Impacted by the Government Shutdown

How U.S. Travel Is Impacted by the Government Shutdown

Christopher Flavelle , Bloomberg

The impact won't be drastic in the first few days, but the longer the U.S. government shutdown lasts, the more severe the consequences will be for the U.S. travel industry and visitors. In Washington, D.C., the inmates are running the asylum.

1 month ago

FAA Chief Ends His Term This Weekend With No Successor Lined Up

FAA Chief Ends His Term This Weekend With No Successor Lined Up

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

By most accounts, Obama-appointed FAA chief Michael Huerta was a competent leader of the nation's aviation safety regulator. But the new president has a right to name a replacement, and it was highly unlikely Huerta would stay beyond the end of his five-year term.

2 months ago

House Transportation Committee Chairman to Retire After Infrastructure Push

House Transportation Committee Chairman to Retire After Infrastructure Push

Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg

This year U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster will step down as House transportation committee chairman. He has been unable to achieve many industry goals, such as the privatization of U.S. air traffic control.

2 months ago

Trump Erroneously Takes Credit for 2017 Airline Safety Mark

Trump Erroneously Takes Credit for 2017 Airline Safety Mark

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The buck stops in the oval office, but Trump had absolutely no influence over aviation safety in 2017. Let's see how the President's drive to reduce regulation impacts aviation safety this year, and whether an infrastructure law gets passed that invests in modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system.

2 months ago

Atlanta International Airport Power Outage Leads to More Than 1,000 Flight Cancellations

Atlanta International Airport Power Outage Leads to More Than 1,000 Flight Cancellations

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press

When power goes out — and the terminals go dark — at the world's busiest airport it's not fun for anyone. The delays, cancellations and diversions will likely be felt throughout the aviation system for days. If reports are correct, airport and utility authorities will have to answer why the emergency power failed, as well.

2 months ago

FAA NextGen Can Be a Big Headache for Communities Around New Flight Paths

FAA NextGen Can Be a Big Headache for Communities Around New Flight Paths

Anita Snow and Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Flight-path changes associated with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen initiative meant headaches to people who find themselves directly below the revised routes. A federal appeals court ruled that the FAA, in its bureaucratic glory, didn't really want to listen to complainants. There are no easy answers, but the FAA has to do better than this.

4 months ago

The U.S. Urges Airlines to Ban Laptops in Checked Bags

The U.S. Urges Airlines to Ban Laptops in Checked Bags

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Watchdog groups questioned the safety of transporting large numbers of laptops in checked baggage when the U.S. and UK governments banned those devices in the cabin on some international flights. The message from the FAA now shows that those groups were right to be concerned.

4 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

7 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.

7 months ago