Articles tagged “faa”

Boeing Issues Safety Advisory for Newest Narrowbody Jet After Indonesia Crash

Boeing Issues Safety Advisory for Newest Narrowbody Jet After Indonesia Crash

Julie Johnsson, Harry Suhartono and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Airline passengers probably should not be worried about flying the Boeing 737 Max, the manufacturer's newest jet. But Boeing and safety regulators have a duty to find out what happened last week and to ensure it does not happen again.

1 week ago

What Looms for the Travel Industry in D.C. After the Midterms

What Looms for the Travel Industry in D.C. After the Midterms

Maryam Khan Cope, Skift

Midterm elections have rarely been this galvanizing or controversial. For industry observers and executives, the question remains of how changes in Washington will impact the business of travel. With a divided government, expect most of the changes to regulations to come from the Trump administration.

2 weeks ago

Tired of Being Stuffed in an Airplane Seat? Congress Is Trying to Help

Tired of Being Stuffed in an Airplane Seat? Congress Is Trying to Help

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Airlines would prefer less regulation, not more. Yet we don't expect they'll be affected much by these Congressional proposals. It should be business-as-usual if and when the bill passes.

2 months ago

FAA Inspector Ignores Safety Complaint After Getting Chummy With American Airlines Official

FAA Inspector Ignores Safety Complaint After Getting Chummy With American Airlines Official

Alan Levin andMary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Shame on you, FAA. A federal inspector befriends an American Airlines official and then fails to respond to safety complaints at the airline. Let's hope this kind of coziness isn't systemic.

4 months ago

FAA’s Inaction on Cramped Airplane Seats Spurs a Call for Protest on Safety

FAA’s Inaction on Cramped Airplane Seats Spurs a Call for Protest on Safety

Alexa Green, Bloomberg

If there's something that could get traction with the public, it's cramped seats on a plane. We've all been smushed. Watch out, FAA, on these calls for protest.

4 months ago

FAA Says Tight Confines on an Airplane Are Not a Safety Hazard

FAA Says Tight Confines on an Airplane Are Not a Safety Hazard

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

This was a non-starter from the beginning. There was no way a flyers-rights group was going to force the FAA to impose new seating standards for airlines. However, it's true that emergency evacuations are taking longer than before, so safety regulators will need to come up other strategies to speed evacuation times.

5 months ago

Federal Auditor to Investigate FAA’s Safety Oversight of Southwest Airlines

Federal Auditor to Investigate FAA’s Safety Oversight of Southwest Airlines

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Department of Transportation's inspector general has several ongoing audits trying to measure the effectiveness of the Federal Aviation Administration. That's probably a nuisance to the FAA, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Oversight is important.

5 months ago

Investigation Concludes FAA Inspectors Let Unsafe Aircraft Fly

Investigation Concludes FAA Inspectors Let Unsafe Aircraft Fly

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The fact that these oversights affected planes bearing fewer seats, used by smaller carriers, is surely of little comfort to some frequent flyers.

5 months ago

United Picks Former FAA Boss as New Chairwoman

United Picks Former FAA Boss as New Chairwoman

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Jane Garvey is likely to have a busy few years overseeing CEO Oscar Munoz, with a number of big decisions on the horizon.

6 months ago

U.S. Intends to Loosen Rules for Supersonic Jet Travel

U.S. Intends to Loosen Rules for Supersonic Jet Travel

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Boom! Supersonic flights just got one step closer to becoming a reality again, thanks to news that U.S. regulations about them are coming up for review with an intent to loosen them.

6 months ago

FAA Wants Airlines to Speed Inspection of Some Jet Engines

FAA Wants Airlines to Speed Inspection of Some Jet Engines

Richard Clough, Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Southwest has finished its inspections without finding any more fan blade cracks like the one that led to a fatal engine failure in April. Now authorities want other airlines to speed up their inspections of older engines with the highest risk of failure. Passengers would appreciate that too.

6 months ago

Department of Transportation to Audit FAA Practices Investigating Allegiant and American

Department of Transportation to Audit FAA Practices Investigating Allegiant and American

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's hard to know what to make of this. There could be something there, or the inspector general's office could just be changing the scope of its audit of the FAA to placate several members of Congress.

6 months ago