Articles tagged “faa”

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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

Failed Southwest Jet Engine Inspected 7 Times But With Older Methods

Failed Southwest Jet Engine Inspected 7 Times But With Older Methods

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

A preliminary report from safety regulators about the engine that tore apart on an April 17 Southwest flight did not draw any conclusions, leading to more questions about any potential abnormalities that may have caused the incident. But any transparency like this so soon afterward is better than the opposite.

3 months ago

Southwest Jet Makes Unscheduled Stop After Window Issue

Southwest Jet Makes Unscheduled Stop After Window Issue

Mary Schlangenstein , Bloomberg

Maybe it was a case of understandable jitters, but Southwest Airlines was not taking any risks on Wednesday when one of its flights was diverted to Cleveland to check on an issue with a window. Probably a smart move. For passengers, and for PR.

3 months ago

Southwest Engine Maker Wanted Inspections Before Tragedy

Southwest Engine Maker Wanted Inspections Before Tragedy

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

It turns out CFM International, the manufacturer of the engine that tore apart on the Southwest jet last week, was preparing to request inspections before a passenger lost her life on the flight. That was based on an extremely rare failure on the same engine type in 2016. Will reforms be coming for safety inspections?

3 months ago