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September 12, 2001 | Matea Gold and Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
In the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States, hijackers struck at the preeminent symbols of the nation's wealth and might Tuesday, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and killing or injuring thousands of people. As a horrified nation watched on television, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan collapsed into flaming rubble after two Boeing 767s rammed their upper stories. A third airliner, a Boeing 757, flattened one of the Pentagon's five sides.
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April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Brian Bennett and Joseph Serna
The teen stowaway who survived a flight from San Jose to Hawaii in a wheel well of a jet is recovering and could be reunited with his family soon. The boy spent Tuesday "resting comfortably" in a Hawaii hospital, said Kayla Rosenfeld of the state's Department of Human Services. Officials with child welfare services, which now has custody of the teen, are making arrangements to send him home, she said. Santa Clara Unified School District spokeswoman Jennifer Dericco confirmed the teenager was a high school student in the district, but declined to say where, citing privacy concerns.
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September 13, 2011 | By Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau
The House of Representatives on Tuesday quickly and unanimously passed a bill temporarily extending funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and federal highway programs.   Funding for more than a million federal employees and construction jobs was set to expire by Oct. 1 if extensions were not passed, and though both parties had their misgivings about the bill, no House members wanted to be tied to such a job loss. The FAA's funding through Jan. 31 comes from the 22nd consecutive extension bill since the last long-term funding bill for it expired in 2007.
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April 21, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Authorities said it was a "miracle" that a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. Security video from San Jose's Mineta International Airport verified that the teen hopped a fence and made his way to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, then managed to climb up the wheel well of the plane and stow away without being detected. He emerged unharmed despite freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen on a flight that reached an altitude of 38,000 feet, an FBI official said.
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December 6, 2011 | By James Oliphant
The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Randy Babbitt, has resigned after his arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated in Virginia. Babbitt, 65, had been placed on administrative leave Monday. He offered his resignation Tuesday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who accepted. “As FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt has been a dedicated public servant and outstanding leader.  I'm proud to say that we have the safest aviation system in the world, and thanks to Randy's stewardship, it became safer and stronger," LaHood said in a statement.
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August 3, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc
For the second straight day, President Obama pressured Congress to come back to Washington and resolve an ongoing stalemate that has put thousands of Federal Aviation Administration employees on an abrupt, unpaid leave and left the agency unable to collect ticket fees to the tune of $200 million a week. Congress adjourned this week after passage of the debt-ceiling bill, and is not expected to return until September. By that time, the loss of revenue from ticket fees could amount to $1 billion.
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March 8, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
The Federal Aviation Administration has taken the first concrete step toward allowing drones to fly alongside passenger airplanes in the United States. As required by a law signed by President Obama in February, the FAA is moving forward with a plan to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace by 2015. In a notice to be published Friday, the FAA is seeking advice on how to select six places across the country that will be used for testing how to safely fly drones in the same area as traditional planes.
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September 13, 2011 | By Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau
The House of Representatives on Tuesday quickly and unanimously passed a bill temporarily extending funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and federal highway programs. Funding for more than 1 million federal employees and construction jobs was set to expire by Oct. 1 if extensions were not passed. Though both parties had misgivings about the bill, no House members wanted to be tied to a big job loss. The FAA's funding through Jan. 31 comes from the 22nd consecutive extension bill since the last long-term funding bill expired in 2007.
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June 29, 2012 | Bloomberg News
U.S. regulators warned manufacturers of so-called light-sport aircraft that many of them are violating safety standards and could be shut down. Most makers aren't following rules that were streamlined to help a struggling industry, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a Federal Register filing Thursday. Manufacturers audited by the agency couldn't prove that planes were properly built and inspected, and weren't able to notify plane owners of safety directives, the FAA said.
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March 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Federal officials said on Tuesday that they are investigating a report from a pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet who said he saw an unmanned aircraft or drone in the skies over Brooklyn. The Alitalia pilot told officials that he saw the aircraft as he approached the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday afternoon. The pilot said the aircraft was four to five miles southeast of the airport and was flying at an altitude of about 1,500 feet. "We saw a drone, a drone aircraft," the pilot can be heard on radio calls captured by LiveATC.net, a website that posts air traffic communications.
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April 10, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Significant holes in record keeping at Los Angeles International Airport and inadequate oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration has made it difficult to ensure that millions of dollars in airport revenue are being spent properly for law enforcement, a new government audit has found. The review by the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general revealed that Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of LAX, has paid at least $7.9 million in the last few years to the Los Angeles Police Department without documentation showing that the services provided were airport-related.
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March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Five airline pilots reported that their planes were struck by lightning as rain fell in the Bay Area, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday night. The strikes were reported around San Francisco International Airport during a roughly half-hour period that began at 12:15 p.m. Monday, said Ian Gregor, FAA spokesman in Los Angeles. None of the pilots reported damage or requested special assistance, he said. The planes were from Alaska, Horizon, United and United Arab Emirates airlines, the agency said.
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March 26, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
The Santa Monica City Council late Tuesday took a major step toward closing all or part of the city's airport after July 2015 -- a controversial move that could result in years of additional court battles with the federal government. On a 6-0 vote, the council decided to develop and evaluate a strategy to scale back flight operations, cut the 5,000-foot runway by 2,000 feet and reduce aviation related services, such as fuel sales and flight schools. The decision also calls for the city to consider converting airport land to low-impact non-aviation uses.
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March 19, 2014 | By Dominic Gates
SEATTLE - A review of crucial systems on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner ordered immediately after two serious 787 battery failures in January 2013 has concluded that the jetliner is safe, meets design standards and is about as reliable as other Boeing aircraft were after being introduced, according to a final report published Wednesday. The review, conducted by Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co. technical experts, also validates the oversight role played by the regulatory agency, concluding that "the FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues.
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February 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
A congressman who has called for government regulations to reduce helicopter noise in Los Angeles County criticized the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday for its effort to develop voluntary guidelines for local chopper flights. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said he was concerned the FAA has not come up with a timeline for action as requested by lawmakers and has targeted only three areas of the county to study: Torrance, Hollywood and the Cahuenga Pass. Without a full evaluation of helicopter operations in the entire county, Schiff said the FAA will not understand the extent of the problems facing homeowners and businesses.
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January 31, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded the safety rating of India's commercial airlines, saying the country's commercial carriers fell short of international standards. The FAA's announcement Friday means that India-based airlines can continue to operate in and out of the U.S. but cannot establish new service to this country. The downgrade signifies that India does not comply with the international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations.
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February 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
A congressman who has called for government regulations to reduce helicopter noise in Los Angeles County criticized the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday for its effort to develop voluntary guidelines for local chopper flights. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said he was concerned the FAA has not come up with a timeline for action as requested by lawmakers and has targeted only three areas of the county to study: Torrance, Hollywood and the Cahuenga Pass. Without a full evaluation of helicopter operations in the entire county, Schiff said the FAA will not understand the extent of the problems facing homeowners and businesses.
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December 5, 2011 | By James Oliphant
The head of the Federal Aviation Administration has been placed on administrative leave after his arrest over the weekend for allegedly driving while intoxicated in Virginia, according to the Associated Press. Randy Babbitt, 65, was arrested by police in Fairfax, Va. Saturday for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road. Babbitt cooperated with the arrest and was released on his recognizance after posting a bond, the Fairfax police department said in a release. The FAA had no immediate comment.
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January 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections Monday of Boeing 767 jets to check for problems that could result in a "possible loss of control of the airplane," according to a notice published in the Federal Register.  Monday's order is the latest in a string of inspections dating back to 2000. The FAA is calling for inspections of the horizontal flight-control surfaces, called elevators, that help the jets climb and descend. The agency said faulty parts could result "in a significant pitch upset" and cause pilots to lose control of the aircraft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Richard Simon
For years, residents across Los Angeles County have complained about noise from low-flying helicopters, some of them carrying sightseers, paparazzi and even real estate agents. But new legislation, tucked into the massive federal spending bill approved by Congress last week, could offer relief. The legislation requires the Federal Aviation Administration, within a year, to begin writing flight regulations to reduce the noise unless it can show that voluntary efforts are working. The anti-noise measure, which applies only to the Los Angeles area, was included in a $1-trillion bill that funds federal agencies and programs through Sept.
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