December 6, 2011 |
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.
August 3, 2011 |
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.
September 13, 2011 |
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.
June 29, 2012 |
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.
January 13, 2013 |
Flight attendants, required to work long hours with little rest and to battle unruly passengers with oversize carry-on bags, must now deal with another midair hazard: exploding coffee filters. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a safety alert to all airlines warning that packages of coffee grounds enclosed in filters have burst while coffee was being brewed in commercial planes. The FAA has recorded about a dozen coffee explosions in the last 10 years, causing first- and second-degree burns to flight attendants and passengers.
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October 1, 2013 |
The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic controllers will continue to work during the government shutdown, but more than 110 safety inspectors and other staff will be furloughed at airports across Southern California. The furloughs -- which include FAA administrators, support staff, engineers who work on airport facilities and safety inspectors -- started Tuesday and effectively gut the agency's ability to oversee critical aspects of the nation's aviation system. U.S. government agencies were ordered to close for the first time in more than 17 years after lawmakers stalemated over Republican efforts to block President Obama's healthcare law. More than 800,000 federal workers were to spend Tuesday, the first day of the new fiscal year, on unpaid furloughs as agency managers executed contingency plans for the costly process of closing down operations indefinitely.