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August 27, 2011
The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight. Both the FAA and European regulators certified the plane for flight Friday. Boeing Co. completed flight tests on the 787 this month. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways in September. The airline plans to fly it for the first time as a charter on Oct. 26 and begin regular service Nov. 1. Because of various production problems, delivery is about three years late.
March 22, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Seven air-traffic control towers in Southern California will close next month as a result of forced federal budget cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday. The FAA had been considering closing as many as 189 air-traffic control towers at smaller airports across the nation, including 14 in Southern California . The FAA must cut $637 million by Sept. 30 as part of $85 billion in cuts across the federal government. Southern California will lose towers in Fullerton, Oxnard, Riverside, San Diego, Victorville, Pacoima and Lancaster.
August 28, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - The Federal Aviation Administration may rethink its puzzling ban on using smartphones, e-readers and computers during takeoff and landing. It's unclear whether the federal agency no longer sees the Kindle or iPad as a risk to modern jetliners as they ascend or descend but not when they reach cruising altitude. In a press release, the agency cited "widespread consumer use of portable electronic devices" as a reason to reexamine its policies. “With so many different types of devices available, we recognize that this is an issue of consumer interest,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.
June 21, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK--A Boeing 747 and a commuter jet came too close for comfort over New York City after the larger plane missed its landing and soared into the air just after the smaller aircraft had taken off, aviation officials said Friday. The incident occurred June 13 at 3:45 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. It was first reported Friday morning by the local NBC affiliate . The report was confirmed in an emailed statement from the FAA. According to the FAA, the Delta Boeing 747 was arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
July 19, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Federal Aviation Administration is developing a plan requiring airlines to inspect the emergency devices on their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a fire erupted on the plane last week while it was parked at London's Heathrow Airport. On Friday the agency said these mandatory inspections “would ask operators to inspect for proper wire routing and any signs of wire damage or pinching, as well as inspect the battery compartment for unusual signs of heating or moisture.” The FAA plan is not expected to ground the worldwide 787 fleet, as happened earlier this year.
February 15, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - While a national debate has erupted over the Obama administration's lethal drone strikes overseas, federal authorities have stepped up efforts to license surveillance drones for law enforcement and other uses in U.S. airspace, spurring growing concern about violations of privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it had issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007, far more than were previously known. Some 327 permits are still listed as active.
June 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Asserting that voluntary guidelines won't work, elected officials on Monday night urged the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt regulations to reduce the noise and safety risks of helicopter flights over neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. At a public hearing in Griffith Park, the officials targeted a recent FAA report, which concluded that controlling helicopter operations would be better with a voluntary approach instead of hard and fast rules that carry penalties. The report , released May 31, is part of an effort to deal with choppers that fly low over neighborhoods, celebrities' homes and famous landmarks, such as the Hollywood sign or the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
October 31, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
It's not a cure for cancer or world peace, but airline travelers got an early Christmas present Thursday: The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it “can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight.” This being the government, which has no sense of humor, officials missed the chance to call it “the Alec Baldwin rule.” But now all the tech-addicted folks who can't go a single minute without their iPads or iPhones or Kindles or whatever won't have to. Great.
April 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Federal Aviation Administration official who was criticized last week for the agency's handling of missed inspections at Southwest Airlines Co. has been reassigned, an FAA spokeswoman said. Thomas Stuckey is still working at the FAA but is no longer the agency's director of flight standards for the five-state southwest region based in Fort Worth, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said. Brown said Stuckey was moved to "an administrative position that doesn't have safety oversight." She declined to comment on the reasons for the move.
November 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight this week described as a scary dive before the flight leveled off and made a normal landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. Flight 3426 was coming from Tampa, Fla., late Tuesday when passenger Shelley Wills said the public address system came on and the pilot said, “'We're going down.' And everyone is looking around like, 'Is this a joke? Is he serious?' And then you felt the nosedive,” Wills told WTVD-TV in Raleigh.
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