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May 31, 2013 |
A new federal report recommends taking a voluntary approach rather than government regulation to reduce the noise and safety risks of low-flying helicopters over neighborhoods across the Los Angeles Basin. The study by the Federal Aviation Administration stems from requests by members of California's Congressional delegation to address concerns about chopper flights over homes, businesses and landmarks, such as the Hollywood Bowl during performances. The report immediately drew fire from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
April 8, 2008 |
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.
April 19, 2013 |
The Federal Aviation Administration approved Boeing Co.'s proposed fix for the lithium-ion battery systems on its 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, which have been grounded since January, clearing the way for a return to flight. The FAA said it will require airlines flying 787s to install containment and venting systems for the batteries. The agency will also instruct carriers to replace the batteries and their chargers with modified components. Boeing has delivered 50 787s to eight airlines worldwide, including United Airlines, the only U.S. carrier that has 787s in its fleet.
January 31, 2012 |
New rules for operating small drones in U.S. airspace have been delayed by the Federal Aviation Administration, which has been weighing for years how to regulate these unmanned aircraft over populated areas. Currently, drones are not allowed to fly in the U.S. except with special permission from the FAA. But as demand increases for using drones in the commercial world, the agency plans to propose new regulations on small remotely piloted aircraft, a move seen as the first step toward opening the nation's skyways to drone aircraft.
January 25, 1985
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it is investigating allegations made anonymously on a CBS newscast that pilots of the troubled commuter Provincetown-Boston Airline used drugs and alcohol in the cockpit. Airline officials also asked federal drug agents to investigate. Last Nov. 10, the FAA revoked the airline's certificate of operation because of safety violations. In December, a Provincetown-Boston Bandeirante aircraft crashed outside Jacksonville, Fla., killing 13 persons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1994
Regarding your reporting on aircraft safety ("Dangerous Delays," Dec. 11-13): I couldn't agree with you more. It's the legal cost of human life versus the cost of the safety measure. As an aircraft engineer, I researched the use of jelled fuels as a safety measure for fighter aircraft many years ago. I found extensive research showing that in a crash with ruptured fuel tanks, the jelled fuel did not atomize and ignite as does conventional jet fuel. Rather it remained in globs and, if it did ignite, burned calmly like Sterno.
June 27, 2013 |
If you're eagerly awaiting the report on using electronic devices in flight, you'll need to wait a bit longer: The report, expected next month, now will not land until September. The Federal Aviation Administration report, assembled by representatives from government agencies, airline manufacturers, airlines and safety organizations, studies whether those devices pose a risk. The two-month extension is needed “to complete the additional work necessary for the safety assessment,” Kristie Greco, an FAA spokesperson, said in an email.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 |
The 149 air-traffic control towers scheduled to be shut down Sunday due to federal budget cuts will be kept open for two more months, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday. The extension, through June 15, gives officials two months to deal with lawsuits regarding the closure, according to a statement issued by the agency. The FAA will also review "appropriate risk mitigations" and consult with airports and operators. The FAA had announced in March that they would close as many as 238 towers as part of mandatory federal budget cuts.
February 22, 2013 |
The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it received a formal proposal from Boeing Co. to fix the 787 Dreamliner's battery problems and "will analyze it closely. " But the agency indicated that it won't rush to get the Dreamliners back in the air despite the problems that the grounding of the planes have brought to Boeing and its customers. "The safety of the flying public is our top priority, and we won't allow the 787 to return to commercial service until we're confident that any proposed solution has addressed the battery failure risks," an FAA statement said.
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July 10, 2013 |
Under a final rule to be put in effect next week by the Federal Aviation Administration, co-pilots who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo planes will face a more stringent certification process and a more extended training sequence. Co-pilots, formally known as first officers, will be required to complete 1,500 hours of flight time. Previously, the requirement was 250 hours. First officers will also be required to earn an aircraft type rating, which involves additional testing and training specific to each plane they fly. "We owe it to the traveling public to have only the most qualified and best trained pilots," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a prepared statement.