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April 19, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
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 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.
July 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
This post has been updated. The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing two fines totaling $987,500 against Delta Air Lines for allegedly operating two commercial planes in need of repairs. “Safety is our highest priority,” FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.  “Operators must follow the proper procedures to maintain their aircraft.” Delta, based in Atlanta, has 30 days to respond to the proposed fine. In one case, the FAA contends Delta operated a Boeing 737-800 on 20 flights after an FAA inspector discovered a chip on the plane's nose cone.
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.
January 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 26, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to issue a warning to airlines flying certain Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 jumbo jets, advising that they avoid high-altitude thunderstorms after instances of icing. The anticipated move comes after Boeing notified airlines last week that the planes, outfitted with the GEnx engine made by General Electric Co., could have icing problems if they flew close to the storms. The warning is an “interim action to make sure pilots avoid icing conditions that could affect engine power and possibly damage the engine,” the FAA said.
January 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Federal regulators have grounded all U.S. Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, a potentially devastating setback for the company's troubled new flagship airliner. The move Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration left airlines reeling, seeking ways to accommodate delayed passengers. Boeing Co. stock fell on the news in after-hours trading. The order came Wednesday after a 787 operated by a Japanese carrier, All Nippon Airways, made an emergency landing in southwestern Japan.
April 5, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
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.
May 31, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
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)
February 22, 2013 | By Dominic Gates
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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