Federal Aviation Administration

FAA wants inspections of airport towers

FAA wants inspections of airport towers

A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore’s main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned. The FAA will look for problems with the lightning protection systems for airport towers, […]

Obama finds fault with Congressional flight delay fix

President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Saturday for approving a plan to ease air-traffic delays caused by federal spending cuts while leaving budget cuts that affect children and the elderly untouched. The Senate and the House of Representatives backed a plan this week to give the Department of Transportation flexibility to cover immediate salaries of […]

Senate moves to end air traffic controller furloughs

The Senate moved quickly late on Thursday to end air traffic controller furloughs that were causing widespread airline flight delays related to last month’s automatic federal spending cuts. Without any debate, the Senate unanimously passed legislation giving the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and […]

Domestic use of drones raises privacy questions

Domestic use of drones raises privacy questions

It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans‘ everyday lives, performing countless useful functions. A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. […]

TSA or T&A?

TSA or T&A?

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) — which has been a joke since it was formed in the post-11 frenzy — is at it again, implementing new “pat-down” search techniques  that — in effect —  allow the rent-a-cops at airport security checkpoints to cop a feel of airline passengers. Call it another example of government overreaction, […]

Alaska plane crash kills former senator, four others

Alaska plane crash kills former senator, four others

Former Sen. Ted Stevens lay dead in the mangled fuselage of the plane. A 13-year-old boy escaped death but watched his father die a few feet away. Medical workers spent the miserable night tending to survivors’ broken bones amid a huge slick of fuel that coated a muddy mountainside. The gruesome details of the plane […]