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FAA: Air Traffic Controller Slurred Words, Went Dark

Officials are trying to figure out what went wrong at McCarran International Airport

(Newser) - Federal and airport authorities said Friday they're investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at the busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. "No safety events occurred during this incident," the FAA said in... More »

US Pilots Face Even More Laser-Beam Attacks

A Wall Street Journal report says aircrews have seen a sharp uptick in laser pointers

(Newser) - Laser-pointer attacks are a serious and growing problem for US military pilots in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Pentagon is acknowledging for the first time just how much of a problem the simple devices have caused aircrews, predominantly in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where the bulk... More »

'I Thought We Were Goners'

Passenger describe terror on Flight 1380

(Newser) - Passengers say they went through 22 minutes of terror after an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines 737-700 Tuesday, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Some say they prayed and tried to comfort those around them as the oxygen masks fell amid a steep descent. Other say... More »

Report: Trump Wants Personal Pilot to Run FAA

It's not such a bad choice, insiders say

(Newser) - President Trump has described his longtime personal pilot as a "real smart guy"—so smart that insiders say the president wants to put him in charge of civil aviation. Sources tell Axios that Trump has been telling administration officials that he would like John Dunkin, who piloted his... More »

Judges Tell FAA to Review Size of Airplane Seats

Passenger groups argued that smaller seats and less legroom can be dangerous

(Newser) - As Americans have gotten larger, seats on airplanes have gotten smaller, and now a federal court has told the Federal Aviation Administration to look into the issue. On Friday, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington ordered the FAA to review its policies concerning seat sizes... More »

Trump Has Plan for Big Changes to Air Traffic Control

He wants privatization, separation from FAA

(Newser) - President Trump plans to lay out his vision for overhauling the nation's air traffic control system on Monday, outlining his goals to privatize the system in a White House speech. Trump will push for the separation of air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration, embracing an approach... More »

A Few People Hate Airport Noise, and Everyone Pays

(Newser) - In 2015, a whopping 8,760 noise complaints were made at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in DC. A little digging reveals that 6,852 of those complaints (almost 80%) came from one household. And yes, that's more than 18 calls a day for a year. Similar stories... More »

2 Small Planes Collide Mid-Air, Kill All Aboard

3 New Yorkers were part of a group flying out to get breakfast

(Newser) - Two private planes collided Sunday in Western New York, reports the Buffalo News , killing all three aboard. The two aircraft—a Cessna 120 and a Piper Cherokee—were apparently part of a larger group of six flying out of the airport in Hamburg, NY, en route to get breakfast in... More »

Much 'Miracle on the Hudson' Safety Advice Not Carried Out

Many of the recommendations remain unresolved

(Newser) - In the seven years since airline captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger saved 155 lives by ditching his crippled airliner in the Hudson River, there's been enough time to write a book and make a movie, but apparently not enough to carry out most of the safety recommendations stemming from... More »

FAA: Don't Use Samsung Phone on Planes

Rare warning issued after battery fires

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration has taken what the AP calls the "extraordinary step" of warning passengers not to use Samsung's new smartphone in the air. Samsung has had to recall the Galaxy Note7 worldwide due to battery fires, and it appears that the only safe way to have... More »

Prediction: 600K Commercial Drones in US by End of Year

After new safety rules put into place

(Newser) - Federal aviation officials estimate there will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the US within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, the AP reports. Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said at a news conference... More »

Gallon of 'Amazing! LIQUID FIRE' Could Cost Amazon $350K

FAA is more than a little peeved about shipping violation that injured UPS workers

(Newser) - Amazon has been on the Federal Aviation Administration's naughty list for a few years, with at least 24 violations for shipping hazardous materials. But now the agency is proposing a $350,000 fine after Amazon sent, via air, a package labeled "Amazing! LIQUID FIRE" from Louisville, Ky., to... More »

To Fix FAA Mess, Trump Sells His Jet to Himself

The Cessna was back flying as of Monday

(Newser) - Donald Trump has managed to solve his jet problems, and all he had to do was sell his private Cessna to himself. He actually sold the plane to company DT Endeavor I, which is controlled by Trump, after the FAA grounded the plane last week because of an expired registration... More »

Trump's Jet Has Been Flying With an Expired Registration

It's an offense punishable by up to 3 years in prison

(Newser) - You have to be pretty wealthy to own your own jet. You don't have to be nearly as wealthy to register it, which costs just $5 every three years. But the New York Times reports that hasn't stopped Donald Trump from letting the registration for his private Cessna... More »

Lawmaker Vows to Fight Ever-Shrinking Airline Seats

'Consumers are tired of being squeezed both physically and fiscally by airlines'

(Newser) - Cramped airline passengers, Steve Cohen speaks for you. The representative from Tennessee plans to introduce the Seat Egress in Air Travel Act on Thursday, USA Today reports. According to Consumerist , Cohen doesn't want to see airline seats continue to get smaller. The SEAT Act would force the FAA to... More »

Your Pilot May Not Remember How to Fly a Plane

Feds warn about skills fading away as automation takes over

(Newser) - Where's Ted Striker when you need him? Probably not at the helm of a commercial flight, according to a new Department of Transportation report . It finds that automation has driven manual flying mostly out of the cockpit, leading to concerns that pilots may not be getting enough training to... More »

FAA: Merry Xmas, Now Register Those Drones

Ahead of anticipated holiday onslaught, feds roll out new regulations

(Newser) - If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans expected to be clogging the skies with drones they receive over the holidays, the FAA would like a word, and that word is "registration." As the Washington Post reports, the feds announced Monday new regulations that would... More »

Report: 90 'Near Collisions' Between Drones, Commercial Jets

Nearly 30 aircraft actually had to veer out of the way

(Newser) - There has yet to be a confirmed US collision between a drone and a manned aircraft, but there's a growing number of close calls as drones fly where they least belong—near airports. A report released Friday counted at least 241 reports of close encounters between drones and manned... More »

In 15-Minute Span, 3 Planes Hit by Lasers Near Dallas

Meanwhile, news crew aids arrest of suspect near Brooklyn

(Newser) - Someone is in trouble near Dallas: Police and the FAA are investigating after three planes were reportedly hit by a laser beam while flying into Dallas Love Field between 7:30pm and 7:45pm on Wednesday. An FAA rep says a Southwest Airlines 737, a Virgin America A319, and a... More »

Feds: Step Right Up, Register Your Drones

No, really: FAA setting up panel to determine which to regulate as more clog skies

(Newser) - The federal government will require many drones to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks, officials announced Monday. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near manned aircraft and major sporting events, and interference... More »

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