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Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared for Takeoff

After fixes, issue with plane's nose 'can no longer happen'

(Newser) - Following two fatal crashes and 20 months on the ground, the Boeing 737 Max has been cleared to fly in the US. The FAA said Wednesday that a review process was complete and the plane could take to the skies—but only after necessary changes are made, pilots receive simulator... More »

Report on 737 Max: 'Horrific Culmination' of Missteps

'Grossly insufficient oversight' by FAA and 'lack of transparency' by Boeing cited by House committee

(Newser) - As regulators get closer to OKing recertification for Boeing's beleaguered 737 Max planes, what CNBC calls a "damning" report from a Congressional committee that took a year and a half to complete was released Wednesday, pointing to a series of fails during the development of the aircraft. The... More »

Amazon Drones Win FAA Approval

Certification allows for the next step in testing, with the goal of 30-minute deliveries

(Newser) - We don't know how customers will feel about having drones buzz past on their way to drop off packages, but Amazon has won an important approval. The Federal Aviation Authority has certified the Prime Air delivery fleet good to go, NBC reports, granting permission for the company's small... More »

Report: Kobe Bryant Pilot Had 2015 Weather- Related Infraction

Ara Zobayan had been disciplined by FAA for entering LAX airspace without the OK

(Newser) - The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas last month, killing Kobe Bryant , his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others, took heat in 2015 from the Federal Aviation Administration for entering busy airspace near Los Angeles International Airport, even though air traffic control had warned him from doing so.... More »

Boeing Red-Faced on 'Appalling' Messages About 737 Max

'This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys'

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling newly revealed messages from Boeing employees on the company's beleaguered 737 Max—involved in two horrific crashes that killed 346 people— and the Federal Aviation Administration "astonishing," "appalling," and "incredibly damning," in what the New York Times deems the "... More »

Airlines Reroute Flights Away From Iran, Iraq Airspace

FAA bans US carriers from flying over area

(Newser) - Commercial airlines on Wednesday rerouted flights crossing the Middle East to avoid possible danger amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran. The flight restrictions reflected fears that the conflict between the longtime foes could ratchet up following Iranian ballistic missile strikes Tuesday on two Iraqi bases that house... More »

FAA Analysis: 737 MAX Could Crash 15 More Times

That is, if Boeing didn't fix the MCAS system

(Newser) - A month after the deadly October 2018 Lion Air crash in Indonesia, the FAA completed an analysis that found it likely wouldn't be the last fatal Boeing 737 MAX crash. That analysis, released Wednesday during a House Transportation Committee hearing and reported on by the Wall Street Journal , found... More »

38 Southwest Jets Lack Proper Paperwork

Airline is speeding up inspections after FAA raised issues about inspections

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines couldn't produce safety data for 38 jets, which caused the Federal Aviation Administration to consider—but ultimately delay—grounding those jets, the Wall Street Journal reveals. The airline brought 88 used foreign jets into its fleet between 2013 and 2017, and last year an FAA official uncovered... More »

Pilot's Text Reveal Concerns With 737 Max Back in 2016

Boeing just now turned over transcripts to FAA

(Newser) - A Boeing pilot using a flight simulator to try out the 737 Max in 2016 complained in text messages that a new automated system was making the plane hard to control. Boeing found the texts four months ago, Reuters reports, and the FAA now wants to know why they weren'... More »

Boeing Isn't the Only One to Blame for 737 Crashes

The FAA had surprisingly lax oversight

(Newser) - Boeing's role in adding dangerous technology to the 737 Max is well-documented —but the Federal Aviation Administration fumbled this just as badly, the New York Times reports. According to insiders, the regulatory agency was too cozy with Boeing and ultimately let the airline oversee the development of MCAS,... More »

Top FAA Regulators Never Knew of Boeing Software Issue

New rules allowed company to have more of a say in the certification procedure

(Newser) - The Boeing 737 Max is grounded as the company works on a fix for an anti-stall software issue suspected in two fatal crashes. In the meantime, the feds are trying to figure out how the jet passed FAA inspection in the first place. A story in the New York Times ... More »

Amid Scrutiny, FAA to Get New Boss

President Trump names his pick

(Newser) - President Trump is announcing the nomination of a permanent administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces new scrutiny over its oversight of industry in the wake of a pair of deadly crashes involving a new Boeing aircraft. The White House announced Trump has selected former Delta Air... More »

Report: Trump Bad-Mouthed 737 Before Grounding Decision

He told officials Boeing model 'sucked'

(Newser) - The US became the last major county to ground the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday—shortly before the aircraft's maker grounded the entire global fleet. Boeing says it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max," but it will ground all 371 of... More »

Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Had 'Flight Control Problems'

Trump says modern aircraft are too complex

(Newser) - The pilot of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight reported having "flight control problems" soon before the crash, the airline's CEO says. "He was having difficulties with the flight control of the airplane, so he asked to return back to base," Tewolde GebreMariam tells CNN . The CEO... More »

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 »

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