Articles Tagged 'FAA'

Trump is about to lay out his vision for overhauling the US air traffic control system

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to lay out his vision for overhauling the nation’s air traffic control system on Monday, outlining his goals to… READ MORE

FAA kills beer drone deliveries to ice fishermen

A Wisconsin beer company’s attempt to serve suds to Minnesota ice fishermen via drone went swimmingly — that is, until the government intervened. The Federal Aviation Administration quashed Lakemaid Beer’s drone dispatch, citing a federal ban on using drones for commercial purposes, the National Journal reported. Lakemaid President Jack Supple told the Journal on Thursday that the government was “nice”… READ MORE

Politicians, companies see green as FAA approves drone test sites

January 1, 2014
Are drones the engine of the next economic boom? Officials in the six states selected Monday to develop drone test sites certainly seem to think so. Despite concern about government surveillance dominating the headlines this year, those behind the successful bids ended 2013 cheering over the possibility of a new commercial drone industry. “This is wonderful news for Nevada that… READ MORE

Senate votes to blunt air-traffic controller furloughs

With airport delays piling up, the Senate voted late Thursday to give the Obama administration the power to cancel its furloughs of air traffic controllers… READ MORE

FAA gets pressed on drone test sites

September 26, 2012
By Ben Wolfgang-The Washington Times The drone industry joined with state officials Tuesday in pressuring the federal government to stop dragging its feet and begin setting up vital test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. The Federal Aviation Administration was to have established by Aug. 12 the six locations where drones could be tested and studied in preparation for their eventual… READ MORE

U.S. Aviation Chief Babbitt Resigns on Drunk-Driving Arrest

December 7, 2011
Alan Levin (Bloomberg) — U.S. Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after a Dec. 3 arrest for driving while intoxicated that his boss learned of through a police press release. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood accepted the resignation today, according to an e-mailed statement from Babbitt. Babbitt, 65, was arrested after police spotted him driving on the wrong side of… READ MORE

Senate OKs stopgap funding for highways and FAA

September 16, 2011
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times In a flurry of bipartisan cooperation late Thursday, the Senate cleared a $7 billion bill to boost federal disaster funding and measures to keep theFederal Aviation Administration and federal highway spending going for the rest of this year, as lawmakers brushed aside conservatives’ concerns over the deficit. The FAA and highway programs were extended at… READ MORE

Air ticket taxes: Airports group’s chief lambastes airlines

July 26, 2011
By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times If you were disappointed by the air ticket tax holiday that wasn’t — because so many carriers offset the drop byincreasing fares over the weekend– check out this near-rantby the chief of a group that represents airports. “So… you might expect that airlines would pass the savings along to the passengers,” Greg Principato, president… READ MORE

Stalemate in Congress could be boon for travelers

July 25, 2011
By DAVID KOENIG, AP DALLAS (AP) — Gridlock in Congress could be a boon for airline consumers this weekend. Several federal air travel taxes were set to expire Friday night if Congress failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration operating. That means travelers could avoid about $30 in taxes on a $300 round-trip ticket — unless the… READ MORE

First lady’s close call points to controller error

April 20, 2011
CBS News The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating an incident involving an Air National Guard plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama after the plane was told to “go around” a military runway because of the presence of a cargo plane on the runway. The FAA said in a statement early Tuesday evening that the plane carrying the… READ MORE

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