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NTSB Says 2 Jets Collided
at Houston Airport
Oct 26, 2023 7:21 AM CDT
NTSB Says 2 Jets Collided at Houston Airport
Nobody was injured in Tuesday incident
- Hours before Michael Whitaker was confirmed by the Senate as the new Federal Aviation Administration chief on Tuesday, two private jets collided at a Houston airport. The FAA says a Hawker 850XP took off without permission at William Hobby Airport, colliding with a Cessna Citation coming in to land on...
After 19 Months,
the FAA Has a Leader
Oct 24, 2023 7:16 PM CDT
After 19 Months, the FAA Has a Leader
Michael Whitaker confirmed in 98-0 Senate vote
- After 19 months, there's finally somebody in charge at the Federal Aviation Administration. Michael Whitaker, a deputy FAA administrator during the Obama administration, was confirmed to a five-year term running the FAA in a 98-0 Senate vote Tuesday. Whitaker, who has held senior roles at several airlines, had the...
Elon Musk: Starship
Is Ready for Launch.
FAA: Not So Fast
Sep 7, 2023 9:30 AM CDT
Elon Musk: Starship Is Ready for Launch. FAA: Not So Fast
Agency says investigation into disastrous first launch is still open
- More than four months after the most powerful rocket ever created exploded soon after liftoff , SpaceX is ready to try again. The company has stacked its Starship rocket on top of a Super Heavy booster at its launch pad in Boca Chica in southern Texas. "Starship is ready to...
US Airlines Are Having
Lots of Close Calls
Aug 21, 2023 11:55 AM CDT
US Airlines Are Having Lots of Close Calls
'New York Times' investigation discoverers nearly 50 last month alone
- On the bright side, no US airline has had a fatal air crash since 2009, the longest such streak on record, reports the
New York Times
. The flip side? Close calls are happening with what the newspaper calls "alarming" regularity. The newspaper's investigation, based on a review of...
Crashing Plane for Clicks
May 12, 2023 8:07 AM CDT
YouTuber Admits Crashing Plane for Clicks
Former Olympian Trevor Jacob agrees to plead guilty to federal charge
- Former Olympian snowboarder Trevor Jacob has admitted that he crashed his light aircraft in California's Los Padres National Forest to get views on YouTube. In a plea deal announced Thursday, the 29-year-old said the video was part of a product sponsorship deal, the BBC reports. In a press release...
May 2, 2023 1:15 PM CDT
More Fallout for SpaceX's Rocket Launch
Environmental groups aren't happy and are suing the FAA over Starship's launch
- Wildlife and environmental groups sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday over SpaceX’s launch last month of its giant rocket from Texas. SpaceX’s Starship soared 24 miles high before exploding over the Gulf of Mexico on April 20. The rocket's self-destruct system caused the nearly 400-foot rocket...
US Opts Not to Shoot
New Balloon Out of Sky
May 2, 2023 7:21 AM CDT
US Opts Not to Shoot New Balloon Out of Sky
But military is watching a new mystery object that drifted over Hawaii, is now headed to Mexico
- After a mysterious spate of balloon sightings earlier this year, a new entry has made its way into the mix. NBC News reports that the US military has been tailing a new balloon since late last week that drifted over parts of Hawaii, though officials indicate it didn't fly...
Watchdog: Engineers Urged
Grounding 737 Max Faster
Apr 29, 2023 1:40 PM CDT
Watchdog: Engineers Urged Grounding 737 Max Faster
Inspector general's report says FAA bosses wanted more data
- The Federal Aviation Administration rejected the recommendation of engineers to immediately ground Boeing's 737 Max after two fatal crashes, preferring to wait for more data, a new inspector general's report says. It was March 13, 2019, three days after the second crash, before the airliner was grounded, CNN...
Southwest Resumes Flying
After Nationwide Grounding
Apr 18, 2023 11:31 AM CDT
Southwest Resumes Flying After Nationwide Grounding
Tech glitch briefly kept planes from flying, but now many flights are delayed
- Southwest has resumed flights after all were briefly grounded Tuesday morning because of a tech glitch. Those flying on the airline can expect delays, however: Roughly 40% were behind schedule as of noon, reports
. The company's explanation for the snafu: "Early this morning, a vendor-supplied firewall...
FAA Has Its Culprit for
That Massive Outage
Jan 20, 2023 6:11 AM CST
FAA Has Its Culprit for That Massive Outage
Agency blames contractor who accidentally deleted files while trying to synchronize NOTAM databases
- An error by "contract personnel" led to the grounding of flights across the US last week for the first time since the 9/11 attacks, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The unnamed personnel accidentally deleted files on the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) database, which notifies pilots of potential...
Corrupt File Was Behind
Massive FAA Outage
Jan 12, 2023 12:56 AM CST
Corrupt File Was Behind Massive FAA Outage
It was found in a main safety system as well as its backup system, sources say
- A corrupt file appears to have been behind the Federal Aviation Administration system outage Wednesday that caused the first national grounding of flights in the US since the 9/11 attacks. The corrupt file was found in the main Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system as well as in the backup...
Buttigieg Vows to Find, Fix
Cause of FAA Outage
Jan 11, 2023 6:32 PM CST
Buttigieg Vows to Find, Fix Cause of FAA Outage
It caused the first national grounding of flights since 9/11 attacks
- More than 10,000 flights have now been delayed or canceled by the first national grounding of flights since the 9/11 attacks—and authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the system outage that led to the grounding. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tells CNN that there's no...
FAA Clears Flights to Depart
After Hours-Long Ground Stop
Jan 11, 2023 8:30 AM CST
FAA Clears Flights to Depart After Hours-Long Ground Stop
The Notice to Air Missions System failed on Tuesday night
- The FAA is lifting a ground stop on flights across the US following a computer outage early Wednesday that resulted in thousands of delays and hundreds of cancellations at airports nationwide. The FAA ordered all departing flights grounded early Wednesday, but lifted that order just before 9am Eastern after several...
After System Outage,
FAA Grounds All US Flights
Jan 11, 2023 6:55 AM CST
After System Outage, FAA Grounds All US Flights
All domestic flights halted until 9am while agency scrambles to restore Notice to Air Missions System
- A computer outage at the Federal Aviation Administration brought flights to a standstill across the US on Wednesday, reports the AP , with hundreds of delays quickly cascading through the system at airports nationwide. The FAA ordered all US flights to delay departures until 9am Eastern, though airlines said they were...
FAA Workers' 911 Call Sheds
Light on 'Midair Mystery'
Aug 3, 2022 7:37 AM CDT
FAA Workers' 911 Call Sheds Light on 'Midair Mystery'
Employees tell dispatcher that pilot said co-pilot Charles Hew Crooks jumped out of plane
- More details are filtering in on what's been deemed a "midair mystery" involving a co-pilot who exited his turboprop plane midflight and fell to his death. The timeline has since been pieced together regarding what happened to Charles Hew Crooks in the skies over North Carolina on Friday...
People With Lasers Torment
Pilots at Record-Setting Rate
May 3, 2022 6:23 PM CDT
People With Lasers Torment Pilots at Record-Setting Rate
'It's a guy thing,' says one expert, and also a federal crime
- It’s not a new problem, but it’s worse than ever. Last year alone, the FAA recorded over 9,700 cases in which laser beams struck cockpits, per the
New York Times.
It was a record high, but some 70,000 cases have been reported since 2010, and—worldwide—...
They Tried to Swap Planes
Midair. It Didn't Quite Work
Apr 25, 2022 8:13 AM CDT
They Tried to Swap Planes Midair. It Didn't Quite Work
FAA probing Sunday stunt in Arizona, which led to one plane crashing; both pilots are OK
The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a probe into a failed stunt in the sky. Cousins Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington, daredevil Red Bull skydivers who'd hoped to swap Cessna single-seat airplanes in midair, didn't see their feat go as planned on Sunday: One of the pilots...
Be Glad Someone Takes
Airplane 'Snarge' Seriously
Apr 17, 2022 5:30 PM CDT
Be Glad Someone Takes Airplane 'Snarge' Seriously
There's a word for what becomes of birds that collide with airplanes
- Following a recent piece about the origin myth of starlings—the small black birds that move in cloud-like, synchronous flocks—
New York Times
writer Jason Bittel was overrun with questions and commentary about “snarge,” the term biologists and aviation professionals use for the bits or clumps of bird...
FAA Wants to Fine
Apr 8, 2022 5:30 PM CDT
FAA Wants to Fine Passenger $82K
Another would have to pay $77K after both are accused of biting people on flights
- Two airline passengers accused of biting people on their flights are facing the highest fines ever imposed for bad behavior by the FAA. The agency is seeking a penalty of almost $82,000 against a woman it says fought crew members and other passengers on an American Airlines flight last...
Put Unruly Passengers on
'No-Fly' List, Airline Urges
Feb 5, 2022 5:05 PM CST
Put Unruly Passengers on 'No-Fly' List, Airline Urges
Delta asks attorney general to blacklist convicted customers
- Delta Air Lines has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to establish a federal "no-fly" list and to put any passenger convicted of disrupting a flight on it. "This action will help prevent future incidents and serve as a strong symbol of the consequences of not complying with crew...
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