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  • Don’t Ground “Uber in the Sky”

    07/28/2016 7:24:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Cato At Liberty (Cato Institute Blog) ^ | July 25, 2016 | Ilya Shapiro and Randal John Meyer
    Last year, a company called Flytenow was poised to revolutionize air travel by allowing private pilots already going to a destination to share their costs with would-be travelers—kind of like a college rideshare bulletin board, but on the Internet. The service would pair pilots with potential passengers, for a small fee no greater than the cost of fuel. It’s been called “Uber in the sky.” But in December, Flytenow shut down after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s determination that the service must obtain the highest levels of licensing, akin to what...
  • Will the new Pilot Bill of Rights 2 Law be dumped by the FAA?

    07/20/2016 1:49:30 PM PDT · by pabianice · 9 replies
    News | 7/20/16 | vanity
    If you fly, you will have heard by now that The Pilots' Bill of Rights 2 has been signed into law. This is the result of the DOT refusing to rule on the proposal for close to five years. In short, it will allow anyone who has held a third class medical since 2007 be able to fly any airplane up to 6,000 pounds, single or twin, VFR or IFR, under 10,000 feet without another current medical certificate. The law becomes effective July 17, 2017. My prediction is that the FAA will never allow it to take effect, esp. with...
  • FAA Bans Flights Between the US and Turkey

    07/16/2016 10:19:38 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    NBC10 ^ | 7-16-2016 | Danielle Abreu
    U.S. airline regulators are banning all flights between the U.S. and airports in Turkey as the country fought to overcome a military coup attempt that left at least 161 people dead and scores more wounded Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration ban includes commercial and private planes operating into or out of Turkey, as well as flights to the U.S. by non-U.S. carriers via third countries. (SNIP) Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Ankara issued a statement Saturday warning that U.S. government officials have been told not to use the airport in Istanbul and that U.S. citizens in the country should seek...
  • The FAA Reauthorization Is a Big Government Gift to Unions

    07/14/2016 7:46:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2016 | Terry Schilling
    A new bill in the House of Representatives, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), seeks to “privatize” the air traffic control system, which would strip oversight away from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and create a new, private, non-profit corporation to oversee air traffic control (ATC) operations.On the surface, this bill might sound like a good idea. But the word “privatize” is a misnomer. Instead of fixing legitimate problems with the FAA, the AIRR Act would overhaul the entire ATC system and replace a bureaucracy that is currently accountable to Congress with...
  • FAA mandates no-fly zone over conventions

    07/13/2016 2:06:11 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 13, 2016 | Melanie Zanona
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that the skies over the presidential nominating conventions will be a no-fly zone. The FAA has warned pilots to give the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia a 34.5-mile radius.
  • FAA OKs 'drone journalism' starting in August

    06/25/2016 10:35:46 AM PDT · by Pollard · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 24 Jun 2016
    Drone journalism is coming to a newspaper and TV station near you within 60 days. New Federal Aviation Administration rules on the flying devices opens the door to newsrooms using drones to cover events, peer into buildings and capture images like never before, according to the founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska. "In 60 days, drone journalism will be legally possible in any newsroom in the United States. That's not to say it will be easy, but it will be legally possible in ways that it has never been before," wrote Matt Waite.
  • Inside the Legal Challenge to the FAA’s Drone Registry

    06/22/2016 6:44:34 AM PDT · by milton23 · 40 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/21/2016 | Jason Snead & John-Michael Seibler
    Last December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rushed an arbitrary and ineffectual recreational drone-owners’ registry into effect, mere days before Christmas and just in time to criminalize the flying of toys by thousands of children and hobbyists. The agency has potentially roped those toys under its definition of “aircraft” for purposes of all aircraft regulation as well. Following this bureaucratic overreach, a hobby drone operator who happens to be a lawyer, John Taylor, filed suit in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the registry.
  • FAA Warns That Mystery Military Tests May Lead To Widespread West Coast GPS Disruptions

    06/09/2016 4:47:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Jun 7, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Starting today, and continuing for the next month, the FAA has warned airplane pilots that GPS signals on on the West Coast, and especially over California and Nevada, may be impacted. The reason why is not exactly clear, but as Gizmodo notes, the US military will be testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day. Officially the tests were announced by the FAA but are centered near the US Navy’s largest installation in the Mojave Desert, China Lake, located "just down the road" from Area 51. The Navy has kept silent about...
  • FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast

    06/07/2016 9:25:27 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 84 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/07/2016 | Matt Novak
    FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast http://gizmodo.com/faa-warns-of-gps-outages-this-month-during-mysterious-t-1780866590
  • FAA’s bid to expand air traffic hiring pool hits turbulence

    05/11/2016 9:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsday. ^ | April 24, 2016 | Candice Ruud
    Before the FAA changed the hiring protocol in 2014, the majority of new air traffic control hires had served as controllers in the military or graduated from an FAA-approved Collegiate Training Initiative program — resulting in associate’s or bachelor’s degrees — and were given preference in hiring because of that experience. ... Since 2014, any applicants with aviation degrees or military service are now on equal footing with people without any experience, because the first step to being hired means passing the questionnaire. In some cases, applicants with no experience are passing the questionnaire while those with academic training degrees...
  • FAA Says Boeing 787 Dreamliners Have 'Urgent Safety Issue'

    04/25/2016 10:23:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | APRIL 25, 2016 | Laura Lorenzetti
    <p>The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering fixes on General Electric engines used on some Boeing 787 Dreamliners after it found that an icing problem can cause the engines to shut down mid-flight.</p>
  • Managing Traffic in Space

    04/14/2016 5:22:03 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 3 replies
    Air Force Magazine | 14 April 2016 | Jennifer Hlad
    Colorado Springs, Colo.—The Federal Aviation Authority (sic) would like to develop an implementation plan "as soon as possible" to begin transitioning responsibility for collecting and disseminating safety-related space situational awareness data from the Air Force to the FAA, the associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the FAA said Wednesday. "We would want to accomplish that transition in a crawl, walk, run manner, so that all of the key stakeholders were comfortable with the approach that was being used, and with the resulting products and services," George Nield said at the 32nd Space Symposium, adding that the transition could be...
  • The “Establishment” Is sSow to Learn; Senate Republicans Pushing for More #GreenPork

    04/11/2016 10:51:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2016 | Marita Noon
    In this election cycle, we hear a lot about the “establishment.” Most people are not really sure who they are, but they are sure that they do not like them. The anger toward the establishment is not party specific and has propelled two unlikely candidates: Donald Trump on the Republican side and Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democrats. The faithful following these outsiders may be more about “the grassroots trying to teach the establishment a lesson,” as Gary Bauer posited last month, than about affection for either man. In an InfoWars video, reporter Richard Reeves, at the University of Texas...
  • Plane’s Emergency Slide Falls Mid-Air, Hits Arizona Woman’s Home

    04/01/2016 7:57:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 03/31/2016
    The slide landed at Self’s front door. “Someone else had called 911 and said that they had seen an object falling from an airplane,” Self told KPHO. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to KPHO that an Atlas Air Boeing 767 was on final approach to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix when the emergency escape slide deployed on the plane’s right wing. The plane was 2,800 feet up when the slide deployed and the crew – who were the only ones onboard – landed safely. “Did they hear something? Did the captain know something was going on?” Self wondered to KPHO....
  • The dead water parks at the heart of Disney World Florida

    03/24/2016 10:41:33 AM PDT · by kingu · 66 replies
    bbc.co.uk Newsbeat ^ | March 20, 2016 | staff
    Just east of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Florida, is a lake. In the middle of Bay Lake is an island that Disney won't let anyone set foot on. That's because Discovery Island is home to an abandoned park that they'd rather nobody saw. Just across the water is another deserted park, River Country. These images show nature reclaiming what Disney left behind. These are the only Disney parks to close permanently. Discovery Island was a nature reserve open between 1974 and 1999 and River Country, a water theme park, operated from 1976 to 2001.
  • FAA Admits Emails Missing in Air Traffic Control Cheating Scandal

    03/08/2016 5:22:21 AM PST · by jaydubya2 · 15 replies
    Fox Business ^ | March 03, 2016 | Adam Shapiro
    A motion filed by the Federal Aviation Administration in Federal Court admits the agency is unable to recover missing and “corrupted” emails at the center of a cheating scandal exposed by FOX Business Network’s “Trouble in the Skies” last May. The FBN report led to the resignation of Joseph Teixeira, Vice President of the FAA’s Safety and Technical Training Air Traffic Organization. Several members of Congress, including the chairman of the aviation subcommittee Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), demanded an investigation after rejected applicants who tried to become Air Traffic Control Specialists (ATCS) sued the FAA. They also filed a freedom...
  • Flight Student Facing Deportation Over Trump Post

    03/04/2016 3:44:07 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Avweb ^ | March 4, 2016 | Russ Niles
    Flight Student Facing Deportation Over Trump Post Russ Niles A commercial flight school student from Egypt is in jail in California after he posted what immigration officials perceive as a threat to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. It appears the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department is intent on deporting Emadeldin Elsayed for the Facebook post even though there was not enough evidence to charge him criminally. In the post, Elsayed said he would be willing to go to prison for life for killing Trump and the world would thank him for it. Elsayed and his lawyer Hani Bushra both have...
  • US senator wants government to set airline seat-size rules

    02/28/2016 6:03:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    AP News via Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2016
    NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish seat-size standards for commercial airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes "like sardines." The New York Democrat told The Associated Press the airlines have been slowly cutting down legroom and seat width. "One of the most vexing things when you travel on an airplane is there's almost no legroom on your standard flight," Schumer said. "There's been constant shrinkage by the airlines." He said he will add an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill that is pending before Congress...
  • Is An End To Air Traffic Control Gridlock Near?

    02/13/2016 5:56:32 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/12/2016 | John Merline
    The nation’s antiquated, balky, delay-prone air traffic control system could finally be a thing of the past, after a House committee approved a bill to transform the horribly mismanaged government-run Air Traffic Control system into a federally chartered non-profit corporation.
  • Donald Trump's Private Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Nashville

    02/03/2016 5:50:36 PM PST · by springwater13 · 207 replies
    Donald Trump's private jet made an emergency landing in Nashville Wednesday afternoon after the pilot reported engine problems, officials said. The Boeing 757 landed in Nashville at 4:40 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. Trump eventually made it to the event he was attending. It was unclear how he got there. The FAA is investigating the incident.
  • Can you shoot down a drone over your own yard? Maybe not

    01/14/2016 11:12:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    The Washington Post has an interesting interview this week with William Merideth, the Kentucky businessman who famously took a shotgun and introduced a terminal malfunction to a camera equipped drone hovering over his property last year. The case, while providing some amusement to the public initially, has raised vexing questions about property rights, privacy, and the limits of the government (under the auspices of the Federal Aviation Administration) to control the airspace over your property. It’s been mostly settled law for quite some time that property owners control the mineral rights and other resources under their land, but how much...
  • Remind Me Again--How Is Diversity Our Strength?

    01/11/2016 6:30:58 PM PST · by Benny Huang · 29 replies
    Wounded American Warrior ^ | January 11, 2016 | Benny Huang
    America's air traffic control towers suffer from a stunning lack of diversity--that's the official position of the Obama Administration's FAA, which quietly moved to abolish merit-based testing for air traffic controllers two years ago in an attempt to boost the number of women and minorities in the career field. Blacks and Hispanics apparently don't score as high on the Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) exam, the test the FAA once used to judge an applicant's job knowledge. That's not really a shocker, considering the fact that blacks and Hispanics score lower on every standardized test known to man, including...
  • FAA Finally Admits Names And Home Addresses In Drone Registry Will Be Publicly Available

    12/20/2015 8:35:41 PM PST · by South40 · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 18 DEC 2015 | John Goglia
    The FAA finally confirmed this afternoon that model aircraft registrants' names and home addresses will be public. In an email message, the FAA stated: "Until the drone registry system is modified, the FAA will not release names and address. When the drone registry system is modified to permit public searches of registration numbers, names and addresses will be revealed through those searches." I've been trying to get to the bottom of whether names and home addresses of model aircraft or hobby drone owners - including children as young as 13 - will be made available by the FAA to the...
  • Report: The FAA's Drone Registry Will Be Public—Including Names and Addresses

    12/18/2015 4:26:44 PM PST · by bigbob · 27 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12-18-15 | Alissa Walker
    On Monday, the FAA will launch its online registry for drone operators with the aim of collecting personal information from the owners of these unmanned aircraft. But according to a report from Forbes, all those names and addresses will eventually be publicly available. Which seems... kinda scary? Over at Forbes, John Goglia says he’s been poking the FAA for answers ever since the FAQ about registration went up. Of particular concern are two contradictory statements from the FAA and DOT. The FAA says only their agency and a contractor will have access to the personal information collected. The DOT says...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers ignoring qualified students and vets

    12/13/2015 3:57:52 PM PST · by Uncle Lonny · 37 replies
    ABC, channel 7, Denver, Colorado ^ | June 2, 2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley
    DENVER - Thousands of potential FAA air traffic control trainees, with College Initiative Training (CTI) degrees or previous military experience, have been told by the federal agency they are no longer eligible for job interviews. Instead, the FAA has decided to accept less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce.
  • Air Traffic Controllers Demand Investigation of FAA [blacks criticize affirmative action]

    07/06/2015 4:25:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Fox Businesses ^ | May 29, 2015 | Adam Shapiro
    The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, NATCA, has called for an investigation of the FAA’s hiring practices following the FOX Business investigation “Trouble in the Skies” first telecast on May 20th. A just released statement from the union which represents the nation’s air traffic controllers says, “NATCA believes these allegations must be thoroughly investigated. The FAA should carefully examine its hiring practices to ensure the highest quality candidates are selected for the training process. The flying public deserves nothing less.” FOX Business uncovered cheating on a key exam to become an air traffic controller as well as serious questions about...
  • Shortage of air traffic controllers is growing

    12/15/2015 1:45:51 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    KDVR ^ | December 10, 2015
    Air traffic controllers are well paid, averaging $136,000 per year. However you have to be under 31-year-old to start, training takes years. ... A major part of the problem is the FAA changed the way it hires controllers about two years ago. They have recently been hiring more of them off the street, instead of candidates with military or college aviation training. Now many of them don't make it through training.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration (Dec 21 deadline)

    12/14/2015 5:57:26 PM PST · by bigbob · 26 replies
    FAA.GOV ^ | 12/14/15 | FAA
    If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register. More info and FAQ at the link
  • New FAA rule requires drone owners to register by February 19

    12/14/2015 8:49:15 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 14, 2015 | David Morgan
    The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to heightened concerns about rogue drone flights near airports, unveiled a pre-Christmas rule on Monday requiring drone hobbyists as young as 13 to register their unmanned aircraft. The new online registry will require current drone owners to register by Feb. 19 while anyone who acquires aircraft after Dec. 21 would need to register before their first outdoor flight. After registering, drone owners will receive an FAA identification number that they must display on aircraft weighing between 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and 55 pounds (25 kgs). The FAA's online registration site, which will be launched next...
  • FAA says Santa Monica Airport must stay open until 2023

    12/05/2015 1:22:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 4, 2015 | Dan Weikel
    The Federal Aviation Administration ruled Friday that Santa Monica Airport must stay open at least until 2023 -- a decision that could frustrate the city's efforts to reduce flight operations and then shut down the historic facility in the near future. Santa Monica elected officials and anti-airport activists insist that the airport can be closed well before 2023 because, they say, all obligations to the federal government already have expired. Some have even claimed it could have been shuttered earlier this year, ending what they contend are the airport's noise, pollution and safety hazards.
  • Why NASA could be vital for the European ‘moon village’ concept

    11/09/2015 9:05:27 AM PST · by Marcus · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 9, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The aerospace newspaper Space News recounted an exchange that took place at the International Astronautical Conference in Jerusalem, Israel recently that proved to be cringe-worthy for observers of space policy. During a panel discussion at the conference, European Space Agency’s new director-general, Johann-Dietrich Woerner presented an idea he has been touting for some time called a “moon village.” The idea is that various countries would come together to establish a lunar base, each bringing in “their special ideas, their special competence.” The moon village would be a center of science and commerce, developing techniques for resource management and testing technology...
  • U.S. to tighten airline security after crash of Russian plane

    11/06/2015 10:26:45 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    The Washinton Post ^ | 7 Nov 15 | Ashley Halsey III
    As investigators search for the cause of a plane crash that killed 224 people over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday and Russia suspends all flights to Egypt, U.S. officials said they are taking unspecified precautionary measures to enhance the security of flights from the Middle East. “While the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic October 31 crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 on the Sinai Peninsula are still under investigation, Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) Peter Neffenger and I, out of an abundance of caution, have identified a series of interim, precautionary enhancements to aviation security with respect to commercial flights bound...
  • Official: ASU air traffic control students struggling to land jobs amidst shortage

    10/20/2015 10:51:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    KTAR ^ | October 20, 2015 | Mike Sackley
    As the nation deals with an air traffic controller shortage, some qualified candidates are not getting hired to fill those positions. Officials said Arizona State University’s air traffic management program has seen its enrollment numbers drop 50 percent. That is due to new hiring procedures put in place last year by the Federal Aviation Administration. Until recently, students who attended an FAA-approved college training initiative program like the one at ASU were shown preference in the controller hiring process. Now, those students are in the same applicant pool as anyone from the general public who applies for a controller job....
  • Weather Conditions for: Burlington/Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Airport, WA. KBVS NWS/FAA)

    09/16/2015 6:12:52 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    NWS/FAA ^ | 16 Sep 5:35 am PDT | NWS/FAA
    Weather Conditions for: Burlington/Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Airport, WA. Time (PDT) 16 Sep 5:35 am PDT Temp.(f) 82
  • American Airlines 'flew wrong plane' to Hawaii

    09/13/2015 6:17:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/13/15 | Bonnie Malkin
    An American Airlines plane that was not cleared to undertake long flights over water was flown from Los Angeles to Hawaii by mistake, violating US Federal Aviation Association regulations. The incident took place last month, when an A321 plane was accidentally flown to Honolulu, despite not being certified to take extended flights over sea.
  • FBI outlines reasons why six Southwest Airlines passengers were arrested and charged in Amarillo

    09/01/2015 5:48:43 PM PDT · by DFG · 54 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/1/2015 | Terry Maxon
    FBI special agent T. Scott Hendricks has filed an affidavit explaining why Southwest Airlines diverted a San Diego-Chicago flight to Amarillo late Monday and booted six passengers off the flight. The six, said to be members of a San Diego area soccer team, were subsequently arrested and charged with “interference with a flight crew and abetting.” Basically, according to Hendricks per Southwest, the passengers –Khalid Yohana, 19; Wasim Imad Shaker, 23; Essa Solaqa, 20; Ghazwan Assad Shaba, 21; Jonathan Khalid Petras, 20; and Saiman Hermez, 19– were refusing orders from the flight attendants, challenging their authority and being mean to...
  • Watchdog: FAA 8 years away from pilot database (started five years ago)

    08/26/2015 4:38:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 8/24/15
    Washington (CNN)The Federal Aviation Administration has delayed creating a critical database, which Congress mandated, to help keep track and weed out poorly trained pilots.
  • FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved

    08/15/2015 2:20:05 PM PDT · by wtd · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 8/15/2015 | Brett Zongker
    FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air traffic was snarled and passengers' tempers frayed on Saturday as many flights to and from airports throughout a large swath of the Northeast stretching from New York down to the Carolinas were delayed or cancelled. The Federal Aviation Administration blamed the problem on "technical issues" at an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Va. Around 4 p.m., the agency said the problem had been resolved, and that officials were working to lift any remaining orders to hold planes on the ground. Delays began building about...
  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2015 | Lynh Bui
    Washington area airports and others along the East Coast are reporting flight delays due to an issue with the system that routes air traffic, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control Web site. “The FAA is diagnosing an automation problem at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Va.,” according to a statement from the agency. “Some flights into and out of the New York and Washington, DC metro area airports area may be delayed.”
  • Father Who Shot Down Drone Hovering Over His House as Daughter Sunbathed is Arrested

    08/01/2015 7:57:03 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07/31/2015 | dailymail.com reporter
    A father shot was arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was hovering over his sunbathing daughter. William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment. The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend's house, when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend.
  • Intoxicated air traffic controller found shirtless, unconscious on floor of control tower

    07/20/2015 9:13:53 AM PDT · by DFG · 44 replies
    roadwarriorvoices.com ^ | 07/20/2015 | Jelisa Castrodale
    OK, raise your hand if you’ve ever had the kind of night out that stretches into the next morning, the kind where you don’t greet the new day as much as you just try not to barf on its shoes? And keep those hands up if you’ve ever stumbled into work still drunk, taken your shirt off and then passed out facedown in your own office? Just you, Philip Maschek? The 50-year-old Arkansas air traffic controller was arrested after one of his coworkers found him unconscious on the floor of the control tower at the Springdale Municipal Airport last Thursday...
  • F.A.A. to Drop Donald Trump-Related Navigation Codes

    07/09/2015 1:18:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 9, 2015 | KAREN SCHWARTZ
    Three navigation coordination points above Palm Beach International Airport that had been named in honor of Donald J. Trump will be renamed, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. “In general, the F.A.A. chooses names that are noncontroversial,” said an agency spokeswoman, Laura Brown. A growing number of businesses have been severing ties with Mr. Trump since the Republican presidential candidate made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants in a campaign speech. That includes NBC, which aired Mr. Trump’s show, “The Apprentice.” In 2010, an air traffic controller who was a fan of Mr. Trump’s reality show and its catchphrase, “You’re fired,”...
  • United Airlines flights in US grounded due to computer issues

    07/08/2015 6:34:22 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 11 replies
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | July 08, 2015 | FOXNEWS.COM
    DEVELOPING: United Airlines grounded all flights in the U.S. Wednesday due to a massive computer glitch. The Federal Aviation Administration said the situation was triggered by "automation issues."
  • FAA: Two Planes At Midway Began Takeoffs At Same Time

    06/18/2015 2:58:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    CBS TV Chicago ^ | June 17, 2015 | Staff
    Two planes began their takeoffs on intersecting runways at Chicago’s Midway airport on Tuesday evening, before being ordered to stop by air traffic control and averting a collision in the center of the airport, the FAA confirmed. The two planes involved were Southwest Flight 3828 bound for
  • Feds Create ‘No-Fly Zone’ For Hillary Clinton Campaign Event

    06/14/2015 11:19:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/13/15 | Patrick Howley
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established a “no-fly zone” for commercial airplanes around the site of Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch Saturday on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. The FAA’s “Temporary flight restrictions for VIP Movement” notice made clear that people in planes trespassing over Hillary’s event could get shot down. “The United States government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat,” the notice said. Though Clinton is not the president, and thus should not normally warrant this kind of federal privilege, her husband, former president Bill Clinton,...
  • Affirmative Action Applied to Air Traffic Controllers

    06/11/2015 3:10:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 9, 2015 | Dave Blount
    How far will our ideologically demented ruling class push Affirmative Action before people start pushing back? Already it has played a role in destroying our schools, with a liberal judge actually abolishing aptitude tests on the grounds that blacks don’t score as well. But apparently people don’t think it matters whether teachers have any qualifications other than skin color. If being black can get you into the White House, why not a classroom? Maybe airliners crashing into each other will wake people up:
  • A glimpse at the future of commercial space mining, as the SPACE Act passes House of Representatives

    05/28/2015 7:15:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Next Web News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Bryan Clark
    In a move that shows commercial space exploration is not just possible, but probable, the United States House of Representatives just passed the SPACE Act in order to lay down some general guidelines in case you want to, you know, start a mining operation in space. While private charters like Virgin Galactic, and colonization missions to Mars by the likes of SpaceX are all the rage these days, the bill would suggest that enough private organizations have an interest in mining valuable resources from space that the need for legislation is necessary. Bear in mind, not a single private company...
  • FAA Hiring Scandal Barely Registers with the Media

    05/28/2015 9:01:30 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 27, 2015 | Roger Aronoff
    The Fox Business Network (FBN) should be congratulated for launching a six-month investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s hiring practices, an investigation revealing complicity between the FAA and diversity groups such as the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE). The findings were revealed on “The Willis Report” last week on FBN. The investigation resulted in an article by Adam Shapiro, exposing a story of corruption and attempts to stoke favoritism, where an FAA employee and head of an NBCFAE chapter worked to increase the likelihood that minority candidates would succeed under the FAA’s new hiring practices. Ironically, one...
  • Trouble in the Skies

    05/21/2015 12:44:39 PM PDT · by ComputerGuy · 20 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/21/2015 | Adam Shapiro
    Trouble in the Skies Adam Shapiro FOX Business' "Trouble in the Skies," a six month investigation of the FAA’s new hiring practices, uncovered changes that may put the nation’s flying public at risk as well as allegations that the newest air traffic control recruits had access to answers on a key test that helped them gain jobs with the FAA. snip... Also uncovered was an FAA effort to promote diversity that discarded 3000 qualified college graduates with degrees in air traffic control despite their following FAA procedure and obtaining FAA accredited degrees.
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    04/29/2015 12:02:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 29, 2015 2:48 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
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