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  • Harmless Drones Get Federal Flak

    04/13/2014 7:22:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In March 2012, volunteers spent four days looking for a 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his home outside Houston, Texas. They found him only after volunteers reviewing images captured by a drone-mounted aerial camera saw a flash of red in a pond that had already been searched. It turned out to be a shirt worn by the child, who had drowned. That was not the first time members of Texas EquuSearch had used these small model planes to help locate a missing person. But if the Federal Aviation Administration has its way, it won't happen again. In February, the...
  • Judge dismisses FAA fine against small drone user

    03/07/2014 2:20:03 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 07, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies. Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft. FAA officials said they were reviewing the decision and had no...
  • FAA Grounds Valentine’s Flower Delivery Drone

    02/14/2014 2:45:46 PM PST · by Jean S · 4 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 2/13/14 | Matt Roush
    COMMERCE TWP. (WWJ) – A Commerce Township floral delivery company says the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded its experiment in delivering flowers by unmanned mini-helicopter. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com said the FAA has informed them that commercial drone use is only allowed on a pre-authorized, case-by-case basis — and told the company to knock it off.“Cupid’s wings have been clipped,” said the company’s CEO, Wesley Berry.But at least the FAA was nice about it, Berry said. “The FAA was extremely professional and polite,” he said. “I couldn’t have been chastised in a nicer way.”Berry said he agreed with the FAA’s characterization of delivery...
  • Use Of Drone At Hartford Crash Scene

    "The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to FOX CT News Thursday they are investigating the use of a drone at a Hartford fatal crash scene Saturday. Questions about officer safety and public privacy are emerging now after the drone was spotted above a fatal car crash on Main Street. FOX CT was the only media organization to obtain the official Hartford Police Department incident report Thursday, detailing the chain of events. According to the report, officers spotted a drone flying over the scene of the crash, in which the bodies were still in the car."
  • FAA Stops Beer Drone Delivery

    01/30/2014 11:59:11 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 116 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 30 Jan 2014 | ELIZABETH SHELD
    The Lakemaid micro brewery started delivering beer to ice fishers using drones, at least until the FAA coldly shut their operation down. The FAA is currently reviewing their policies. According to the beer company’s president, Jack Supple, “They think it’s a great idea, though they’re telling me to stop.”
  • U.S. Names Domestic Test Sites for Drone Aircraft

    12/30/2013 3:35:02 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Federal Aviation Administration will authorize test sites for drone aircraft in upstate New York, New Jersey and at least eight other states, the agency said on Monday, but integrating the aircraft into the nation’s airspace, set by Congress for 2015, will be phased in gradually. The agency picked six institutions to operate test locations, which will explore how to set safety standards, how to train and certify their ground-based pilots, how to ensure that the aircraft will operate safely even if they lose their radio links with the ground and, most of all, how to replace the traditional method...
  • Small plane crashes at big airport; no one notices

    10/29/2013 7:17:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2013 | Mike M. Ahlers
    Authorities struggled to explain how a small plane crashed at an international airport, erupted in fire, but evidently went unnoticed for hours. The incident occurred early Tuesday in Nashville. But exactly what time remains a mystery.
  • Union: FAA furloughs airline safety inspectors

    09/30/2013 8:07:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2013 10:49 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Nearly 3,000 aviation safety inspectors are being furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the government shutdown, the union representing the inspectors said Monday. The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining their planes safely, conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots, and visit domestic and foreign repair stations where airlines send planes for major overhauls, among other safety jobs, said Kori Blalock Keller, a spokeswoman for the union, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists. …
  • Report: Reagan Washington National Airport Flights Grounded

    09/16/2013 6:44:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 69 replies
    WUSA-TV via Twitter ^ | Monday, September 16, 2013 | Andrea McCarren
    On board flight out of #DCA. Still on runway. Flight crew just told us "all planes have been grounded indefinitely." No reason given.@wusa9
  • Missing Airplanes Data Has FAA Scrambling to Get Control of a Huge Problem

    08/03/2013 9:58:44 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2010 | Chris Hawley, Associated Press
    The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files.About 119,000 of the aircraft on the U.S....
  • Photos of Asiana Flight 214 removal (Bandwidth warning)

    07/31/2013 9:56:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    7-25-2013
    Here are some really good photos of the crashed Boeing 777 known as Asiana Flight 214.These include pics of the interior, exterior, landing gear, engines, and removal and loading process.
  • Washington To Be Largely Absent From AirVenture This Year

    07/29/2013 3:42:06 AM PDT · by taildragger · 9 replies
    Aero-News ^ | 07/29/2013 | Site Author
    FAA Administrator Will Not Be Attending The Show FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will not be attending Oshkosh this year. And while he had a previous family engagement made months in advance, it is at the very least unfortunate timing given the ultimatum handed to EAA over air traffic control services for the show.
  • Colorado city proposes drone hunting permits; FAA threatens prosecution

    07/21/2013 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 21, 2013 | Leslie Eastman
    As Professor Jacobson’s recent pictorial essay noted, there is something for both the left and right to hate about the Obama Administration’s use of drones. As the co-founder of San Diego’s first Tea Party group, I love the grassroots initiative displayed by the citizens of one Colorado town to address the concerns Americans have over the use of these aerial vehicles over their skies. They propose a new type of hunting license that combines free market savvy while targeting statist government tactics. The small town of Deer Trail, Colo. is considering a bold move. The town board will be voting...
  • FAA issues warning about shooting at drones

    07/19/2013 2:21:40 PM PDT · by Rio · 68 replies
    The Oregonian (AP) ^ | 7/19/2013 | Unknown AP
    WASHINGTON — People who fire guns at drones are endangering the public and property and could be prosecuted or fined, the Federal Aviation Administration warned Friday.
  • Low-down on Korean pilots (re Asiana crash)

    07/10/2013 7:58:51 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 48 replies
    Professional Pilots Rumour Network ^ | 9th Jul 2013, 19:53 | Expat trainer
    After I retired from UAL as a Standards Captain on the -400, I got a job as a simulator instructor working for Alteon (a Boeing subsidiary) at Asiana. When I first got there, I was shocked and surprised by the lack of basic piloting skills shown by most of the pilots. It is not a normal situation with normal progression from new hire, right seat, left seat taking a decade or two. One big difference is that ex-Military pilots are given super-seniority and progress to the left seat much faster. Compared to the US, they also upgrade fairly rapidly because...
  • No drug, alcohol testing done on crew after crash

    07/10/2013 3:10:37 PM PDT · by oxcart · 15 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 07/10/13 | Kevin Robillard
    U.S. authorities couldn’t perform drug or alcohol tests on the four pilots who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport — a lapse that will complicate efforts to figure out why they were seemingly unaware that the plane was coming in too slowly and too low. Those were the latest revelations Tuesday from National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Debbie Hersman, who said her agency and the Federal Aviation Administration couldn’t legally requirethe crew of the South Korea-based airline to submit to testing after the crash. That decision is left to the airline’s home country....
  • FAA will require airline pilots to have at least 1,500 flight hours

    07/10/2013 3:26:51 PM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 07/10/2013 | Terry Maxon
    The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was making final a rule that says all commercial airline pilots hired by U.S. carriers will be required to have at least 1,500 hours of flight time. The Air Line Pilots Association, which praised the new rule, said it goes into effect Aug. 1. The FAA, in announcing that the rule will be published soon, said the new requirements were adopted in reaction to the crash of a Colgan Air airplane near Buffalo, N.Y., in 2009, in which both the captain and first officer were relatively inexperienced.
  • Pilot was attempting his first Boeing 777 landing at San Francisco airport, airline says

    07/08/2013 4:28:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 70 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-8-2013 | FoxNews
    Asiana Airlines said Monday that the pilot in control of the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco Saturday had little experience flying that type of plane and was landing one for the first time at that airport. Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin told the Associated Press Monday that Lee Gang-guk was trying to get used to the 777 during Saturday's crash landing. She says the pilot had nearly 10,000 hours flying other planes, including the Boeing 747, but had only 43 hours on the 777. Hyomin told Reuters that co-pilot Lee Jeong-min has 3,220 hours of flying experience with the...
  • Airport landing system off when plane crashed in San Francisco

    07/07/2013 8:11:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 166 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 07, 2013 | Peter Henderson and Dan Levine
    A navigation system that helps pilots make safe descents was turned off at San Francisco airport on Saturday when a South Korean airliner crashed and burned after undershooting the runway ... The system, called Glide Path, is meant to help planes land in bad weather. It was clear and sunny, with light winds, when Asiana ... San Francisco International has turned off the system for nearly the entire summer on the runway where the Asiana flight crashed, according to a notice from the airport on the Federal Aviation Administration's Web site
  • Audio: ATC scrambles for San Francisco Asiana B777 crash (How it sounded to air traffic control)

    07/06/2013 9:21:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    airtrafficmanagement.net ^ | 7-6-2013 | Aimee Turner
    LiveATC.net has captured the final approach of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea was on a direct flight and was landing on to runway 28L when it crashed at 11.36am. [photo] San Francisco Fire Department officials are reported to have confirmed fatalities in the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER crash. Local news media KTVU has reported that two passengers were killed and 61 injured. [photo] Flightglobal.com reports that the 2006-registered aircraft HL7742 had accumulated 35,700h on 5,185 cycles at 31 March. The 777-200ER, one of 12 in the Asiana fleet, was powered by the Pratt & Whitney...
  • Customs and Border Protection Aircraft Searches: Your Rights And Responsibilities

    06/25/2013 6:05:10 AM PDT · by taildragger · 17 replies
    AvWeb ^ | 06/23/2013 | Russ Niles
    In the last few weeks there have been widely circulated reports about law-abiding pilots being confronted by heavily armed local cops and federal Customs and Border Protection agents who appear to act as if they have absolute authority to search and interrogate pilots and passengers. "At least 12 of our members have been stopped and had their plane searched by CBP for absolutely no reason at all," said AOPA spokesman Steve Hedges. "We've asked CBP for documents related to the searches, filing a Freedom of Information Act to get it, but so far they have been unresponsive." As always, it's...
  • Is the TSA agent who told a 15-year-old girl to “cover herself” a Muslim?

    06/21/2013 10:52:33 AM PDT · by BobNative · 28 replies
    TSA News, Bare Naked Islam ^ | June 17 and 21, 2013 | Sommer Gentry
    One clue that it might be, the TSA refuses to publish his name. But if you’ve been through any airport lately, you’ll notice an unusually high number of Muslim TSA agents, no doubt an Obama-sponsored affirmative action program for third world Muslims.
  • FAA Not Budging On AirVenture Controller Decision

    06/06/2013 11:58:16 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 14 replies
    AeroNews ^ | Thu, Jun 06, 2013 | Staff
    AirVenture is not just a big deal to the aviation community, or even the city of Oshkosh, WI. Estimates are that the week-long "Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration" has a $110 million economic impact on the state. So when the FAA demanded that EAA pony up about a half million dollars to pay for air traffic controllers to work the show, it got the attention of the state's two U.S. Senators.
  • ABC, CBS media linked to the Obama administration, NBC link uncovered today

    06/02/2013 2:55:27 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 54 replies
    GOP The Daily Dose ^ | 6/1/2013 | CHRISTOPHER COLLINS
    Richard Grenell, a political consultant and media commentator reported today via Twitter that NBC’s Mark Murray, senior political editor for NBC News wife, Sasha is an Obama appointee but never publicly disclosed it. Grenell asked Murray yesterday if he was married to an Obama appointee and why it was not disclosed. Murray told him that he hasn’t publicly disclosed that his wife is an Obama appointee because he told NBC officials and they didn’t care. Murray also told Grenell that his first wife worked for Ray Lahood so disclosing her as an Obama appointee wasn’t necessary. Murray’s wife, Sasha Johnson...
  • Annals of the Security State: More Airplane Stories

    05/24/2013 12:41:28 PM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/21/13 | Fallows
    "My dad fought a war so this can never happen in America. I will not dishonor my father's memory by giving up what he fought for. No, sir. With all due respect, I will not consent to a search without a proper warrant." James Fallows May 21 2013, 11:34 AM ET Over the weekend I related the story of Gabriel Silverstein, a businessman and pilot who for no apparent reason was subjected to a two-hour detention and invasive search by Homeland Security officials as he traveled across the country in his small plane. The picture above is not from that...
  • Can Washington Replicate FAA Fix?

    04/30/2013 9:35:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Pecksniffs of America had nothing but scorn for Congress' vote last week to stop furloughs of air traffic controllers, which were ostensibly mandated under the 2011 Budget Control Act. Congress failed to act to stop cuts to Head Start and Meals On Wheels, critics sneered, but did stop the Federal Aviation Administration cuts largely because they hit lawmakers where they live -- on the planes that fly them to and from their home districts. Nonsense. Congress did what it was supposed to do. Capitol Hill responded to the flying public's righteous anger. There was a fear factor: If a...
  • A Typo Keeps FAA Air Traffic Furloughs From Ending, President Obama Waits For Correction to Sign

    04/27/2013 1:32:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    WPTV ^ | 4/27/13 | Kevin Bohn and Deirdre Walsh
    A typo is keeping President Obama from signing legislation designed to end budget-related FAA air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays, a congressional source told CNN Saturday. But the fix is going into effect anyway, and the system will be back to normal by Sunday, the FAA said. Apparently the holdup boils down to an "s" needing to be added somewhere in the Senate version of the bill -- it's not clear which word is the culprit. The House fixed the typo in the version it passed Friday, and the Senate plans to fix it on Tuesday, a...
  • Obama chides lawmakers over flight delay fix, budget conflict [Clown Submitted Budget 2 Months Late]

    04/27/2013 3:59:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/27/13 | Jeff Mason
    ... k Obama chided Republicans on Saturday for approving a plan to ease air-traffic delays caused by federal spending cuts while leaving budget cuts that affect children and the elderly untouched. The Senate and the House of Representatives backed a plan this week to give the Department of Transportation flexibility to cover immediate salaries of air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration who had been furloughed as part of budget cuts known as "sequester.
  • Senate passes bill to end FAA furloughs

    04/26/2013 4:48:23 AM PDT · by ItsOurTimeNow · 15 replies
    WASHINGTON – Legislation to end furloughs of air traffic controllers and delays for millions of travelers is headed to a House vote after a dark-of-night vote in the Senate that took place after most lawmakers had left the Capitol for a weeklong vacation. The bill passed late Thursday without even a roll call vote, and House officials indicated it likely would be brought up for quick approval there. Under the legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs, to "prevent reduced operations and staffing" through the...
  • Senate votes to end furloughs of air traffic controllers

    04/25/2013 9:16:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/13 | Ashley Halsey III and Lori Montgomery
    The Senate took the first step toward circumventing sequestration Thursday night with a bipartisan vote that would put furloughed air traffic controllers back on the job. The House is expected to take up the measure Friday, and the White House has promised to consider any bill which it receives. The Senate vote came in response to passengers angered this week by long delays at several major airports. If the Senate bill wins House approval and is signed into law by President Obama, the furloughed controllers are not expected to return to work before Saturday
  • The Democrats have lost on sequestration

    04/28/2013 12:41:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, April 26, 2013 | Ezra Klein
    That’s the simple reality of Friday’s vote to ease the pain for the Federal Aviation Administration. By assenting to it, Democrats have agreed to sequestration for the foreseeable future. In effect, what Democrats said Friday was that in any case where the political pain caused by sequestration becomes unbearable, they will agree to cancel that particular piece of the bill while leaving the rest of the law untouched. The result is that sequestration is no longer particularly politically threatening, but it’s even more unbalanced: Cuts to programs used by the politically powerful will be addressed, but cuts to programs that...
  • Courts and Congress give Obama adult supervision (Obama failing on many fronts)

    04/27/2013 1:51:35 PM PDT · by what's up · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr 23, 2013 | George Will
    Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, has told Richard Cordray not to bother. This is part of the recent evidence that government is getting some adult supervision. Barack Obama used a recess appointment to make Cordray director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But a federal circuit court has declared unconstitutional three other recess appointments made the same day because the Senate was not in recess. So Hensarling has told Cordray not to testify before his committee: “Absent contrary guidance from the United States Supreme Court, you do not meet the statutory requirements of a validly...
  • Air Traffic Slowdown is Manufactured Crisis (You Didn't Know that?

    04/27/2013 10:40:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama is clearly playing a nasty political game with the air traffic controller furloughs that have forced severe airline delays across the country. It's not the first time he's exploited the budget-cutting sequestration law for political purposes. Earlier this year, he tried to stir up fears that our economy would be hit by fiscal Armageddon if the Republican House didn't submit to his tax-hiking, big-spending demands. But his hysterical claims that our food would be unsafe, America's defenses would crumble and the elderly would lose their benefits have proven to be groundless. A headline in Thursday's Washington...
  • One Super Simple Chart Shines Light On Obama's Lies About The Sequester

    04/27/2013 10:27:50 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-27-13 | The Looking Spoon
    This chart is brought to us courtesy of Guy Benson/Freedom Works, see Bensons piece on this here.
  • The Real FAA Lesson: User fees paid by air travelers can be diverted to unrelated gov't spending

    04/27/2013 6:19:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/27/2013 | Nicole Gelinas
    That was fast. After barely a work week of hours-long airport delays and missed international connections, both parties have slunk away from the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts that were lopping $637 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s budget. But wonks shouldn’t forget the FAA cuts too quickly. President Obama has unwittingly made the best case for privatizing the nation’s aviation-control system since controllers went on strike 32 years ago. Air passengers were outraged this week — but they should have been doubly outraged. Unlike, say, Medicare, the FAA is supposed to be fully funded by the users of its...
  • Boorish Bashir Strikes Again: Americans Prefer 'Gonorrhea' To Congress

    04/26/2013 6:29:14 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 26, 2013 | Mark Finkelstein
    What is it with Martin Bashir and his proclivity to strut salacious language with women guests? A couple of months ago, we noted the MSNBC host claiming to guest Karen Finney that Marco Rubio, in his questioning of a hearing witness, was seeking to show that he had "very strong testicles." This evening, taking things a vulgar step further, Bashir told another Dem woman that Americans so detest Congress that they "would rather contract gonorrhea" than show respect for that institution. View the video here.
  • Breaking: House passes bill to end FAA furloughs

    04/26/2013 10:14:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    On a slow news day, this qualifies as breaking news. Democrats and Republicans have come together in rare bipartisan fashion to slap down the FAA’s sequester antics by increasing the spending flexibility of the agency to deal with a 4% reduction of a budget that’s gone up almost 10% over the last six years: In rare bipartisan accord, normally quarrelsome U.S. lawmakers passed a measure designed to end budget-related air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays.The House of Representatives approved the legislation, capping a major congressional initiative as delays snarled traffic at airports. The House vote comes a...
  • White House in Full Retreat as FAA Sequester Stunt Backfires

    04/26/2013 9:56:42 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 21 replies
    Towen Hall ^ | Apr. 26, 2013 | Guy Benson
    The Obama administration's second installment of sequester scare tactics is working about as well as its first go 'round. Run away: The White House has endorsed a plan to eliminate FAA spending cuts that have cause air travel delays across the country. The agency has been forced to furlough air traffic controllers as part of the automatic budget cuts that kicked in this spring. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to end the cuts by claiming savings from the draw down of war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. Republicans reject his proposal calling it an accounting gimmick. Of course it's...
  • Extravagance at the FAA: Despite sequestration, the agency overspends

    04/26/2013 7:41:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    In congressional testimony on Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Michel Huerta cited his agency’s Next Generation Air Transportation System — NextGen for short — as an example of the critical “investments” the federal government is making and must continue to make in air-traffic-control infrastructure, even as controllers are being furloughed, causing widespread delays and disruption at the nation’s airports. NextGen is an ambitious multiyear, multibillion-dollar project to increase air-traffic efficiency through technological innovation. Representative Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) asked Huerta whether, “in light of the current situation,” funding for NextGen projects should “have priority over the operation of commercial...
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to end air traffic controller furloughs

    04/25/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 Apr13 | Richard Cowan and Doug Palmer
    <p>WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved legislation to provide enough funding for federal air traffic controllers through Sept. 30 to end furloughs that have brought widespread airline delays. Several Senate aides said an agreement had been reached on a bill giving the Department of Transportation new flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.</p>
  • Flying the Government Skies (The 4% FAA "sequester" spending cut that somehow delays 40% of flights)

    04/25/2013 8:45:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    As travellers nationwide are learning, the White House has decided to express its dislike of the sequester—otherwise known as modestly smaller government—by choosing to cut basic air traffic control services. We wrote about this human- rights violation on Tuesday in "Flight Delays as Political Strategy," but the story gets worse the closer we look. Start with the Federal Aviation Administration, better known as the Postal Service without the modern technology. Flyers directly fund two-thirds of the FAA's budget through 17 airline taxes and fees—about 20% of the cost of a $300 domestic ticket, up from 7% in the 1970s. Yet...
  • FAA Flight Delays An Old Bureaucratic Game

    04/24/2013 2:38:09 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 24 April 2013 | Editorial
    Government: The FAA has done an incompetent job of making tiny sequester budget cuts, leading to flight delays across the country. It's time for Congress to haul these people in and make them explain their real priorities. By the Federal Aviation Administration's logic, all it takes is a 5% cut in the FAA's $12.5 billion budget, as the 2011 Budget Control Act requires, to throw the whole air transportation system out of whack. The result? Three-hour delays for 1,200 flights at America's busiest hub airports — including all three in the New York area, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta —...
  • Shuster Statement on Administration’s FAA Furlough Plans

    04/23/2013 5:35:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster ^ | 4/23/13 | House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster
    Washington, DC – House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) issued the following statement today after Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced that a five percent budget reduction due to sequestration would result in the furloughing of thousands of air traffic controllers and potentially disrupt the travel plans of the flying public: “The FAA’s management of sequestration is quickly going from bad to worse. Given that the FAA’s budget increased more than 100 percent over the last 15 years, finding five percent in savings shouldn’t need to significantly...
  • Will flight delays stir up ire against sequester?

    04/23/2013 5:12:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 23 Apr 13 | Patrik Jonsson
    Rolling flight delays. Cancellations. Heavy sighs and grim smirks in packed airport concourses. Has the sequester, Washington’s much-debated automatic spending cut package, finally landed? In response to the sequester deal struck by President Obama and Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration this weekend began to furlough its entire 47,000-person workforce (including 13,000 air traffic controllers) to abide by some $637 billion in automatic spending cuts that have to be made by October. The cutbacks mean each employee has to stay at home, unpaid, one day every other week. The furloughs had an immediate impact on travel on Monday, contributing to two-hour...
  • Since the sequester was a cut in the increase, why the furloughs for air traffic controllers?

    04/23/2013 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    4/23/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Since the sequester was a cut in the increase, not a cut in the baseline spending, why is the FAA cutting $600 million dollars and blaming the furloughs on the sequester? Did I miss something? BTW, didn't Bob Woodward say that the sequester was Lew's idea and was jumped on by Obama?
  • Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts

    04/22/2013 8:51:27 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz
    It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning. Some flights out of New York and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground. The federal agency has said furloughs of air traffic controllers could lead to delays if there weren't enough people to monitor busy air corridors. *** Government budget cuts that kicked in last month are forcing the FAA and other agencies to cut their spending. FAA officials have said they...
  • FAA clears Boeing 787 to return to flight

    04/19/2013 1:04:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 19, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that it has formally approved Boeing’s design for modifications to the 787 Dreamliner battery system, clearing the way to end the plane’s three-month grounding. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency hasn’t changed the Dreamliner’s ETOPS (“extended operations”) certification, which means the 787 will have continued approval to fly up to three hours away from the nearest airport. Michael Huerta, head of the FAA, told a Senate hearing Tuesday that ETOPS approval was under review. The decision not to reduce the three-hour limit is crucial to the jet’s use for flying long routes...
  • FAA warns of 3.5 hour flight delays this summer (Make them feel the pain)

    04/18/2013 3:58:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/18/2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa and Alwyn Scott
    Flight delays of up to 3-1/2 hours are expected at some busy U.S. airports this summer because of furloughs of air-traffic controllers, the top U.S. aviation regulator warned on Thursday. The estimate from the Federal Aviation Administration is the first to detail, in minutes and hours, the potential delays from the agency's decision to furlough 10 percent of its staff, starting Sunday, as it struggles to meet budget cuts required under so-called sequestration. Other groups, including the air-traffic controller's union, have warned of potentially long delays and reduced capacity to handle airplanes, which could force airlines to cut flights. But...
  • Roaches, Mosquitoes, and Birds: The Coming Micro-Drone Revolution

    04/15/2013 6:46:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 15, 2013 | John W. Whitehead
    “[Drones are a] game-changing technology, akin to gunpowder, the steam engine, the atomic bomb—opening up possibilities that were fiction a generation earlier but also opening up perils that were unknown a generation ago.”—Peter Singer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution America will never be a “no drone zone.” That must be acknowledged from the outset. There is too much money to be made on drones, for one, and too many special interest groups—from the defense sector to law enforcement to the so-called “research” groups that are in it for purely “academic” reasons—who have a vested interest in ensuring that drones...
  • FAA delays closing of airport control towers

    04/05/2013 1:00:37 PM PDT · by oxcart · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 05, 2013 | JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The closings of control towers at 149 small airports, due to begin this weekend because of government-wide spending cuts, are being delayed until mid-June, federal regulators announced Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration said it needs more time to deal with legal challenges to the closures. Also, about 50 airport authorities and other "stakeholders" have indicated they want to fund the operations of the towers themselves rather than see them shut down, and more time will be needed to work out those plans, the agency said in a statement. The first 24 tower closures were scheduled to begin...