FAA News

Mobile Apps Help Lower Fatal Private Plane Crashes

Fatalities in crashes of small private planes have fallen to the lowest levels in decades as industry and government work to address an area of aviation that has lagged behind jetliners in dramatic safety improvements. While aviation crash analysts caution …

Passengers Risk Lives Grabbing Luggage as Planes Burn

If your flight has an emergency and you’re told to evacuate, be certain that at least two things will happen. You’ll experience the adrenaline rush of a lifetime, for one. But you’ll also hear the urgent commands of flight attendants …

First Autonomous Urban Drone Delivery in Nevada

A drone has delivered a package to a residential location in a small western Nevada town in what its maker says is the first fully autonomous, federally approved urban drone delivery in the United States. Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney announced …

Expected Small Airports’ Tower Closures Raising Safety, Insurance Concerns

When landing a plane amid birds, bobcats or alligators, it helps to have an air traffic controller on the lookout. But many small airports across the United States face losing this extra pair of eyes starting April 1, as budget …

Industry Opposition Slows Airline Safety Law Implementation: Report

Federal regulators are struggling to overcome substantial industry opposition and implement a sweeping aviation safety law enacted after the last fatal U.S. airline crash nearly four years ago, according to a report by a government watchdog. The Federal Aviation Administration …

FAA Seeks Fines Against Colgan Air Over New York Crash

Colgan Air failed to provide adequate rest breaks for crews on some flights within seven months of a 2009 crash near Buffalo, New York, that killed 50 people and raised questions about tired pilots, regulators said on Friday. The Federal …

Lawmakers Block Safety Rules for Lithium Battery Shipments

Lawmakers responded to pleas from industry and foreign governments on Friday with a tentative agreement to block the Obama administration from requiring that air shipments of lithium batteries be treated as hazardous cargo because of the danger of fires during …