Federal Aviation Administration News

Delay in Drone Rules Jeopardizes Research, Competitiveness, Congress Told

Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel this week. The Federal Aviation …

Erie Insurance Seeks Approval for Drone Use

Erie Insurance Group recently filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking permission for commercial operations of small unmanned drone aircraft. The Erie, Pennsylvania-based insurer said in its Nov. 14 filing that the company seeks to use the …

Louisiana Agriculture Officials Seek Drone Rule Changes

Louisiana agricultural officials have asked the federal government to loosen restrictions on the use of pilotless aerial vehicles. The Advocate reported the Federal Aviation Administration is modifying drone regulations and is expected to release proposed rules in November. LSU AgCenter …

Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash Insurance May Pose Quandary

Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine on Thursday is likely to pay out relatively quickly, provided that the cause of the crash is firmly determined, but observers say the loss of of 295 lives [corrected to 298] …

Insurer, Cargo Firm Sue FAA Over Payments for Military Crash in Afghanistan

National Air Cargo Group Inc. and its insurer sued the U.S. for breach of contract, saying the government failed to provide reimbursement of as much as $45 million for the crash of a Boeing 747-400 on a military mission in …

Do Boeing’s 787 Battery Woes Hold Lessons for Other Vehicles?

U .S. regulators are discussing whether the batteries that burned on Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner hold any lessons for other aircraft or vehicles. George Nield, associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration, said a dialogue is …

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 …

Dreamliner Could Affect Future of Airline Safety Self-Regulation

Eight years ago, U.S. regulators substantially increased their dependence on the aircraft industry to help keep flying safe. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) said it would no longer directly manage routine inspection of design and manufacturing. Instead, it would focus …

Report Questions Safety Oversight of Smaller Airlines

Since a deadly airline crash in 2009, the government hasn’t kept its promise to ensure that major airlines are holding their smaller partners to the same safety standards, a federal watchdog says. The Transportation Department’s inspector general faults the Federal …

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 …