Federal Aviation Administration News

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 …

Reno Air Races Plans To Change Course This Fall

Organizers of the national air racing championships secured $100 million in necessary insurance and announced plans Tuesday to change the September race course for the fastest planes to keep them farther from spectators after last year’s mass-casualty crash near a …

Federal Aviation Safety Regulators Ignore Whistleblowers: Watchdog

The Federal Aviation Administration has repeatedly dragged its feet in responding to whistleblower complaints about safety problems and stronger oversight of air safety is needed, a government watchdog said. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner, whose job is to protect from retaliation …

Reno Air Race Officials Mull Options After Crash

A formal announcement will be made in January concerning the future of the National Championship Air Races after a Sept. 16 crash killed 11 people and injured more than 70, organizers said Friday. The future of the races has been …