Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) News

Laptop Battery Fire in Checked Luggage Could Bring Down an Airliner: Study

A single personal electronic device that overheats and catches fire in checked luggage on an airliner can overpower the aircraft’s fire suppression system, potentially creating a fire that could rage uncontrolled, according to new government research. Regulators had thought that …

‘Incredibly Shrinking Airline Seat’ Not a Safety Concern, Says FAA

Hopes for more legroom in increasingly cramped airplane cabins were dashed when U.S. regulators, responding to a court order, said they found no need to impose new standards on airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration, in a letter dated Monday, said …

U.S. Transportation Agency Sets Process for Approval of Drone Taxis

On-demand robotic flying taxis and drone deliveries are years away from reality, but the U.S. Department of Transportation has removed at least one barrier to their operation. Responding to work by companies including Boeing Co., Intel Corp. and Uber Technologies …

U.S., Europe Order Emergency Checks on 700 Engines Like One in Southwest Accident

U.S. and European airline regulators on Friday ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of nearly 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines engine blowout last week, citing risks of a similar mishap. The directives …

FAA Rejected Advice for Hot Air Balloon Safety Rules 2 Years Ago

Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators, government documents show. The FAA rejected those recommendations. A hot air balloon carrying at least …

FAA Open to Discussing Turning Over Air Traffic Safety to Nonprofit

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing a House Republican plan to spin off the nation’s air- traffic control system to a nonprofit corporation and hasn’t rejected the idea. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, speaking Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow, said …

Drone Registrations Top 180,000 in First 2 Weeks

One of the most important players in the booming drone industry isn’t a hardware manufacturer; it’s the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. So attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday flocked to hear a policy update from the FAA, which …

Study on Air Traffic Controllers’ Chronic Fatigue Kept Secret

Air traffic controllers’ work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government has kept secret for nearly four years. Federal Aviation Administration …

Tech Firms Collaborating to Make Drone Air Traffic Safe

Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet, has set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial drones expected to someday clog the skies. The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies …

AeroMexico Dreamliner Makes Emergency Landing in Ireland

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner en route from Mexico City to Paris made an emergency landing at Ireland’s Shannon Airport on Monday and all 193 people on board disembarked safely, a spokesman for the airport said on Monday. Mexico’s Aeromexico said …