Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) News

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 …

U.S. Vows Commercial Drone Rules Within a Year

U.S. commercial drone operations could take flight on a large scale by this time next year, as federal regulators finalize rules allowing widespread unmanned aerial system use by companies, according to congressional testimony on Wednesday. A senior Federal Aviation Administration …

Best Sees Insurance Opportunities with Increasing Commercial Drone Use

A.M. Best’s analysis of the growth in the use of drone aircraft concludes that the “commercial use of drones presents exciting possibilities to a number of industries, but as with any new technology, unique and unanticipated risks arise. “Drones represent …

FAA Eases Rules for Commercial Drones

Commercial drone operators will have an easier time using and testing their devices in the U.S. after the Federal Aviation Administration said it has loosened some requirements for obtaining government permission to fly. The FAA has awarded 48 waivers for …