Federal Aviation Administration News

Official Says Pilot Who Crashed Helicopter in NYC Radioed He Was Lost

The pilot killed when his helicopter hit the roof of a New York City skyscraper in rain and fog radioed that he was lost and trying to get back to the heliport but couldn’t find it, an official briefed on …

Pilot Killed in New York Crash Wasn’t Certified to Fly in Bad Weather

The pilot killed Monday when his helicopter slammed into the roof of a New York City skyscraper was not authorized to fly in limited visibility, according to his pilot certification, raising questions about why he took off in fog and …

Video Believed to Show Helicopter Flying Erratically Before New York Crash

The helicopter that slammed into the roof of a Manhattan high-rise building on Monday was apparently captured on video minutes earlier flying erratically, and investigators are trying to determine whether the pilot should have taken off in the decaying weather. …

Alaska Air Carrier Suspends Operations After 2nd Crash

An Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has voluntarily suspended operations, federal officials said. The halt of flightseeing and commuter flights is in place indefinitely, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The action comes …

One Man Killed, Another Injured in North Georgia Plane Crash

A plane crash in north Georgia left one man dead and another injured. Gainesville police say 68-year-old Robert Carlisle Alberhasky of Cumming, who was believed to have been the pilot of the small plane, was killed in the Saturday night …

Alaska Pilot Awarded $500K in Airplane Safety Whistleblower Case

A federal judge has sided with an Anchorage, Alaska pilot who claimed a Homer-based air carrier fired him for reporting safety problems. Brian Bell had reported that Bald Mountain Air Service falsified safety records and had gaps in drug and …

State Police Investigating Plane Crash in Vermont

A plane has crashed in northern Vermont, killing its sole occupant. WCAX-TV reports the Vermont State Police are investigating the crash in Island Pond. The crash happened Saturday afternoon, near the John H. Boylan Airport. Emergency crews responding to a …

New York Copter Straps That Trapped Riders May Have Also Cut Fuel

The pilot of the photo-tour helicopter that crash-landed in New York’s East River this month said a safety tether designed to keep passengers inside the open-door flight may have accidentally shut off the craft’s fuel, causing it to lose power. …

New York’s Senators Call for Probe of FAA Approval of Doors-Off Flights

New York’s senators are calling for a probe into how “doors-off” helicopter sightseeing flights and the tight harness systems were ever approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in the first place. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the …

Helicopter Trade Group Had Fought Open-Door Tours for Years

The leading trade group for helicopter operators has, for at least two years, urged a halt to open-door tours such as the one that ended in the death of five people in the East River off Manhattan on March 11. …