Latest Federal Aviation Administration News

FAA says it is recalling more aviation-safety inspectors

Jan. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

Federal officials say they are recalling more aviation-safety inspectors who were idled by the partial government shutdown. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that the agency expects to have about 2,200 inspectors back on the job by the end of this week. That is up from 500...

Feds to ease rules on drone flights over crowds and at night

Jan. 14, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Federal officials plan to ease restrictions on flying small drones over crowds and at night, which would give a boost to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration outlined draft rules Monday that would let drone operators do those things without a special waiver from current...

FAA bringing back safety inspectors sidelined by shutdown

Jan. 12, 2019 7:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it has brought about 500 furloughed safety inspectors back to work and expects more to return next week, potentially easing strains on the aviation system amid a partial federal government shutdown. Most of the FAA's 3,000 safety inspectors...

US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

Jan. 11, 2019 8:30 PM EST

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least...

What air travelers should know about the government shutdown

Jan. 8, 2019 1:51 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel. Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick as they face the prospect of missing their first paycheck this week. Safety inspectors...

Plane makes emergency landing on Alabama highway

Dec. 22, 2018 8:18 PM EST

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — A small airplane made an emergency landing on an Alabama highway in front of shocked drivers. According to WXIA-TV , Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt says the flight originated from Talladega Municipal Airport and made the emergency landing nearby on...

Business jet crashes onto football field, killing 4 aboard

Dec. 20, 2018 10:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Tennessee-bound business jet crashed Thursday, killing all four people aboard, when it plunged onto a football field at an Atlanta park, igniting its fuel and sending thick smoke over a nearby neighborhood, officials said. A home behind the sports field was damaged, but no injuries on the...

The Latest: Exec: 4 on jet that crashed with no survivors

Dec. 20, 2018 5:57 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a business jet in Atlanta (all times local): 5:15 p.m. An airport official in Tennessee says four people were aboard a business jet that crashed with no survivors in Atlanta while bound for the Memphis area. Initial reports indicated there were three people...

UK airport chaos highlights difficulty in stopping drones

Dec. 20, 2018 1:48 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — When drones buzzing over the runway forced London's busy Gatwick Airport to shut down, many travelers wondered why it's so hard for authorities to stop such intruders. Shoot them down, some said. Jam their signals, others suggested. Experts say it's not that easy. Britain and the U.S....

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

Dec. 13, 2018 12:57 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii Air National Guard civilian contractor was in serious condition Wednesday after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu during a military exercise, authorities said. The pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet ejected safely from the plane, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam said in a...