Latest Federal Aviation Administration News

Pilot suffers minor injuries in helicopter crash at Omaha

Dec. 7, 2019 6:08 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say one person was injured Saturday in a helicopter crash at the Millard Airport in Omaha. Television station KETV reported that the crash happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday as the helicopter was trying to land. Police said only the pilot was the only person on board at the...

FAA seeks to fine Boeing $3.9 million for faulty jet parts

Dec. 6, 2019 6:38 PM EST

Safety regulators want to fine Boeing $3.9 million, saying that the company installed wing parts on 133 planes even though it knew the parts were faulty. Boeing said Friday that all the affected planes in use have been inspected and fixed. A spokesman said the company is not aware of any incidents involving the...

Former FAA inspector gets 6 years for bribery, fraud scheme

Dec. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector in South Florida was sentenced Thursday to six years and three months in prison for his part in a bribery and fraud scheme. A federal jury in Miami found Manuel Fernandez, 42, guilty in June of 21 criminal counts, including bribery,...

Boeing tries to reassure airline industry leaders about Max

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing is reassuring airline industry leaders about the safety of the grounded 737 Max as it continues working to get the plane back in service. The aircraft maker invited about 30 union officials, safety experts and others to the Seattle area for two days of meetings with Boeing executives...

Boeing chief engineer who defended Max airliner is retiring

Dec. 4, 2019 8:25 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Boeing engineer who has played a key role in the company's response to the grounding of the 737 Max is retiring. Boeing said Wednesday that John Hamilton planned to retire last year as chief engineer of commercial airplanes, but he stayed on to help get the Max back into service. ...

Utah man injured after drone flies into his face downtown

Dec. 4, 2019 11:11 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man is recovering from swelling and a cut after he was hit in the face by a drone in downtown Salt Lake City, authorities said. Salt Lake City police have located the licensed drone operator who was attempting to land his drone on the sidewalk Monday near a popular Christmas light...

Broken lights close Alaska tribal airport to night flights

Dec. 4, 2019 9:27 AM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native community airport has been unable to receive night flights or medevac flights because of disabled runway lights, officials said. Alaska's Energy Desk reported that officials noticed Quinhagak’s runway lights were not working properly in September. The damage...

Vermont airport seeking federal funds to reduce noise impact

Dec. 4, 2019 8:36 AM EST

Burlington, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont airport plans to seek federal funds to help reduce the impact of noise on homes nearby. The Burlington International Airport is preparing to submit its noise exposure map to the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of December, WCAX-TV reported. The airport’s...

SC airport sees highest number of animal strikes in 20 years

Dec. 3, 2019 8:25 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A record number of animals were killed during takeoffs and landings at one South Carolina airport last year. The Greenville News reports data from the Federal Aviation Administration shows 30 animal strikes happened at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in 2018, three...

Lawmakers will quiz new FAA chief over review of Boeing jet

Dec. 2, 2019 8:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Aviation Administration will face questions next week from a congressional panel about the agency’s review of the Boeing 737 Max, which has been grounded since two crashes that killed 346 people. The House Transportation Committee said Monday that FAA...