Latest Federal Aviation Administration News

Boeing executives meet with head of FAA over grounded plane

Dec. 12, 2019 5:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top Boeing executives met Thursday with Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen Dickson amid signs of further delays in the return of the grounded 737 Max. In an email to key congressional committees, the FAA said Dickson is instructing agency safety experts to take as long as...

American Airlines doesn't see Boeing Max flights until April

Dec. 12, 2019 4:40 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is pushing back the return of its Boeing 737 Max planes another month, removing the plane from its schedule until April 7. American said Thursday that it based the decision on the latest guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation...

FAA analysis predicted many more Max crashes without a fix

Dec. 11, 2019 4:27 PM EST

After the first crash of a Boeing 737 Max last year, federal safety officials estimated that there could be 15 more fatal crashes of the Max over the next few decades if Boeing didn’t fix a critical automated flight-control system. Yet the Federal Aviation Administration did not ground the plane until a...

Loophole limited scrutiny before deadly NYC helicopter crash

Dec. 10, 2019 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The helicopter company whose doors-off flight crashed in a New York City river last year, trapping all five passengers in their harnesses, exploited a regulatory loophole to avoid stricter safety requirements, federal investigators said Tuesday. FlyNYON operated under the...

Pilot killed when small cargo plane crashes in Texas

Dec. 10, 2019 10:04 AM EST

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — One person was killed in the crash of a small cargo airplane in south Texas, authorities said. Air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the single-engine Cessna 208 shortly after 8 p.m. Monday near Victoria, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Houston, according to...

Families of crash passengers want wider review of Boeing Max

Dec. 9, 2019 6:54 PM EST

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration will face questions about whether the agency is too cozy with Boeing when he testifies this week before a congressional panel. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says he plans to ask FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson about Boeing's influence over 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. ...