Federal Aviation Administration
Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today’s airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they’re sometimes unprepared to take control, according to aviation safety experts and government and industry studies.
The Federal Aviation Administration is set to announce that medical examiners will be evaluating overweight pilots and controllers for sleep problems as part of a series of commercial airline policy changes.
Federal officials are acknowledging widespread drone access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will take longer than Congress expected.
The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that passengers can now use portable electronic devices such as e-readers, video players and video games throughout all stages of a flight.
Thousands of federal employees changed from nonessential to essential at some point over the course of the partial government shutdown.
From New York’s Liberty Island to Alaska’s Denali National Park, the U.S. government closed its doors as a bitter budget fight idled hundreds of thousands of federal workers and halted all but the most critical government services for the first time in nearly two decades.
Industry officials say an advisory committee is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to relax its restrictions on airline passenger use of smartphones and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings.
Federal aviation officials are warning that people who fire guns at drones could be prosecuted or fined.
American Airlines says it has fixed an outage in its main reservations system that is disrupting travel for thousands of passengers whose flights have been delayed or canceled.
The air traffic control tower at Lynchburg Regional Airport will remain open until mid-June under a move by federal officials.