Tag Archives: FAA

Trump Wants His Personal Pilot To Run The FAA

Axios reports: The president’s personal pilot is on the administration’s short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force One during the campaign — to helm the agency, which has a budget …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Human Rights Campaign Petitions FAA To Cut Airport Funding Over Anti-LGBT Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: The Human Rights Campaign is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to consider whether House Bill 2 is causing North Carolina airports to violate grant requirements. If the FAA joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s position that HB2 violates the Civil Rights Act, the move could jeopardize millions of dollars in federal funding that helps operate and …

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FAA Grounds Trump’s Unregistered Private Jet

The New York Times reports: Donald J. Trump’s Cessna jet has been grounded. The aircraft, which records show has been used to shuttle Mr. Trump to dozens of campaign events in recent months, has been flying with an expired registration since Feb. 1. On Wednesday, a Federal Aviation Administration official informed the plane’s pilot that the Cessna cannot fly until …

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FAA Bans US Flights To & From Tel Aviv

Via the Washington Post: The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday afternoon ordered U.S. carriers to stop flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, prohibiting them from traveling through Israel’s largest airport after a rocket landed nearby. Airlines were banned from flying to Tel Aviv for a 24-hour period beginning on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. The FAA …

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FAA Approves Use Of Most Electronic Devices For Take-Offs & Landings

Soon you’ll no longer have to stop playing Candy Crush during take-off. Airplane travelers will soon be able to watch videos and play games with their electronic devices throughout their entire flight — and not just above a certain altitude — the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday in a long anticipated announcement. But don’t expect to be chatting on your …

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FAA To Ease Rules On Electronics

The FAA is expected to relax its rules about using electronic devices on flights. For fliers, the new rules would likely mean an end to familiar admonitions to turn off and stow all electronic devices. Cellphone calls are expected to remain off limits, however. The draft doesn’t make any recommendations regarding phone use because the FAA didn’t authorize the panel …

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FCC To FAA: Drop Electronics Rule

Via New York Times: Now the United States government is telling the United States government to allow devices on airplanes during takeoff and landing. Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday, urging the agency to allow more electronics on airplanes. Mr. Genachowski said the F.A.A. should “enable greater use of …

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LAX To FLL In 24 Hours

Another flight nightmare from Spirit Airlines. Passengers on-board a Spirit Airlines flight landed in South Florida nearly a day after taking off from Los Angeles. Flight 310 departed LAX at 10 pm PST Saturday night, but was forced to make an emergency landing in Houston due to an unruly passenger. The 81-year-old man, who is blind, was kicking and screaming. …

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JetBlue Gets Dough For Fast Lane

Yesterday the feds gave over $4M to NYC-based JetBlue so that the airline can transition away from ground radar and towards using GPS for its flights from JFK to Florida and the Caribbean. The new system means JetBlue flights so equipped will be shorter and faster. Years in the planning, the system known as NextGen is expected to deliver an …

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Little Kid Runs JFK Air Traffic Control

Well, this is reassuring. An air traffic controller at JFK took his kid to work with him and let the child deliver a few directions to pilots over the radio. Gothamist notes: “To be fair, he does sound pretty darn cute.” The FAA is vowing that heads will roll.

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Flying SUX

Sioux City, Iowa, which had petitioned the FAA to have their airport designation code, SUX, changed to something less mockable, has decided to embrace and market their memorable name. Go to FlySUX.com for information about their airport and to buy Fly SUX apparel. Interestingly, one of the alternatives to SUX offered by the FAA was GAY, but the city turned …

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