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Sep 27, 2013

FAA to weigh easing limits on electronic devices

WASHINGTON — With the blessing of an influential advisory panel, federal regulators are closer to letting airline passengers use their smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic gadgets during takeoffs and landings. The 28-member FAA advisory committee voted to recommend the change during a closed-door meeting Thursday, said industry officials familiar with the deliberations. They spok[...]

Jul 16, 2013

Hagerstown airport logs 10K boardings in 2012

HAGERSTOWN — After tallying more than 10,000 paid commercial air service passenger boardings last year, Hagerstown Regional Airport has secured a $1 million entitlement through the Federal Aviation Administration. Airport Director Phil Ridenour tells the Herald-Mail that the funds will be spent on infrastructure improvements, general upkeep and safety projects. Ridenour says the airport would [&[...]

Jun 30, 2013

Arbitration ruling divides litigation bar, spurs calls to Congress

The chasm between corporate-defense attorneys who extol the virtues of mandatory arbitration agreements and members of the plaintiffs’ bar who say the pacts strip consumers of their right to redress was widened by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

May 8, 2013

FAA to staff 72 airport control towers at night

Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

Apr 23, 2013

NTSB probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators let Boeing write the safety conditions for the problematic battery system in its beleaguered 787 “Dreamliner,” prescribe how to test it and carry out those tests itself, according to testimony and documents released at a hearing Tuesday. As airlines prepare to resume flying the 787 after a three-month grounding, the National […]

Apr 22, 2013

Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts

NEW YORK — It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts. Some flights into New York, Baltimore and Washington were delayed by […]

Mar 22, 2013

FAA to close 149 air traffic towers under cuts

CHICAGO — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will close 149 air traffic control towers at small airports around the country because of federal budget cuts. The agency announced the decision Friday, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed. All of the affected airports will remain open. Pilots […]

Aug 27, 2012

FAA to study use of electronics on planes

It’s going to be a while before airline passengers can use iPads and other electronic devices during the whole flight. The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s forming a committee to study the issue. But its plan suggests the committee’s work won’t be done until March at the earliest. The committee will give a recommendation to […]

Aug 7, 2012

FAA to bar operation that led to close call

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will bar airports nationwide from using a traffic-reversing operation that led to a close call last week at an airport near the nation’s capital. No commercial airports will be able to use the maneuver, in which controllers direct some planes to take off and land from the opposite of […]

Aug 7, 2012

U.S. seeks $162M in fines against AMR, American Air

DALLAS — Federal safety regulators are seeking up to $162.4 million in fines against American Airlines and its affiliates for alleged violations of U.S. safety standards going back several years. The sanctions would dwarf any previous penalties against an airline. Many of the investigations had not been disclosed until the Federal Aviation Administration filed documents […]

Feb 21, 2012

Frederick airport to be first in Maryland to use new FAA technology

FREDERICK — U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin says Frederick Municipal Airport will be the first general-aviation airport in Maryland using new technology to track aircraft. Cardin made the announcement Tuesday at the airport, where he also toured a new, $5.3 million air traffic control tower. The technology called ADS-B relies on global positioning satellites instead of […]

Dec 21, 2011

FAA issue rules to prevent tired airline pilots

WASHINGTON — Rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued were issued Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration, a move safety advocates have been urging for more than two decades. The rules update current pilot work schedule regulations, which largely date back to the 1960s, to reflect studies on how much time […]

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