In wake of deliberate German Airbus crash, FAA still has no formal mental exam for U.S. airline pilots

Andreas Lubitz Germanwings pilot

While the poor mental health of a co-pilot is suspected as the cause of the deadly Germanwings Airbus 320 crash in the French Alps last month, and pilot mental health issues are believed to have played roles in six other believed-intentional airliner crashes during the past 20 years, the Federal Aviation Administration does not require […]

FAA Steps Up Oversight of United Airlines

United Airlines Airbus A350-1000

In the wake of its own damning internal email to pilots to more or less shape up after several major safety events and near-misses, United Airlines has been under increased scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal has viewed a letter from the FAA sent to United’s […]

FAA, NTSB Remain At Odds On ‘Dive And Drive’ Instrument Approaches

NTSB Crash Plane Picture

A type of non-precision instrument approach composed of a series of step-down altitudes, informally known as “dive and drive,” remains a point of contention between the FAA and NTSB following the August 2013 crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama. To date, the FAA has refused an outright ban on the technique, despite nearly […]

Airbus A350 Jetliner Approved by FAA

Airbus A350

Planemaker Airbus said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had given safety approval to its newest and most technically advanced airliner, the A350. Airbus already won European safety approval in September for the A350, clearing the main regulatory hurdle before the jet can fly passengers, but approval from the U.S. regulator was seen […]

Flight Attendants Union Fighting FAA Electronics Rule

Cell phone in airplanes

The largest American flight attendants union says it wants airline passengers to return to stowing phones and other electronics during takeoffs and landings, but the group’s arguments didn’t seem to fly Friday in court. A lawyer for the union argued before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that […]

FAA Faces $5 Billion Deficit in Next Decade, Official Warns


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has no choice but to cut the services it provides or raise more money over the next decade, according to an FAA executive involved in planning the agency’s next reauthorization. Rich Swayze, assistant administrator for policy, international affairs and environment, delivered the somber message on October 8 to the blue-ribbon […]

FAA’s new air traffic control system unstable, less capable than old system

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun deploying new computers systems for its air traffic controllers despite warnings that the system suffers from unstable requirements, lacks key safety capabilities and requires training that has yet to be given to workers, a government watchdog warned Monday. The problems with the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) are […]

FAA Fines Southwest Airlines $12 Million for Safety Violations on 737s

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. Beginning in 2006, Southwest made “extreme makeover” alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said. An FAA […]

FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to and from Israel

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its prohibition on U.S. airlines flying into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, the agency announced late Wednesday. The FAA decided to lift the flight restrictions effective 11:45 p.m. ET after it “carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel […]