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UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

FAA expects Boeing update for troubled jet ‘in coming weeks’

Safety regulators say Boeing needs more time to make changes in an anti-stall systems suspected in two deadly crashes.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

FAA defends its reliance on aircraft makers to certify jets

Under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the two deadly Boeing crashes, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday defended the FAA’s practice of relying on aircraft …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Hospital using drones to fly blood samples between buildings

A pioneering use of drones to fly blood samples across a North Carolina hospital campus launched Tuesday in the latest move to expand their roles in business and health care.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Early fix for 737 MAX 8 was in FAA’s hands 7 weeks before Ethiopian crash

Acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Daniel Elwell will tell a Senate hearing Wednesday that “Boeing submitted … to the FAA for certification” its proposed flight-control software enhancement for the 737 …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

Five questions Congress will have for Boeing, FAA this week

The relationship between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, which has set the global standard in aviation safety for decades, will come under unprecedented scrutiny this week after two deadly …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 10:56 a.m.

With its strong D.C. ties, Boeing increasingly is elbowing FAA aside

Boeing has spent decades building deep ties across Washington, D.C. The aircraft-making giant reported spending $15 million lobbying Congress, the FAA and other federal agencies last year, and it has …


Trump names pick for FAA job as agency faces new scrutiny

President Donald Trump is announcing the nomination of a permanent administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces new scrutiny over its oversight of industry in the wake …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

FAA’s close ties to Boeing questioned after 2 deadly crashes

For more than six decades, the Federal Aviation Administration has relied on employees of airplane manufacturers to do government-required safety inspections as planes are being designed or assembled.


John Halsinki: Think twice before privatizing air traffic control

We should not allow the private sector to control the security of our critical air traffic control system without fully understanding the risks.


The Latest: Congress set to act quickly to reopen government

Congress is expected to quickly pass legislation that would temporarily reopen the government after President Donald Trump announced a deal to end the record 35-day partial federal shutdown. Here’s a …


Airport disruptions bring new urgency to end gov’t shutdown

Intensifying delays at the nation’s airports and widespread disruptions across the federal government instilled new urgency Friday into efforts by President Donald Trump and Congress to bring a resolution to …


Unpaid air traffic controllers at Spokane airport try to draw attention to their shutdown plight

About a dozen air traffic controllers fanned out around the airport between 1 and 5 p.m., handing out pamphlets describing their work and encouraging travelers to call U.S. Rep. Cathy …


City to pursue sole management of airport

The Federal Aviation Administration will allow commercial passenger planes to fly from Lewiston in spite of a lengthy list of concerns they shared Thursday with airport owners.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

FAA evaluates a potential design flaw on Boeing’s 737 MAX after Lion Air crash

Analysts, including former Boeing flight controls experts, are concerned that a new automated flight control system on Boeing’s 737 MAX may be flawed and that the way it changed the …


Included in House FAA bill: Minimum size for airline seats

The House voted Wednesday to direct the federal government to set a minimum size for airline seats, bar passengers from being kicked off overbooked planes, and consider whether to restrict …


Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 8 a.m.

Preliminary report says plane broke up midair before Deer Park crash

A plane piloted by a student that crashed near Deer Park in mid July, killing all three occupants, is believed to have broken up in midair before slamming into an …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Two expectant fathers among victims of Friday’s plane crash near Deer Park

Two men, each of whom had a wife expecting a child, were among the three people who died Friday morning in a plane crash near Deer Park, according to online …


FAA inspector cozy with airline official ignored safety tips

A federal inspector assigned to monitor American Airlines failed to act on safety complaints after developing a friendship with a company official, according to a government watchdog report.


FAA faces scrutiny over how it handled concerns about Southwest operations before Flight 1380 tragedy

A federal watchdog is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Southwest Airlines after a hotline complaint about operational issues at the airline and the engine failure incident on Flight …


FAA move could delay commercial flights at Everett’s Paine Field

The start of commercial air service at Paine Field, which was expected to begin this fall with completion of a passenger terminal, could be delayed by renewed Federal Aviation Administration …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Propeller Airports, of Everett, sells $50M in bonds for private airport terminal

The company developing a rare privately run commercial U.S. airport terminal near Seattle sold $50 million in bonds earlier this year to finance construction, according to data obtained by the …


Drones beneath the Christmas tree: What to know before you fly

This winter, airports have more to worry about than just snowy weather and slick runways. There’s a new source of anxiety waiting under the Christmas tree: drones.


FAA investigating lasers flashed at Seattle-Tacoma pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating two separate incidences of lasers being flashed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport pilots.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

How hot is too hot aboard an airliner? The law doesn’t say

Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something …


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 6:43 p.m.

Police: Suspect posted photos from drone in Arizona wildfire

A man accused of flying a drone over a major Arizona wildfire posted the aerial photos on his website, authorities said Saturday, leading to his arrest for hampering firefighting efforts …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Senate ignores Trump, rejects splitting up FAA

The Senate on Thursday ignored President Trump’s desire to lop more than 30,000 workers from the federal payroll, approving legislation that protects the Federal Aviation Administration from being split in …


White House formally backs plan to transfer air traffic control system to private corporation

The White House on Monday formally endorsed a plan to spin off more than 30,000 federal workers into a private nonprofit corporation, separating the nation’s air traffic controllers and those …


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

American Airlines plane veers off Texas runway, stuck in mud

An American Airlines plane veered off of a runway at the San Antonio airport during takeoff on Saturday morning and got stuck in the mud, authorities said.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 11 p.m.

Spokane Airport CEO sees problems with push for private air traffic control

A proposal to turn air traffic control over to the private sector would put Spokane International Airport at risk of reduced staffing and higher fees, airport CEO Larry Krauter said …