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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 7:36 p.m.

Pasco man’s Space Needle footage was striking – until his drone struck the top.

A 20-year-old Pasco man is facing a charge of reckless endangerment for crashing his drone on the roof of the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

FAA bans drone flights near major U.S. landmarks; Grand Coulee Dam included

The Federal Aviation Administration is banning drone flights within 400 feet of several national landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.


House plans vote to spin off 65 percent of the FAA’s workforce

More than 30,000 people – no one is quite sure of the exact number – would be shifted into a private, nonprofit corporation responsible for directing and modernizing the movement …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

Flights into Seattle delayed due to wildfire smoke

Flights arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are being delayed because of low visibility caused by wildfire smoke in the area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

Documents show Bruce Willis’ airport will be large, busy

Federal Aviation Administration documents show that a central Idaho airport being built by actor Bruce Willis will be larger and busier than officials originally expected.


Documents show safety issues led to major fine for Boeing

Newly released documents show that Boeing paid $12 million in late 2015 to settle Federal Aviation Administration investigations into safety issues.


Business use of drones takes off as new rules kick in

Unmanned aircraft are transforming natural resource management in the West. Industry officials expect the use of drones to accelerate after the Federal Aviation Administration relaxes the rules for who can …


Fly me to the moon: Feds OK private firm’s lunar flight plan

The federal government for the first time has given permission to a private Florida company to fly a spaceship beyond Earth’s orbit and land on the moon.


White House clears small, commercial drones for takeoff

Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to …


Crop duster pilot killed in northern Idaho crash

Authorities in northern Idaho say a crop duster pilot died Monday morning after his plane struck power lines and crashed into some trees.


FAA begins early inspection of Allegiant Air operations

Federal safety officials are reviewing operations at Allegiant Air two years ahead of schedule, spurred by incidents including an aborted takeoff and a plane that landed low on fuel.


Woodland plane crash victim ID’d as Renton man

The person who died in a plane crash at Woodland State Airport Thursday afternoon was identified as a Renton, Washington, man.


Anchorage fire chief: 4 dead in fiery Alaska airplane crash

The bodies of four people killed when a small airplane crashed Wednesday and burst into flames have been recovered from a heavily wooded area north of Anchorage, officials said.


Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control

Responsibility for the nation’s air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation, under legislation introduced Wednesday.


Oregon senator seeks radar upgrade to nurture wind farm growth

PENDLETON, Ore. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is asking officials to update Air Force radar in Fossil, Oregon, because the current system is outdated and preventing the generation of nearly …


Feds propose rules for commercial drone use

The government proposed long-awaited rules Sunday to usher in an era of commercial drones zipping through U.S. skies, but packages from these unmanned aircraft won’t be landing on your doorstep …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 6, 2015, 9:41 p.m.

Idaho company is first to receive federal permit to use drones to monitor crops

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday issued permits to use drones to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale, marking the first time permission has been granted to …


Drone will be used to monitor wildfires

With a nasty wildfire season at hand, Washington can now send in backup without further endangering firefighting crews on the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the state to operate …


Report: FAA overly reliant on Boeing’s tests

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says.


Federal Aviation Administration OKs gadgets on flights

The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.


FAA to fund Felts Field

The air traffic control tower at Felts Field will not be closed by budget cuts but will remain open through September, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday. The department …


Drone test site could come to Washington

Washington is vying to become one of six test sites for unmanned aircraft called drones. A proposal by a dozen Washington groups calls for the test site to be headquartered …


Authorities investigating Newman Lake helicopter crash

Federal aviation authorities are investigating a helicopter accident that occurred Friday in Newman Lake.


Congress passes bill reauthorizing FAA spending

Approval Monday of legislation to reauthorize spending by the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to bring more than $40 million in investment for Spokane International Airport and Felts Field over …


Senate approves bill to end partial FAA shutdown

The Senate approved legislation today ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, clearing the way for thousands of employees to return to work and hundreds of airport …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 4, 2011, 2:44 p.m.

Reid announces deal to end FAA shutdown

Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has left 74,000 transportation and construction workers idled, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …


Single-engine aircraft that crashed left from Elk airstrip

A single-engine airplane that took off Friday from an airstrip north of Spokane crashed in Western Washington, killing two people aboard, authorities confirmed Saturday. The deceased are believed to be …


Air traffic control tower named for WWII veteran, FAA retiree

There apparently is only one federal air traffic control tower named for anyone, and Spokane has it. By act of Congress, the tower at Spokane International Airport was named for …