Stories tagged: Federal Aviation Administration
MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 1:04 P.M.
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2016, 10:37 A.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 10:43 P.M.
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.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016, 2:35 P.M.
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 …
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016, 3 P.M.
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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 6:50 A.M.
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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016, 12:58 P.M.
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.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 6:42 P.M.
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.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 9:26 A.M.
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.
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
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 …
SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2015, 4:30 P.M.
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: TUESDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
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 …
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014, 9:39 A.M.
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.
THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013, 7:45 A.M.
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.
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013
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 …
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013
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 …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012, 6 P.M.
Authorities investigating Newman Lake helicopter crash
Federal aviation authorities are investigating a helicopter accident that occurred Friday in Newman Lake.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012
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 …
FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2011, 8:02 A.M.
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: THURSDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011
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 …
SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011, 1 A.M.
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 …
MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011
FAA bill touted as local job generator
The U.S. Senate’s newly passed bill to modernize airports is being hailed a jobs measure that could create 2,200 jobs in Spokane County over six years. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010
Airport control tower naming closer
Spokane International Airport’s control tower would be named for one of the facility’s former controllers, World War II veteran Ray Daves, under a bill that passed the House of Representatives …
TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
Pilot lands plane on Interstate 90
A pilot forced to make an emergency landing on the largely deserted Interstate 90 near Post Falls on Sunday night just missed a roadway bridge and power lines, authorities said …
FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010
Probe begins in helicopter crash
Federal investigators scoured the scene Thursday of a fatal helicopter crash in a backyard in Spokane Valley. Peter N. Hecker, 29, a computer technician employed by the Idaho Department of …
THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010, 7:12 P.M.
Crash victim remembered as ‘excellent pilot’
A student helicopter pilot who died in a crash Wednesday near Felts Field has been identified as Peter N. Hecker, 29.