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Ukraine: Recordings show Iran knew jetliner hit by a missile

A leaked recording of an exchange between an Iranian air-traffic controller and an Iranian pilot purports to show that authorities immediately knew a missile had downed a Ukrainian jetliner after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, despite days of denials by the Islamic Republic.

Editorial: Air-traffic scheme raises many questions

Privatizing air traffic control is complex with huge ramifications. It should not rushed or fly under the radar. Congress is supposed to be a deliberative body that operates in public.

Milbank: Congress gives airlines a soft landing

The executives even used their appearance to request that Congress deregulate the industry further, asking for the government to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration.

Plan to privatize 30,000 FAA workers gains momentum, but is it enough?

The move to privatize more than 30,000 Federal Aviation Administration workers who direct airplanes in flight and are responsible for a $35.8 billion modernization program continued to gather momentum this week with support from an influential transportation think tank.

Eyes on the skies

Dirty shorts and cleats aren’t typical attire when applying for a job. But Michelle Skomars is anything but typical. And the job application was an impulse.

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 has enough money from emergency legislation passed recently by Congress to keep Felts and 148 other towers at smaller airports, including Lewiston, open, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

Getting There: Cuts will likely bring air travel delays

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray last week said summer travel delays are likely at the nation’s airports as a result of congressionally ordered budget cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Murray at a hearing Thursday that the agency is ordering furloughs for 47,000 employees, including air traffic controllers, through September to meet a $637 million spending reduction that came as part of the so-called “sequestration” of federal funds.

Felts Field will lose air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration has affirmed a decision earlier this month to close air traffic control operations at Felts Field and other small airports around the country beginning April 7. The closures at 149 airports stem from budget cuts in Congress that involve a “sequestration” of spending across most government agencies, including defense. The FAA cuts amount to $637 million.

Federal cuts could close Felts air traffic tower

Federal budget cuts that went into effect last week could result in closure of the Felts Field air traffic control tower and elimination of the tower night shift at Spokane International Airport. Larry Krauter, CEO and airport director, said the cuts could come as early as April 7 unless Congress comes up with a way to restore funding.

Administration warns of ‘destructive’ budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House report issued Friday warns that $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts at the start of the new year would be "deeply destructive" to the military and core government responsibilities like patrolling U.S. borders and air traffic control. The report says the automatic cuts, mandated by the failure of last year's congressional deficit "supercommittee" to strike a budget deal, would require an across-the-board cut of 9 percent to most Pentagon programs and 8 percent in many domestic programs. The process of automatic cuts is called sequestration, and the administration has no flexibility in how to distribute the cuts, other than to exempt military personnel and war-fighting accounts.

Problems dogging new high-tech air traffic system

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-tech overhaul to the nation's air traffic control system is mostly on track to completion, but has yet to produce the benefits that airlines and passengers were told to expect, federal investigators said. Progress in moving from preparation to execution has been slow as the Federal Aviation Administration replaces its World War II-era radar technology with a GPS-based system, Transportation Department inspector general Calvin Scovel told a House subcommittee Wednesday.

Close-plane mishap rattled air traffic controllers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air-traffic controllers were rattled after mistakenly flying three planes too close together in the skies near the nation's capital, a federal report released Wednesday says, describing a chaotic scene in an airport tower during those minutes. The National Transportation Safety Board's 14-page report confirms some of what investigators already released about what happened on July 31 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, including that miscommunication led to the too-close flights.

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 Ray Daves, a retired air traffic controller and World War II veteran who survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the battleship USS Yorktown.