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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 …

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying …

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 …

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.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Idaho drone operator sees sales triple as focus widens

A North Idaho operator of unmanned aircraft systems tripled its sales in 2016 as it widened its focus beyond precision agriculture. Empire Unmanned, based in Hayden, experienced “tremendous growth” in …

Drone sales soaring this Christmas, capping a record year for the industry

Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? It’s not too late to buy a drone, the gift that 1 in 5 people say they’d like to receive and that 1.2 …

SpaceX delays launch to January after fireball grounding

SpaceX plans to launch several Iridium communications satellites into space in early January, delaying its return to flight after a Sept. 1 fireball destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket on a …

FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix: Reboot power once in a while

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing a rule requiring urgent attention by operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner to avoid the possibility all three computer modules that manage the jet’s …

FAA investigating Boise Airport air traffic control incident

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after air traffic controllers went silent for 20 minutes at the Boise Airport.

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.

Getting There: Spokane International Airport weather observers avoid cut

The FAA funding bill stops the termination of human weather observers at Spokane International Airport.

Congress passes aviation bill to close airport security gaps

Congress passed an aviation bill Wednesday that attempts to close gaps in airport security and shorten screening lines, but leaves thornier issues unresolved.

Dad, son fight FAA over gun-firing, flame-throwing drones

The Federal Aviation Administration and a Connecticut father and son are headed for a court showdown over whether the agency can force them to disclose information about drones shown in …

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 …

FAA trying to cut weather observation jobs at Spokane airport

The FAA wants to cut weather observer jobs at the Spokane airport, but airport officials fighting against it amid safety concerns.

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.

FAA grounds Trump’s business jet for expired registration

The top speed of Donald Trump’s business jet? Currently 0 mph. The billionaire GOP candidate’s 750 Citation X – in use lately to travel to campaign events – is grounded …

FAA writing rules for commercial drone flights over people

Federal aviation officials said Wednesday they will work quickly on regulations that would permit small, commercial drones to fly over people and crowds.