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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Boeing gets good and bad news on its grounded 737 Max 8 jet

Boeing has found a new problem with changes it is making to software on the 737 Max 8, but the company says the issue will not further delay the grounded …

UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Senate confirms former Delta executive as FAA administrator

A former Air Force pilot and Delta Air Lines executive was confirmed Wednesday by the Senate to lead the Federal Aviation Administration after overcoming opposition from Democrats who claim that …

Hauser Lake man honored for a blemish-free half-century as a pilot, mechanic

Earl Hauser, a longtime Hauser Lake pilot, was honored with a pair of awards for 50 blemish-free years as an active pilot and an aircraft mechanic, a combination of experience …

Pilot killed in New York City crash wasn’t certified to fly in bad weather

The pilot killed Monday when his helicopter slammed into the roof of a New York City skyscraper was not authorized to fly in limited visibility, according to his pilot certification, …

UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019

Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration near completion of 737 Max 8 flight control system overhaul

Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration are nearing completion of a long-awaited software and training overhaul for the 737 Max 8 commercial jetliner’s flight control systems, both organizations confirmed Saturday.

Southwest gets FAA OK for flights to Hawaii from California

Southwest Airlines has been approved to offer flights between California and Hawaii, the FAA said Wednesday.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018

One still hospitalized after single-engine plane crash near Cheney Saturday

One man is still in the hospital after a small single-engine airplane crashed near Cheney on Saturday morning.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …