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Ted Cruz claims FAA flight ban is 'economic boycott of Israel'

Texas Republican Ted Cruz attacked the Obama administration on Wednesday, claiming the FAA flight ban to Israel was politically motivated.

FAA lifts ban on Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

Tel Aviv - The Federal Aviation Administration has just lifted its two day ban on all U.S. owned airlines from flying to and Ben Gurion International airport. The cancellation was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT.

Top airlines cancel Israel flights after Gaza rocket strike

Washington - Major US, European and Canadian airlines cancelled flights to and from Israel after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near its main international airport in Tel Aviv.

FAA bans U.S. air carriers from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

Tel Aviv - Shortly after noon Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ban of at least 24 hours on all U.S.-owned air carriers from flying to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv in response to increased rocket attacks by the terrorist group Hamas.

All volunteer search and rescue team fights FAA, wins

Washington D.c. - A Texas volunteer based non-profit search and rescue organization can resume its operations after winning its court battle against the Federal Aviation Administration.

Passenger planes nearly collide, fly a football field apart

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into an incident on May 9 that could have been a tragedy. Two United Airline planes flying over the Houston airport came within seconds of a mid-air collision.

FAA review says Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe

The Boeing <BA.N> 787 Dreamliner, grounded for months last year after battery overheating problems, is soundly designed and safe to fly, a joint review by the planemaker and the Federal Aviation A...

U.S. regulators warned of problems on Boeing 777s

Washington - Months before Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously vanished, US regulators warned of a "cracking and corrosion" problem on Boeing 777s that could lead to a mid-air breakup and drastic drop in cabin pressure.The revelation comes amid a desperate ...

Journalist sues Hartford PD in drone use dispute

A TV journalist is suing the Hartford Police Dept. after he was stopped from using a drone to film an accident scene. The dispute may be local, but it comes in the middle of a national debate over the private use of drones in the US.

FAA grounds flying beer drone; cites lack of legal precedent

If you’re like many of today’s consumers, you might be counting down the days until an Amazon Drone, which was first unveiled in December, delivers your latest online purchase to your door.

Southwest flight lands in Missouri — at the wrong airport

Branson - Southwest Airlines passenger Scott Schieffer knew something wasn't quite right on Sunday when the plane, making a planned stop in Branson, Missouri, first touched down on the runway.

Real estate brokers using drones to show homes

Naperville - Legal or not, real estate brokers are using small drones to sell multi-million dollar homes, according to several media reports. In some cases, tiny drones fly inside the mansions to film the interiors.

Op-Ed: FAA isn't making airplane seats home offices

The most essential ingredient in making a home office work is communication with the outside world. By that definition allowing mobile phones on airplanes doesn’t make a passenger seat an office.

Advisory panel to recommend FAA ease Wi-Fi restrictions

The FAA may finally be catching up with the times. That is, of course, if it accepts recommendations from one of its advisory panels.

Hugo Teso: Commercial aircraft vulnerable to ground-based hackers

Amsterdam - A chilling presentation at the Hack In The Box security conference this week demonstrated how commercial aircraft can be hijacked remotely by ground-based hackers and commanded to crash using a smartphone application.

Drone sighting near JFK airport sparks FBI, FAA investigation

New York - The FBI and the FAA say they are investigating a report from the pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet that he saw an unmanned aircraft near JFK airport over Brooklyn. The pilot said he spotted the drone within 200 feet of his passenger airplane.

Obama approves legislation to expand domestic surveillance drones

President Obama has approved new legislation that will quicken the pace of the drive to introduce the use of domestic surveillance drones within US airspace. Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 Thursday.

Airplane door plummets onto Florida golf course

Hallandale - Authorities have launched an investigation regarding a plummeting airplane door. The plane lost its door when flying over a Florida golf course.

American Airlines attendant disrupts flight

Dallas - An American Airlines flight was delayed and sent back to the gate at Dallas/Fort Worth airport today after a flight attendant ranted over the PA system and had to be restrained by passengers and crew.

Alec Baldwin thrown off American Airlines plane

Los Angeles - A crew member who dealt with Alec Baldwin before he was thrown off the American Airlines plane at LAX described his behaviour as "violent, abusive and aggressive."

Clip of vulgar cockpit rant by Southwest Airlines pilot released

Houston - Southwest Airlines has suspended a pilot after his vulgar rant was picked up and broadcast on an air-traffic control frequency available to many pilots, as well controllers, who tried repeatedly to end the foul-mouth fly-by without any success.

FAA wants to fine people $11,000 for pointing lasers at planes

Thinking of pointing a laser at a plane? Well, unless you have $11,000 to fork over, you might want to think again if the FAA gets its way.

FAA reports plane carrying First Lady forced to abort landing

Suitland - An Air Force operated Boeing 737 carrying First Lady Michelle Obama was forced to abort a landing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland after coming too close to a military cargo plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Head of U.S. air traffic control resigns over sleeping employees

Washington - After a recent series of events involving sleeping air traffic controllers, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ATO) submitted his resignation on Thursday morning, accepted by the FAA’s administrator.

FAA removes all airplane bathroom oxygen masks in U.S.

Washington - The Federal Aviation Administration officially announced that it has removed oxygen masks from all airplane bathrooms. It was made secret for a long time due to national security, but the decision has been called a "death trap."

Alaska plane crash caught on FAA weather cam

Kipnuk - An Era Alaska Cessna 208 crashed in the Alaskan village of Kipnuk this week and a Federal Aviation Administration weather cam captured the entire accident on film in a series of still photographs that were posted on YouTube.

First commercial company can re-enter spacecraft from orbit

Hawthorne - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made SpaceX the first-ever commercial company to be licenced to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit.

Plane crashes into Arizona school killing four people

Eagar - Four people have died in a small plane crash yesterday when a Cessna appeared to be having trouble crashed into a high school in Arizona. NTSB is on the scene investigating the accident and trying to recover what remains of the planes and its passengers.

Cluster Balloonist Sets World Record - Audio/Video added Special

Raleigh - Cluster balloon enthusiast and licensed pilot Jonathan Trappe has set a new world record for longest free floating balloon flight.

U.S. Aircraft Bird-Strike Numbers Soar

The final numbers aren’t in yet, but there may have been as many as 10,000 incidents of birds striking aircraft last year. The latest figure is a significant increase over 2008, when 7,500 such incidents were reported.
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