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Plane crash kills Des Moines, Iowa, businessman
Andrew V. PestanoDES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Lucas County Sheriff's Office in Iowa said businessman Scott Wolfswinkel died after the plane he was piloting crashed.
-1 points by UPI | United Press International International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst Iowa Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control Des Moines Iowa
FAA warns airline passengers not to use new Samsung smartphone on plane
Aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire. The Federal Aviation Administration issued the warning Thursday night, citing "recent...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Air safety Mobile phone Air traffic control Airline National Transportation Safety Board The Extraordinary
FAA warns airline passengers not to use Samsung smartphones
Aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire. The Federal Aviation Administration issued the warning Thursday night, citing "recent...
709 points by Los Angeles Times | Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Air safety Mobile phone Air traffic control Airline Telephone The Extraordinary
FDNY to deploy drones at major fires
NEW YORK (AP) - Drones will soon be taking to the skies to help New York City firefighters battle major fires and emergencies. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2cmzEaS ) reported Thursday the FDNY will deploy a drone to 2-alarm fires or greater in the next few weeks. The unmanned aircraft ...
1 points by The Washington Times | New York City Washington D.C. Drone music New York Air traffic control Firefighter New Jersey Toronto
At Las Vegas conference, drone operators envision next step
Commercial-drone operators have received the green light to make money using drones and to fly in specific areas — now they are hungry for more.
6 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Federal Aviation Administration Augmented reality Air traffic control Las Vegas metropolitan area Las Vegas Strip Unmanned aerial vehicle Drone music
NTSB: Fuel debris led to loss of power causing I-285 plane crash

197 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | National Transportation Safety Board Air safety Road English-language films Son Radar Air traffic control Power
Proposal for drones to fly over crowds in the works, FAA chief says at Las Vegas conference
The Federal Aviation Administration is planning a new proposal for unmanned aircraft to fly over crowds, the head of the FAA told a group in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
79 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control Marion Blakey Air safety Drone music Las Vegas Las Vegas Strip
BWI neighbors form group in fight against plane noise
BWI-Marshall Airport neighbors and their political representatives met Tuesday with aviation authorities as they continued a bid to end lower flight paths that they say have created too much noise over their homes. "This is our opportunity to make something that works for us," said Lance Brasher...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Federal Aviation Administration Anne Arundel County Maryland Air traffic control Airline Civil aviation authorities Air safety The Neighbors Federal government of the United States
US fighter jets intercept unresponsive aircraft over Trump’s Florida resort
Two US F-15 jets have been scrambled to intercept an unresponsive plane that violated restricted airspace over President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. A sonic boom prompted a scare among locals who dialed 911 in panic, the air defense command said. Read Full Article at RT.com
1424 points by Russia Today | United States Air Force Palm Beach Florida Donald Trump North American Aerospace Defense Command Florida Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control Air Force One
Plane hits deer during takeoff from North Carolina runway
Daniel UriaFeb. 16 (UPI) -- An airplane was damaged after striking a deer while taking off from an airport in North Carolina on Wednesday.
1 points by UPI | Airport Comair United Press International Air traffic control US Airways Air safety JetBlue Airways North Carolina
Harrison Ford's close call in another airplane mishap was unusual and troubling, experts say
Harrison Ford’s close call at John Wayne Airport on Monday — in which he mistakenly landed on a taxiway as an American Airlines jet was preparing for takeoff — could have easily ended in disaster, aviation experts said, adding that the actor is likely to face some type of disciplinary action. Air...
731 points by Los Angeles Times | Southwest Airlines Air safety Air traffic control Airport Air traffic controller Federal Aviation Administration Los Angeles International Airport Runway
Report: Harrison Ford has jet run-in at Calif. airport
Ford, who was told to land on a runway, mistakenly landed on a parallel taxiway, passing over an American Airlines jet        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Southwest Airlines Orange County California Air traffic control Federal Aviation Administration Los Angeles International Airport Airport Airline Runway
Harrison Ford lands illegally while piloting private plane
Harrison Ford reportedly landed illegally at a California airport while flying his private plane Monday.
571 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines Airport Runway NBC Nightly News Air traffic control Airline Landing Orange County California
Harrison Ford involved in close call at John Wayne Airport; FAA investigating
Actor and vintage plane buff Harrison Ford was involved in a close-call incident involving a 737 passenger jet at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. FAA officials did not disclose the name of the pilot involved in the incident...
3790 points by Los Angeles Times | Air safety Southwest Airlines Air traffic control Federal Aviation Administration Airport Runway Santa Monica California Aviat
Report: Harrison Ford has jet run-in at California airport
BC-TV says actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport. NBC reports that Ford, an experienced pilot, was told to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, but he mistakenly landed on a parallel taxiway, passing...
174 points by Chicago Tribune | Southwest Airlines Orange County California Airport Los Angeles International Airport Runway Air traffic control John Wayne Federal Aviation Administration
FAA releases air traffic control audio in Lake Erie plane crash that killed 6
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released nearly 16 hours of air traffic control audio from Dec. 29, 2016, the night when a plane carrying six people crashed into Lake Erie. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released audio recordings Monday of air traffic controllers' conversations on the night that a plane carrying six people - including a family of four - crashed into Lake Erie. The FAA released more than 16 hours of audio recordings to cleveland.com. On the recordings, air traffic controllers and other airport officials can be heard discussing the missing Cessna Citation 525 after it disappeared over Lake Erie on the night of Dec. 29, 2016. One air traffic controller from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the other, who was stationed at Burke Lakefront, spoke to make sure that the plane had not just dropped off one radar system but in fact had disappeared. The two also decided to call in the necessary officials to initiate a search-and-rescue effort. You can listen to the conversation between the two controllers in the video above. In January, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the crash. The report gave a timeline for the plane's takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport and the subsequent disappearance of the aircraft. The plane, flown by Ohio beverage distribution company CEO John Fleming, was cleared for takeoff at 10:56 p.m., the NTSB report states. The air traffic controller instructed Fleming to head west but turn back eastbound and maintain an altitude of 2,000 feet. However, the plane dropped off radar after it turned eastward and reached an altitude of 2,925. About five seconds after the plane's first data point was recorded, the plane quickly descended and disappeared from the radar about 10:57 p.m., the report says. Fleming, of Columbus, was on the plane with his wife, their two sons and the family's neighbors. The passengers had flown to Cleveland to watch a Cavaliers basketball game.  Searchers worked for weeks to locate debris and human remains from the plane. The city of Cleveland officially ended the search on Jan. 17.
78 points by The Plain Dealer | Air traffic control Air safety National Transportation Safety Board Ohio Airport Southwest Airlines Runway Control tower
With legal action in hand, Howard County officials press federal agency to tackle airport noise
Howard County's Office of Law has begun early discussions to consider taking legal action against the Federal Aviation Administration over flight patterns that have airplanes flying at lower altitudes over neighborhoods in the county. Following months of frustrations and stalled talks with federal...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Anne Arundel County Maryland Maryland Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Baltimore County Maryland Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control Maryland Aviati
It isn't over yet: Aviation interests seek federal court review of deal to close Santa Monica Airport
The decades-long battle over the fate of Santa Monica Municipal Airport isn’t over. A group of aviation interests on Monday asked a federal appeals court to review a recent agreement between Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration to shorten the runway immediately and close the embattled...
261 points by Los Angeles Times | Air safety Appeal Federal Aviation Administration Santa Monica Airport Santa Monica California Air traffic control Appellate court Chief executive officer
Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives Thursday that he is interested in privatizing America’s air traffic control system and improving the nation’s airports and roads, which he called obsolete.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Southwest Airlines Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control Airport Airline United Airlines Delta Air Lines Privatization
Can drones make it rain? Nevada officials upbeat on cloud-seeding prospects
Local drone officials say they expect to make major strides with cloud-seeding operations within the next few weeks.
26 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Air traffic control Federal Aviation Administration North Africa Africa Middle East Sub-Saharan Africa Air safety Alberto Santos-Dumont
‘Flying target’? Theresa May’s US-Turkey flight was visible on popular tracking app
British Prime Minister Theresa May came under the threat of a potential terrorist attack last week when information on her flight from Washington to Ankara became available to anyone with a real-time aircraft tracker, experts said. Read Full Article at RT.com
146 points by Russia Today | Terrorism President of the United States Prime minister Flight Air Force One Air traffic control Donald Trump United Kingdom
Flying in and out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport might be smooth sailing this winter
Buoyed by federal grant money, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has made changes to its snow removal process that should reduce delays and make traveling safer. CLEVELAND, Ohio - This winter, traveling to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport should be a little easier. The airport, buoyed by federal grant money, has made changes to its snow removal process that should reduce delays and make traveling safer. "I think passengers are going to see the difference here," Fred Szabo, interim director at Hopkins, said Friday during a press event. Ideally, the improvements will reduce wait time for planes trying to land and increase on-time arrivals. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport proclaims it's ready for snow season The airport now has a fully-staffed team of 117 people to operate its fleet of 60 snow removal vehicles, which wasn't always the case in the past. Where the airport used to staff its snow team based on weather predictions of snow, it now will bring in a full staff when there is even a chance of a trace of snow. "Anyone who lives in Northeast Ohio knows that weather predictions are not always accurate," Szabo said. That should allow the airport to be ready when any inclement weather hits Cleveland. Because of the area's lake effect snow, wrangling winter here is a different beast than in other cold weather cities. That's why the airport staff has worked with airports in Buffalo and Chicago to determine best practices for snow removal in areas that battle with the unpredictability of lake effect snow. "You really have to talk to an airport that has similar conditions as we do. We have lake effect snow in Cleveland, and that's the one issue that is the most difficult to accommodate." With the new equipment Hopkins was able to purchase with federal funds, teams now are able to clear runways in half the time. For example, the snow crew can clear an 11,000-foot runway in 20 minutes. "Clearing an 11,000-foot runway is a pretty significant advantage to us," Szabo said. Hopkins also now is coordinating its snow removal efforts with the Federal Aviation Administration, which operates the air traffic control tower, and the airlines to clear runways when there isn't a lot of traffic in the air. "That way, when you're approaching a cold weather airport in the wintertime, you'll do a straight-in approach. You don't have to circle; you don't have to wait for the teams to get off the runway," Szabo said. "We've really reduced any wait time significantly... An aircraft can only wait for a certain amount of time because of fuel, and we're sensitive to that." Szabo said snow removal at Cleveland this year will be very similar to what happens at airports across the country. "Basically, the tactics of snow removal are nationwide. We all do it the same way," Szabo said. However, airport preparation can only go so far. If a bad enough storm hits, airlines will cancel flights. "In a really heavy snow storm situation, you'll find fewer aircraft are actually flying at that time when it's really coming down," Szabo said. In those cases, the airport might reduce its airfield to the size needed to accommodate the number of planes flying in and out. "It doesn't make sense to plow the entire airfield when you're not using the entire field," Szabo said. And sometimes, the amount of snow falling is just impossible to clear. If it takes 20 minutes to clear a runway and two inches of snow is falling per hour, within 40 minutes that runway will be covered again, Szabo said. "You have to understand, there are some storms that are very difficult to keep up with," Szabo said. 
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Runway Airport Snow Southwest Airlines Air traffic control Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Control tower United Airlines
‘Flagrantly violating int’l norms’: US jets caught spying on Non-Aligned summit, says Venezuelan MoD
Venezuela’s air forces detected and forced back two US aircraft that were collecting information on the Non-Aligned Movement summit, said Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez. Read Full Article at RT.com
107 points by Russia Today | Venezuela Isla Margarita Fighter aircraft Air traffic control Caribbean Aircraft Nueva Esparta Caracas