Southwest Airlines Will Fly 128 Boeing 737s That Are Past Inspection

Southwest Airlines voluntarily grounded 128 Boeing 737-700 aircraft yesterday after they discovered the airplanes somehow managed to miss a required inspection for the backup hydraulic system for the rudder. The FAA has allowed the airline to continue to fly the aircraft for up to five days while they are checked. »2/25/15 2:10pm2/25/15 2:10pm

We're Being Held Hostage From Safer Air Travel By Congress

The safety of operating drones of any type in commercial airspace has drown a lot of attention and criticism of late, but the biggest threat remains other planes flown by humans. The FAA has a plan to improve operations and safety, but they haven't found a way to cooperate with Congress to finalize and implement it.… »6/02/14 10:07pm6/02/14 10:07pm

Ding! FAA May Roll Back Stupid Restrictions on Electronic Device Use

Good news for the flying, gaming public: The Federal Aviation Administration's bullshit, insulting-to-the-intelligence rules for the use of "approved portable electronic devices" are due to be relaxed, allowing for gate-to-gate use of your iPad, 3DS, Android phone or whatever. This could come as early as September. »6/23/13 2:53pm6/23/13 2:53pm

Why You Could Soon See A Lot More Drones In American Skies

Drones aren't just for the military anymore. Department of Homeland Security grants gave hundreds of law enforcement and fire agencies across the country access to them. But DHS may have jumped the gun, as the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't yet okayed populating America's already busy skies with unmanned… »5/10/12 12:00pm5/10/12 12:00pm

Man who grounded 4,000 planes on 9/11 was on first day of his job

As terrorists seized control of four airplanes on Sept. 11th, 2001, Ben Sliney, chief of air-traffic-control operations at the FAA's command center in Herndon, Va., gave the unprecedented order to ground 4,000-plus planes across the nation and redirect any in the sky to the nearest airport. It was his first day on the… »9/09/11 12:30pm9/09/11 12:30pm