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1 year 3 months ago

1 dead in plane crash south of Denver

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - One person is confirmed dead in a single-engine plane crash south of Denver. Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman Deborah Sherman says a rancher found a Cherokee Piper PA-28 plane in a cow pasture Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane took off Saturday with one person...

2 years 5 months ago

Pressure builds for civilian drone flights at home

WASHINGTON (AP) - Heads up: Drones are going mainstream. Unmanned military aircraft have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia. Their civilian cousins are now in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or...

2 years 7 months ago

Colorado applies for federal spaceport designation

DENVER (AP) - Colorado has applied for a federal spaceport designation. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday that his administration sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration seeking the designation. The Denver Post reports that a spaceport designation would allow a facility from which space-bound payloads can be...

2 years 10 months ago

Deal reached to avert transportation shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican lawmaker says House and Senate leaders have reached a deal that averts a looming shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs. Representative John Mica of Florida, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, says the agreement clears the way for passage next week of...

2 years 11 months ago

Senate to vote on FAA bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The flap over the Federal Aviation Administration that lead to a two-week partial shutdown is expected to end today with a Senate vote approving a House bill. It would extend the FAA's operating authority into next month. The bill includes cuts in air service subsidies to some...

3 years 3 weeks ago

Small plane crashes into Calif. hospital; 2 dead

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has crashed into a community hospital in central California, killing two people on board the plane. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says a single-engine plane crashed into an office building at the hospital shortly after takeoff from nearby Watsonville...

3 years 1 month ago

Small plane crashes into suburban Denver street

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a twin-engine plane has crashed into an intersection in the north Denver suburb of Thornton, but there was no immediate word on any injuries. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the plane crashed at about 3:25 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of...

3 years 2 months ago

Search underway for missing Colorado plane

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Civil Air Patrol is searching for a single-engine plane with two people onboard that was reported missing along the Colorado-Wyoming border. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the Bellanca 17 was reported missing by family members about 1 a.m.Thursday morning. Kenitzer...

3 years 9 months ago

FAA proposes new rules for helicopter safety

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing stricter flight rules for helicopters, including requiring all craft be equipped with an electronic system that warns of terrain or other obstacles. The proposals were released Thursday. The FAA says helicopter crashes are on the rise. In 2008, six accidents involving medical...

4 years 2 months ago

FAA: Planes must have GPS-based equipment

The Obama administration is taking a major step toward an air traffic control system based on satellite technology. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has released an order Thursday that requires all aircraft that use the nation's busiest airports to have equipment by 2020 that continually broadcasts their location to other...

4 years 2 months ago

Pilot safe after landing in field in Loveland

Larimer County sheriff's officials say a 54-year-old pilot from Wellington is safe after unexpectedly landing an experimental aircraft in a field in Loveland. Sheriff's officials say the small aircraft had left the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport on Sunday morning and was flying at about 7,500 feet over Windsor when...

4 years 3 months ago

FAA orders new inspections for Boeing 737s

Aviation regulators are ordering a new round of inspections for some Boeing 737s to catch a flaw that can cause a potentially dangerous vibration. The Federal Aviation Administration says a part can come loose in the plane's elevator, the surface on the plane's tail that points the nose up...

4 years 4 months ago

FAA issues safety warning for homemade planes

Federal officials say high-performance homemade planes like the one that killed a beach jogger last week in South Carolina are likely to stall at higher speeds and have been involved in a disproportionately large number of fatal accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration warned pilots on Thursday that the Lancair,...

4 years 5 months ago

FAA investigating Southwest Airlines repairs

Federal officials are investigating Southwest Airlines over the way it handled structural repairs on dozens of jets, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating whether Southwest followed safety orders dealing with the maintenance of older planes. Inspectors...

4 years 5 months ago

Watchdog: FAA safety initiatives lagging

A government watchdog says eight of 10 safety initiatives promised after a regional airline crash last year are behind schedule or are not meeting goals. Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel also said stepped-up inspections of airline pilot training intiated after the accident were not effectively put in place....

4 years 8 months ago

Northwest pilots appeal license revocation

The Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles have filed appeals of their license revocations with the National Transportation Safety Board. The appeals were filed late Wednesday, said board spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz. He said that appeals typically are heard by an administrative law judge with the board...

4 years 9 months ago

FAA opens investigation into balloon boy incident

As sheriff's investigators in Colorado continue their probe of last week's alleged balloon hoax, the Federal Aviation Administration has opened its own investigation. A spokesman says the probe began either Friday or yesterday, but he didn't know how long it would take. He says the FAA investigates civil allegations, rather...

4 years 9 months ago

FAA proposes fines against United, US Airways

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to levy multimillion dollar penalties on United Airlines and US Airways for safety violations. The FAA said Wednesday it has proposed a $5.4 million fine against US Airways for operating eight planes on a total of 1,647 flights from October 2008 to January 2009 in...

4 years 10 months ago

FAA says airlines are no longer its 'customers'

Airlines will no longer be called "customers" of the agency that regulates them. Randy Babbitt, the new Federal Aviation Administration chief, said Thursday that the agency will stop calling air carriers its "customers" - a practice adopted by the Bush administration. Babbitt also announced a series of initiatives aimed at...

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