FAA News

American Flight Highlights Hazards Posed by Turbulence

At some point during many flights, the captain will calmly announce that there could be some bumps ahead and so passengers must be seated with their seatbelts on. The plane might seem to bobble or bounce a bit, but rarely …

Passengers Warned of Toxic Fumes Onboard Airplanes

The smell of jet fuel is fairly common in the passenger cabin when your plane is preparing to taxi. Far less so is the aroma of dirty socks, rancid cheese, or a wet dog—the typical unpleasant notice that engine oil …

Police Push Tracking as Rogue Drones Hover Over Fire Scenes

At a recent apartment blaze in Oakland, California, a sheriff deputy directing firefighters with a drone-mounted video camera encountered a new hazard: a civilian quad copter that buzzed onto the scene. “It’s happened twice in the past few months,” said …

Confusing Drone Rules Cause Headaches for Businessowners

When Jim Komsa launched his aerial photography business in 2013, using airplanes to shoot photos from the sky, he said there were only a handful of competitors in all of New Jersey. Now, there are dozens. Komsa, the co-owner of …

No Real Rule on How Hot is too Hot on a Plane

Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something that might do even more to keep them cool: a …

Recreational Drone Registry Upended by Federal Appeals Decision

John Taylor didn’t like the idea of being forced by the Federal Aviation Administration to register his drones. The requirement was “authoritarian,” the Maryland attorney said, and wouldn’t deter reckless fliers. So the aviation law novice – he works in …

Airlines Told to Remove Seats From Small Planes, Could Cause Neck Injuries

Federal safety regulators are telling airlines to remove a certain type of seat from their planes, saying the seat could cause neck injuries during otherwise survivable crash landings. The order covers 10,482 seats used mostly on mostly smaller regional jets. …

Police, Other Texas Agencies Embrace Drone Use

Government use of aerial drones became much easier when the Federal Aviation Administration flipped the switch on new regulations last year. The Austin American-Statesman reports since then, a number of Austin-area public safety agencies, including the Williamson County sheriff’s office …

Texas Woman Injured in Oklahoma Skydiving Accident Awarded $760K

A Texas woman has been awarded $760,000 after she was badly injured in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma. Makenzie Wethington was 16 in January 2014 when her parachute malfunctioned and she fell more than 3,000 feet to the ground in …

Laptop Ban Spurs Fire Warning on Batteries in Jet Cargo Holds

The U.S. order prohibiting passengers from carrying laptop computers and other electronics into the cabins of some overseas flights is raising concerns about a risk unrelated to terror: the potential for those devices’ lithium-based batteries to catch fire in the …