Federal Aviation Administration News

FAA’s Oversight of Southwest Airlines Slammed by Watchdog

The U.S. government’s oversight of airline safety was roundly criticized in a government watchdog report that found Southwest Airlines Co. was allowed to make more than 150,000 flights carrying 17.2 million passengers that didn’t meet safety standards. The airline regularly …

Bryant Crash Copter Didn’t Have ‘Black Box’ Recorders, NTSB Says

The helicopter on which Kobe Bryant and eight other people died Sunday wasn’t equipped with crash-proof voice and data recorders, investigators said Monday night. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter carrying Bryant, his daughter and seven others wasn’t required to have the …

FAA Investigating Delta Jet Fuel-Dumping on Schoolkids

CUDAHY, Calif. — Federal authorities will investigate why an airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel over a densely populated area of Southern California while making an emergency return to the airport, dousing dozens of schoolchildren in a smelly vapor. …

FAA’s Assumptions in Boeing 737 Max Approval Faulted by Experts

Decades-old assumptions about how pilots would behave and a failure to grasp the complexity of a new flight-control system plagued the design certification of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max, a blue-ribbon panel of experts concluded. The group issued 10 recommendations, calling …

Delta Jet Fuel Dumped in Emergency Sickens 26 Kids and Teachers

A Delta Air Lines Inc. jet dumped fuel over elementary school playgrounds in Los Angeles, causing skin irritations and breathing problems for 44 children and adults, after an engine problem forced the plane to turn around shortly after takeoff. The …

Boeing Mocked Lion Air Calls for More 737 Max Training Before Crash

Indonesia’s Lion Air considered putting its pilots through simulator training before flying the Boeing Co. 737 Max but abandoned the idea after the planemaker convinced them in 2017 it was unnecessary, according to people familiar with the matter and internal …

Boeing Backs Simulator Training It Once Resisted for Max Pilots

Boeing Co. is recommending that airlines put pilots through simulator training before they fly the 737 Max — a stunning reversal that is intended to reassure the flying public of the grounded jetliner’s safety after two deadly crashes. The shift …

Boeing Drops on Reports of Max Issues, Possible Fundraising

Boeing Co. fell following reports that the company is weighing a move to raise more debt after the grounding of the 737 Max and that the jetliner’s return to service could face further complications. While Boeing had about $20 billion …

New Boeing 737 Max Documents Show ‘Very Disturbing’ Employee Concerns – U.S. House Aide

WASHINGTON — Boeing Co. documents under review by a U.S. congressional panel appear to point to a “very disturbing” picture of commentary from the planemaker’s employees over the grounded 737 MAX aircraft, a congressional aide said on Tuesday. The documents …

Drones Need Tracking Network for Expanded Flights, FAA Says

All but the smallest civilian drones would have to broadcast radio tracking data to ensure greater safety and prevent terrorism under a sweeping proposal unveiled by U.S. regulators Thursday. The long-awaited draft rules call for a massive new tracking network …