McLean, Virginia-based Aireon’s new plane-tracking technology attempts to minimize the risk any commercial aircraft will disappear.
For more than six decades, the Federal Aviation Administration has relied on employees of airplane manufacturers to do government-required safety inspections as planes are being designed or assembled. But critics say the system is too cozy, as company employees do work for an agency charged with keeping the skies safe while being paid by an industry that the FAA is regulating.
Howard County says it has filed a petition against the Federal Aviation Administration, opposing its approved plan to expand Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport over neighbor’s noise concerns.
Citing hazardous road conditions, Metrobus has suspended service on all its routes Sunday. Buses already on the road would operate until the end of their routes before going out of service Sunday night, WMATA says.
A small, private plane crashed at a regional airport in Culpeper County, Virginia State police said.
The pilot of a United Airlines passenger flight from Dulles International Airport to Seattle, Washington, aborted his takeoff, after seeing a smaller passenger jet on the same runway, WTOP has learned.
The room between rows — measured from a point on one seat to the same point on the seat in the next row — has been shrinking for many years as airlines squeeze more seats onto their planes.
Over the past four years, flight paths have been getting lower and more concentrated due to NextGen, a program being implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration. “There is no peace,” lamented Sunil Misra.
Congress is considering a sweeping tally of proposals that could affect travelers, from dictating seat size and legroom to rolling back rules that require airlines to advertise the full price of a ticket.
The vote to improve the plan was 2-1 with Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp voting in favor of the plan, and Comptroller Peter Franchot voting against.
Civil Air Patrol C-182 aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise — scheduled to run midnight to 5:30 a.m. each morning.
The battle that various local neighborhoods have been waging against the change in flight paths instituted by the FAA a few years ago has not seen much success. With options dwindling, a group of Montgomery County residents is now asking the county council for help.
“Major changes in flight paths are supposed to be accompanied by public opportunity for comment, and we got none,” said a lawyer for the group of D.C. residents challenging the FAA.
“Federal law requires that petitions seeking review of FAA actions be filed within sixty days of the agency’s final order,” a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals said. “Because petitioners failed to challenge it within the 60 day statutory time limit and had no ‘reasonable grounds’ for the delay, we dismiss the petition as untimely.”
Maryland’s attorney general has hired an outside firm to help as the state pursues legal action against the Federal Aviation Administration.
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