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.
It’s not just your imagination, seat sizes have shrunk over the years on airlines. But besides just being uncomfortable, some say shrinking seat sizes could be dangerous.
Anne Arundel County Council members said they have received numerous calls and emails from various neighborhoods that are impacted by noise and low-flying airplanes “for almost 24 hours a day. “
Construction-related fumes leaked into a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Leesburg, Virginia, Monday night, leading to some flight delays at the three D.C.-area airports.
Approximately a dozen police, fire, and emergency agencies surrounding Washington, D.C. are using drones to capture criminal suspects and fight fires, but are also sparking privacy concerns and legislation.
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