Dr. Gridlock: Aviation


Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Sen. Rand Paul refuses pat-down

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) refused a pat-down after running afoul with federal security officials at a Nashville airport on Monday and was not allowed to board a flight, according to his father and federal officials.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:56 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/17/2012

BWI charter flights to Cuba set to start in March

On March 21, direct flights will begin from BWI to the communist Caribbean island.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Travel tips from the TSA: Eggnogg, fruitcakes are okay

The Transportation Security Administration has issued some tongue-in-cheek holiday travel tips, which include reminders about ugly sweaters, fruitcake and in-flight eggnog.

By Mark Berman  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 12/22/2011

NORAD plans calibration flights on Thursday afternoon

The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct calibration flights over the Washington area on Thursday afternoon. The flights are meant to help calibrate systems and equipment used in responding to unknown or threatening aircraft. They will take place between 1 and 3 p.m.

By Mark Berman  |  11:54 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Norton asks FAA to reroute late flights at National Airport

Late night flights into Reagan National Airport are rattling windowpanes and scaring the daylights out of sleeping D.C. residents, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said in asking the Federal Aviation Administration to reroute the planes.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Delta relocating Tuesday to Concourse D at BWI

Delta Air Lines is shifting its operations from Concourse C to Concourse D at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport beginning Tuesday.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  03:50 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/10/2011

October snow causes flight delays

The federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that airlines recorded seven domestic flight tarmac delays of more than three hours and 11 international flight delays of more than four hours during October. The tarmac delays all occurred on Oct. 29 and involved flights bound for John F. Kennedy International or Newark Liberty airports, according to DOT, which said it is investigating.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Ray LaHood ‘disappointed’ with how he learned of FAA head’s arrest

After testifying before a congressional hearing on high-speed rail, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood spoke to reporters outside about the recent DWI arrest of Randy Babbitt, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/29/2011

American Airlines parent appoints new chief executive

The board of directors of AMR Corp. appointed Tom Horton, who has spent more than 20 years with American, to replace retiring chief executive Gerard Arpey as the company filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure its operations.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 11/29/2011

AMR CEO retires as American parent files for bankruptcy

Gerard Arpey, the former chairman, president and chief executive of AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, distributed the following letter to employees on Tuesday, as the company filed for bankruptcy. He has decided to retire from the company.  

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:58 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/09/2011

BWI expanding; AirTran and Southwest consolidating in one terminal

Baltimore Washington-International Marshall Airport will begin a major expansion of passenger areas over the next two years.

By Ovetta Wiggins  |  11:24 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Council of Governments to receive briefing on proposal to change airports authority board

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is scheduled to receive a briefing Wednesday on a proposal from a federal lawmaker that would give Virginia more seats on the authority that operates Dulles and Reagan airports.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 10/11/2011

American Airlines cuts winter and fall flights

American Airlines said Monday that it is dialing back the number of flights it will operate in late fall and winter, and plans to retire up to 11 Boeing 757 aircraft next year, citing uncertainty over the economy and high fuel costs.

By Associated Press  |  09:35 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 09/20/2011

BWI sets record for passenger traffic

BWI airport set a record for passenger traffic in July, according to information released Tuesday by Maryland officials.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:03 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation | Tags:  BWI

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 09/15/2011

FAA fines Colgan Air for safety violations

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $1.9 million fine against a regional airline involved in a deadly crash two years ago for allegedly allowing flight attendants to work flights without proper training.

By Associated Press  |  03:22 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Justice Ginsburg, Commerce head aboard plane evacuated at Dulles International Airport

United Airlines Flight 586, scheduled to depart Dulles airport at 12:34 p.m. for San Francisco, has been evacuated after a fire was reportedly spotted in an engine.

By Ashley Halsey III and Patricia Sullivan  |  01:01 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 09/13/2011

New airport security policy ahead for kids under 12

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will be rolling out a different airport pat-down policy for children under 12 in the coming months, and these children will no longer have to take off their shoes to be screened.

By Associated Press  |  02:09 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Airlines change travel policies for Hurricane Irene

Airlines have begun issuing travel waivers allowing flyers to change their travel plans without penalty for some areas of the county as people make preparations in advance of Hurricane Irene.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  01:35 PM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Air defense exercise takes flight over Washington

If the sky seems thick with the sounds of aircraft Wednesday night — F-16s, C21s, hulking helicopters — don’t be an alarmed. It will most likely be part of a scheduled exercise designed to help maintain the nation’s air defense network.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  12:35 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 08/22/2011

Southwest adds BWI service to Atlanta

Southwest Airlines will offer service from BWI to Atlanta for $79 each way. The flights are available for booking on southwest.com beginning today for trips on Feb. 12 or later.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  01:16 PM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Bat on a plane prompts rabies alert

Health officials say a bat on a flight from Wisconsin to Atlanta last week has sparked a national search for passengers to protect them against possible rabies.

By Associated Press  |  02:04 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 08/09/2011

3 treated after D.C. flight makes emergency landing in South Carolina

An American Airlines flight from Miami to Reagan National Airport landed in Charleston after encountering severe turbulence. Two passengers and a crew member were treated for minor injuries.

By Associated Press and staff reports  |  05:39 PM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 08/09/2011

More airplanes face tarmac delays

More than a dozen planes sat on the tarmac for more than three hours in June, the government said Tuesday.

By Samantha Bomkamp and Associated Press  |  01:50 PM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Airport slots swap gets preliminary OK

Delta Air Lines and US Airways have received preliminary federal approval of their plan to swap landing rights to two airlines hold at Reagan National Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  07:29 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Turtles cause flights delays at JFK

About 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday in search of beaches to lay their eggs, delaying dozens of flights, aviation authorities said.

By Chris Hawley; Associated Press  |  03:35 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports | Tags:  Airlines, Aviation, Airports

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Test moves airlines toward paperless cockpits

American Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association are testing the use of tablet computers “from gate to gate during all phases of flight,” according to a spokesman for American Airlines.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 05/04/2011

NORAD flight exercises over Washington

The U.S. military is planning some training flights over the Washington area to test the region’s air defenses.

By Associated Press  |  04:10 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Southwest, AirTran merger may mean lower fares — eventually

Southwest Airlines completed its purchase of AirTran Airways on Monday, becoming the Washington region’s dominant air carrier with about 32 percent of the area’s air travel.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:31 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Flying? Weather delays likely.

While Washington-area airports are not reporting delays, stormy weather is affecting traffic at some airports in the Northeast, a concern if you’re traveling to the region or making a connection today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:10 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 04/22/2011

BWI debuts electric-vehicle charging stations

Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport is celebrating Earth Day with the installation of eight electric vehicle charging stations.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:01 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Rats on a plane? Where’s Samuel L. Jackson?

ATLANTA — Federal inspectors on a Delta Air Lines Inc. plane say they found so many rat droppings that they lost count.

By Associated Press  |  06:44 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Planes, trains and automobiles: The stories of the day offer something for everyone. Here’s a look at some of the latest.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:04 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, BRAC, Aviation, Commuting

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Happy Emancipation Day, D.C. If you drove into the city, holiday parking rules are in force. The big news of the day — and the weekend — will be taking place on Metrorail.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Aviation, Metro, Purple Line

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/14/2011

FAA head of air traffic resigns

The head of the Air Traffic Organization at the Federal Aviation Administration resigned Thursday morning amid recent reports of several controllers sleeping on the job.

By Dr. Gridlock  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/14/2011

FAA head of air traffic resigns

The head of the Air Traffic Organization at the Federal Aviation Administration resigned Thursday morning amid recent reports of several controllers sleeping on the job.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Another sleeping air traffic controller prompts FAA to assign more personnel to towers

An air traffic controller  in Nevada fell asleep early Wednesday  as a medical flight carrying a sick patient tried to land, leading federal authorities to order an immediate end to the practice of leaving a single controller on duty during overnight shifts

By Ashley Halsey III  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Good morning, travelers. There’s lots of transportation news today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  BRAC, Aviation, Congestion, Metro

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/12/2011

NTSB to investigate wing clipping incident at JFK

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate an incident that occurred at New York’s JFK International Airport Monday night when the wing of an Air France plane clipped a much smaller jet on the tarmac.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Airlines attempt price increase

NEW YORK — At least two major U.S. airlines are again raising round-trip ticket prices by $10 on some domestic routes as they try to counter rising fuel costs.

By Associated Press  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Southwest repairing planes with cracks, returning them to service

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says four planes being repaired for cracks in their aluminum skin will probably return to service Saturday.

By Associated Press  |  12:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

All eyes are on Washington, wondering if there will be a government shutdown that begins this week.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:42 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Aviation, Driving, Maryland

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Southwest patching hole in plane

PHOENIX — Southwest Airlines is patching a large hole in a Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in southwestern Arizona last week, but the company won’t say when or if it will be back in service.

By Associated Press  |  08:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011

FAA: Second sleeping controller being fired

A second U.S. air-traffic controller who slept on an overnight shift, this time on purpose, is in the process of being fired, Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt said.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Highway work zone safety is the theme of the week as area departments of transportation recognize National Work Zone Awareness Week.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:14 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation News, Aviation

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Airlines canceled Feb. flights to avoid delays

There were no U.S. planes stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours in February despite massive winter storms across much of the country, the government said Tuesday. But cancellations soared, reaching the second highest for any February on record.

By Associated Press  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Plane from National forced to land in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio — Two flight attendants reported dizziness and four passengers fainted aboard an American Airlines flight Friday, forcing the pilot to drop the jet’s oxygen masks and land in Ohio, an airline spokesman said.

By  |  05:56 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Diverted flight from Dulles finally lands in Oregon

United Airlines flight diverted to Chicago for security concerns; passengers rescreened and three booted. Plane lands about 1 a.m. in Portland.

By Associated Press  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Coyote delays flights in Atlanta

Authorities say a coyote wandered onto a runway in Atlanta, delaying flights for a few minutes at the world’s busiest airport until ground crews chased the animal away.

By Associated Press  |  11:57 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 12/31/2010

2 killed as plane, helicopter collide

WEYERS CAVE, Va. -- Federal aviation officials say a small plane collided with a medical helicopter in the air in rural western Virginia, killing two people on the plane.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the collision occurred at about...

By Associated Press  |  05:38 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Man strips at airport checkpoint

RICHMOND -- Police say a man stripped to his underwear at a Virginia airport checkpoint in a protest against security procedures.

By Associated Press  |  12:22 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 12/10/2010

FAA revises plane record-keeping

The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an effort to sort out aircraft record-keeping, saying that ownership information for nearly a third of the 357,000 planes on its registry is inaccurate. The agency is notifying owners and pilots about changes to federal rules finalized in July on re-registering their planes every three years.

By Reuters  |  05:59 PM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 12/09/2010

NTSB to devote year to child safety

The National Transportation Safety Board kicked off a child safety forum at its L'Enfant Plaza headquarters in Southwest Washington Thursday morning to draw attention to passenger practices aboard airplanes and in automobiles. NTSB chief Deborah A.P. Hersman is chairing the one-day forum, with all five members of the board scheduled to participate.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  07:30 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation, Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Why lasers and airplanes don't mix

The number of incidents where lasers are pointed at airplanes are growing, and the Federal Aviation Administration is trying to raise awareness of the safety issue. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt took up the issue Wednesday morning as a guest on...

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:04 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 12/07/2010

JetBlue flight has close call

A quick-thinking air traffic controller at Boston's Logan International Airport urgently told a JetBlue flight to "hold" just before it entered a runway where another plane was about to take off. JetBlue Airways Corp. says Flight 1264 arriving from Austin, Texas, on Nov. 24 with 91 passengers landed safely, but while taxiing to the gate the pilot inadvertently took a right instead of turning left.

By Associated Press  |  07:01 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Feds: Tarmac delay rule is working

The government says October was the first month when no airplanes were stuck on the ground for more than three hours, since it started collecting such data in 2008. Long delays are rare in October, because it's one of the slowest months for air travel and weather is relatively mild in most of the country. Still, the Transportation Department says the rule that threatens huge fines for airlines with long delays is working. There were 11 delays of more than three hours in October 2009.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  12:58 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Eight air security triggers

Budget Travel, once owned by The Washington Post Co., has an interesting feature on eight items that may lead the Transportation Security Administration to single out you or your bags for additional screening. Read the complete article at budgettravel.com.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:12 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Dog bites 2 on airplane

A US Airways flight headed to Phoenix made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh after a dog on board bit a passenger and a flight attendant. US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher says the flight left Newark, N.J., on Monday morning. Lehmacher says a passenger carrying a dog let the animal out of its carrier and it bit the two.

By Associated Press  |  11:50 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/03/2010

Gifts could pose problem at airports

Airport security may take a bit of the ho-ho out of your holiday season if your beautifully wrapped gifts appear to contain something worthy of closer scrutiny, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday."It might make sense to wrap your gifts...

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:15 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 12/02/2010

All checkpoints won't get body scanners

The plan to use 1,800 of the controversial full-body scanners at the nation's airports will leave about 500 security checkpoints without the new high-tech machines, according to Congressional testimony on Thursday.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:48 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/28/2010

Airspace restrictions reinstated

Airspace restrictions, lifted for the holiday, are put back in place tomorrow morning.

By Mark Berman  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Apology for a TSA 'pat-down'

Transportation Security Administration Chief John Pistole apologized Tuesday to a Michigan man who had urine spilled on his clothing after a pat-down at Detroit Metro Airport. Tha man Thomas Sawyer, 61, is a bladder cancer survivor and had a urostomy bag under his clothing, according to the Detroit Free Press.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  08:56 AM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Travel advice from AAA

Worried about airport pat-downs or just about getting to Grandma's in time for the big feast? Lon Anderson of AAA Mid-Atlantic was online Tuesday at 1 p.m. to discuss Thanksgiving travel. You can review the discussion here. Dr. Gridlock was...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:52 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Pilot violates restricted airspace

U.S. fighter jets intercepted a small plane flown by a student pilot after it crossed into restricted airspace in the Washington area, military and aviation officials said Monday. The two F-16 fighters launched by the North American Aerospace Defense Command...

By The Associated Press  |  04:58 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Airspace restrictions eased for holiday

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense are broadening the airspace for commercial flights during Thanksgiving week. The agreement will allow commercial planes to fly through restricted airspace from 6 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Nov. 29. "We...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  02:50 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 11/18/2010

FAA orders cockpit windows replaced

U.S. airlines must have cockpit windows on their Boeing 747 jetliners inspected or replaced after reports of fires on other Boeing planes, the Federal Aviation Administration said.The order is aimed at eliminating loose connections in the electrical system that heats...

By Bloomberg  |  12:43 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Pistole gets the 'pat-down'

Transportation Security Administrator John. S Pistole told a Congressional committee Wednesday morning that he and other senior members of the Department of Homeland Security have all experienced the enhanced "pat-downs" recently implemented as an airport screening tool. Pistole was responding to a question from Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) during testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee. The panel is holding a TSA oversight hearing and it is Pistole's first appearance since being confirmed this summer. The pat-down "is thorough," Pistole told the members. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was one of the officials who experienced the pat-down, he said. Officials wanted to fully understand the screening procedure before it was implemented, he added. Pistole also offered to have a qualified TSA officer perform the pat-down on any member of the committee who wants one.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  10:07 AM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 11/01/2010

JetBlue launches service at National

JetBlue Airways launched service Monday at Reagan National Airport with daily flights to Boston and Florida.The airline offered limited seats between Washington and Boston's Logan Airport at $49 each way in a sale that ends Thursday. The promotion covers travel...

By Michael Bolden  |  05:05 PM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/24/2010

Croc on a plane leads to crash

A crocodile escaped from a suitcase on board a passenger flight over the Democratic Republic of Congo, leading to a stampede that caused the plane to topple and crash into a house, according to an Australian news source.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/20/2010

Crash recording can be used at trial

Families suing over the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 will be allowed to use the cockpit voice recording at trial.A federal judge in Buffalo agreed with lawyers for the families who argued the written transcript is incomplete and the actual sound is necessary for a fair trial. In a decision dated Tuesday, he ordered the recording turned over to lawyers and told them to come up with a way to prevent it from being publicly released so potential jurors won't be influenced. The case is set for trial in 2012.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Aviation

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Alaska crash survivor returns to work

Two and a half months after surviving the crash of a small vintage plane that killed five people, Sean O'Keefe returned to work on Monday as the chief executive of the U.S. unit of European aerospace company EADS. O'Keefe, still sporting a neck brace and protective cast on his foot, said in a Web posting that he was at "75 percent strength," but eager to get back to work.

By Michael Bolden  |  07:14 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Groundbreaking for control tower

Federal, state and local officials broke ground for a new air traffic control tower at Frederick Municipal Airport Monday. The $5.3 million project is being paid for with stimulus money and will include a new tower, access road and other infrastructure. The airport currently does not have a tower. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, about 200 aircraft are based at the Frederick airport, which handles more than 135,000 operations each year. The airport, which caters mostly to private pilots, handles a range of aircraft, including the presidential helicopter, Marine One. It is the second-busiest airport in the state, behind Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  06:32 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/08/2010

FAA: Runway incidents down 50%

The number of runway incidents that pose a danger of planes colliding dropped by half over the last 12 months, federal transportation officials said Friday. There were six incidents during the federal budget year ending Sept. 30 in which a plane on the wrong runway or crossing a runway risked colliding with another plane, the Federal Aviation Administration said. There were 12 such incidents in the 2009 budget year.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 09/27/2010

Frederick airport to get control tower

Federal officials say the Frederick Municipal Airport is getting an air traffic control tower. Maryland Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski said Monday the Federal Aviation Administration has granted final approval to the project. It will be funded with $4.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Federal officials said in a statement that construction of the tower "is expected to begin almost immediately," and should be completed in 18 months.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:57 AM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 09/10/2010

DOT proposes new pilot flight rules

U.S. transportation and labor officials said some airline pilots would fly fewer hours and others more hours under a proposal to help lessen pilot fatigue.

By Michael Bolden  |  12:33 PM ET, 09/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 08/25/2010

Preliminary report on Alaska crash

Impact from the Alaska plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others, including a Germantown man, earlier this month dislodged an emergency locator beacon from its mounting bracket, federal investigators said.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:01 AM ET, 08/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 08/21/2010

2nd crash survivor returning home

Lobbyist Jim Morhard, 54, one of the four survivors of the Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and a Germantown man on Aug. 9, is returning to Washington on Saturday. A statement released by his family said Morhard would return to Dulles via medical air ambulance. He has been convalescing at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:26 PM ET, 08/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 08/11/2010

NTSB wants child seats on planes

Letter to the FAA from the NTSB Federal safety officials are recommending that flight rules be changed to require child safety seats on planes for children less than 2 years old. The National Transportation Safety Board made the recommendation Wednesday...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:32 PM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 07/29/2010

Unruly passenger delays DCA flight

A US Airways flight that was waiting to take off for Boston at Reagan National Airport Thursday afternoon was called back to to its gate after the crew reported an unruly passenger on board. Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said flight 2032 was holding on a runway at about 3 p.m. when the passenger became upset. The crew called police. The plane returned to its gate, where FBI and TSA agents boarded the plane and removed the passenger without incident.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:35 PM ET, 07/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 07/26/2010

Delta carrier fined for bumping

Delta Air Lines's Comair commuter carrier was fined $275,000 for violating federal rules on bumping passengers from oversold flights, the U.S. Transportation Department said.

By Michael Bolden  |  05:43 PM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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