ipads now allowed in the cockpit on flights (even during takeoff and landing), but still banned for passengersRead more »
The last continuing resolution expired Tuesday. With that expiration, the F.A.A. lost its ability to charge the 7.5% tax on airline tickets, which funds most of the agency’s functions. That means the agency is losing $200 million a week, according to the American Association of Airport Executives, money that is normally used to pay safety inspectors and improve airport facilities.
The agency also lost its ability to write checks or pay its credit card bills. Which leaves the inspectors to pay their own expenses.Read more »
Despite its lax security, and the fact that the 'underwear bomber' departed from Nigera, the Federal Aviation Administration has 'bestowed' its highest rating to Nigeria, allowing Nigerian airlines to make direct flights to the US.Read more »
The FAA has partnered with eight universities to figure out how space tourism fits into the airspace and, in some ways, into society itself. FAA's Hank Price says the agency wants to try and keep everyone safe without unduly impeding development of the industry. "We try to be as flexible as we can, to be as safe as possible but also allow testing of (private spaceships and rockets)," Price said.
Price said there are a host of areas that need to be fleshed out, from certification of private astronauts to design and operational standards for spaceports.Read more »
After having it brought to their attention last year, the FAA still has not managed to protect its computers from cyber attack, citing the need to implement new air traffic control systems rather than protect its current systems.Read more »
government wants to have unmaned drones patrolling the skies.Read more »
Flying cars and robot maids may still be far from reality, but one Jetsons-era vision of the future is very real: Later this year, you'll be able to buy your own jetpack.Read more »
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