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FAA To Issue Single Operating Certificate To American Airlines Next Month

American Airlines looks set to receive a single operating certificate from the FAA in just a couple of weeks.  This comes after they announced yesterday that the loyalty programs will combine to one this coming Saturday, March 28th. This is good news for the carrier though it doesn’t mean they’ll begin operating as one airline.  They are running ahead of schedule according to their earlier public reports.  This Frequent Business Traveler article details the announcement and what’s due to come next: The airline will still have a lot of work […]

Should The Government Control Whether You Can Make A Phone Call On Your Next Flight?

It’s been almost a year since the FAA officially said it was okay to use electronic devices from gate to gate on flights in the United States. Late last year, the FCC proposed overturning the ban on in-flight cell phone calls.  At the time, I was strongly opposed to allowing phone calls on planes. And, I think I’ve changed my mind.  I’m trying to reconcile my philosophical view of the industry and my own personal desire to want to call my kids and say good night when I’m on a […]

Getting Caught Up On What’s New In The Travel World

Our family just got back from a great 10-day vacation in Italy and I’m getting caught up.  There were a bunch of things I either missed or didn’t have time to touch base with all of you on.  You’ll find a list of them below, with my thoughts: British Airways fuel surcharges are one of the very few major bummers I encounter with oneworld awards, especially given the “friendly” partner pricing United announced last year.  View From The Wing to the rescue with a solution to help.  Do this today! […]

FAA Makes It Official, To Allow Electronic Devices Below 10,000 Feet

The FAA made official today what many folks assumed was a foregone conclusion, that you’ll be allowed to use your Kindle or iPad for pretty much the entire flight, though not the cellular functions. It’s interesting that multiple writeups I’ve reviewed all say things like the FAA won’t allow passengers to use cellular phones to make phone calls but aren’t specific about whether you’ll be allowed to use cellular data on a device like an iPad while you’re taxiing.  I suspect the answer will be no but I can’t find […]

Pizza In The News: More Talk About Electronics On Airplanes

Right after I posted about rumors the FAA was moving closer to relaxing the regulations for electronics on planes, I was contacted by Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press.  I don’t think the two were related, but Scott asked me my opinion on the forecasted changes. I took a moment to think about it some more, especially since I wrote the first post in the middle of the night after a long day of work travel to the West coast.  Scott published a few of my thoughts in his article […]

Inching Closer To Relaxed Rules For Electronics In Flight

If you’ve been on a plane any time in the past 5 years, you know the drill.  All those electronics need to be off before the plane can push back from the gate, right?  But, the pilots are using iPads in the cockpit for navigation?  It’s always seemed to me like and odd battle to fight. It’s been rumored for some time that the FAA is going to relax the restrictions on the use of electronics during taxi, takeoff and landing.  Just rumors, but lots of them.  Now, the Wall […]

The Government Decides To Give Up Using Air Travel As A Pawn In Political Flight

It only took a little over a week, but the government made quick work of the furloughs that the FAA put in place for the air-traffic controllers.  Both houses of Congress acted quickly to pass a bill that essentially instructs the FAA to cease furloughs for air-traffic controllers. In case you hadn’t heard, the FAA had decided they were required to furlough air-traffic controllers as part of their sequester cuts.  While there were plenty of informed arguments on the subject of whether they had to muck up the entire air […]

FAA Announces They Are Returning The 787 To The Air

I thought I had published this last night, but obviously I was technically inept enough to save it as a draft.  Good news, I think, and I still expect ETOPS to be tweaked on the plane as well which is also likely the right decision. Very shortly after the FAA disclosed it had received everything from Boeing that it needed in regards to testing their fix for the recent issues, it appears the FAA is ready to announce they are ending the grounding of the 787 on Friday. On Wednesday […]

When Do We Get The Dreamliner Back?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaways for a Bubble Bum and 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points. Thanks to my good friend Kevin for sending along this video to remind me I’m really ready for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to start flying again.  This is footage from the 2012 Farnborough air show where an ex F-18 pilot gets to take the Dreamliner for a little spin.   I Heart The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and I’m ready for the FAA to give her back. Related Articles: FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan Pizza […]