Federal Aviation Administration

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 […]

More Wasted Energy Slows Down The Travel Industry: Fighting About Sequester And Knives

It seems like this is bound to be a week of wasted time and energy by the folks in charge as it relates to the travel industry. The FAA started furloughing air traffic controllers this week.  So far, the delays haven’t been too bad, but it’s unlikely to stay that way.  View From The Wing is steadily continuing to beat the same drum, that the FAA really does have leeway here and that the administration is doing a pretty good job using the FAA as their race car in a […]

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 […]

FAA Publicly Acknowledges Boeing Has Completed 787 Tests

In the most visible sign that we’re getting closer to the 787 flying again, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FAA has acknowledged Boeing has submitted everything they need for the FAA to make a final decision on the 787 returning to flight: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told lawmakers on Tuesday that the Chicago plane maker “has completed all required tests and analysis” of battery fixes to its 787 Dreamliner, including providing an extensive set of documents intended to demonstrate their safety.  While I do consider this good […]

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 […]

FAA Quietly Signals That You Might Be Able To Leave That iPad On During Takeoff and Landing

Count me amongst the crowd of people who don’t like turning off their electronics when it’s time to close the airplane door.  I rarely shut off my phone, hence the reason I love wifi so much.  But, I’ve come to appreciate that time between pushback and 10,000 feet and use it to read a newspaper or magazine. You can also count me in the camp of people who definitely don’t want people to be able to talk on their cellphone while in the air. Considering both of those opinions, the […]

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan

While there have been lots of rumors and snippets over the past few weeks, there’s actual progress today in the return of the 787 to flight.  No, it’s not returning to flight yet, but the FAA has approved Boeing’s plan to certify the new battery system. Quoting from the press release: “This comprehensive series of tests will show us whether the proposed battery improvements will work as designed,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We won’t allow the plane to return to service unless we’re satisfied that the new design ensures […]

A Slight Bit Of Progress On The Boeing 787

If you’re interested in a free drink on a future United flight, don’t forget to enter my giveaway. There really hasn’t been much in the way of real progress since the FAA grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner almost a month ago. A bunch of little snippets about different theories on what caused the problem. On Thursday, the FAA budged just a bit from its previous stance of grounding the entire fleet, allowing Boeing to conduct a limited number of test flights.  There are restrictions, such as only being able to […]

An Aviation Heavyweight Weighs In On The Dreamliner

Unless you’re an aviation enthusiast, it’s unlikely you know who Gordon Bethune is.  A quick peek at his Wikipedia page shows a career working for various airlines (and even a stint at Boeing), but the thing he’s most known for is his long tenure running Continental Airlines.  Most consider him to be the savior of Continental in the mid 90s.  I was never a Continental customer myself, but all of my colleagues who flew Continental swear by the man.  He commands attention in the aviation industry on a fairly regular […]