Federal Aviation Administration

Planes wait on the taxiway at O'Hare International Airport, after a ground stop was ordered at O'Hare and Midway International Airport, due to smoke inside the TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) facility in Elgin. (Credit: CBS)

Persistent Delays Raise Questions About O’Hare Promises

Jetliners roared down O’Hare’s newest runway as Chicago officials cheerfully touted the latest piece of a decade-long overhaul as a tipping point that could cut delays in half and dramatically improve the reputation for bottlenecks at one of the nation’s busiest airports. But in the year and a half since that celebratory event, delays have been even more common than in the five years before the strip opened.

06/05/2015

FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Brian Howard Pleads Guilty To Setting Fire At FAA Radar Center In Aurora

A 37-year-old contractor from Naperville has pleaded guilty to setting a fire at an Aurora radar facility last fall, crippling Chicago’s two airports, and disrupting air traffic all across the U.S.

05/28/2015

A small drone hovers in the sky, (Credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

Illinois State Police Get Federal Approval To Use Drones

The police agency announced Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized what it calls its Unmanned Aircraft System program. The announcement says the program “is not being implemented for surveillance purposes.”

05/13/2015

FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Suspect In FAA Radar Facility Fire To Plead Guilty, Attorney Says

A plea agreement with prosecutors is being negotiated, with the goal being having Brian Howard do his time in a federal prison offering mental health treatment, defense attorney Ronald Safer said.

05/07/2015

FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Formal Charges Filed Against Suspect In FAA Radar Facility Fire

Federal prosecutors formally filed charges Friday against Brian Howard, the Naperville man accused of setting fire to an FAA radar facility in Aurora last year, leading to a grounding of all planes at O’Hare and Midway.

05/01/2015

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

O’Hare Noise Activists Say More Meetings With FAA Not Enough

After talking with Mayor Emanuel in Washington, Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta promised to double the number of meetings to be held before a new runway opens at O’Hare Airport this fall.

04/22/2015

Seven men died when this Cessna 414 crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, just after midnight on Arpil 7, 2015. (Credit: David Proeber, Bloomington Pantagraph)

Seven Dead In Small Plane Crash Near Bloomington

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a Cessna 414 flying from Indianapolis to Bloomington went down about two miles away from Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington just after midnight. McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage confirmed all seven people on board were killed in the crash.

04/07/2015

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Suburbs Enlist Experts To Look Into Reducing O’Hare Noise

A kinder, gentler Suburban O’Hare Commission Wednesday unveiled the team of experts it has hired to find ways to reduce airport jet noise — a group that makes it clear they want to work with the city, not against it.

04/02/2015

Matthew Spenko, associate professor of mechanical engineering at IIT, holds one of the drones to be used by ComEd to inspect power lines and substations. (Credit: IIT Engineering/Facebook)

ComEd, IIT Team Up To Use Drones To Inspect Power Lines

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized ComEd to use drones to streamline the inspection of its power lines.

03/10/2015

A four-rotor helicopter drone. (CBS)

Expert: Spike In Drone Use Creates High Risk Of Accidents

Drones have become so popular in the skies above America, a Chicago transportation expert said the federal government needs to do more about the dangers of a possible mid-air accident.

11/12/2014

Aurora FAA Radar Facility

FAA Techs Defend Backup System For Crippled Radar Facility

FAA employees who have helped keep air traffic moving safely over the Midwest since last Friday’s act of sabotage at a radar facility in Aurora are answering critics who have said there isn’t a proper backup system in place.

10/03/2014

Firefighters respond to the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center  in Aurora on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

FAA Chief Says Damaged Radar Facility On Track To Be Fixed By Oct. 13

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta planned to tour the crippleed Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Aurora, then meet with members of the Illinois congressional delegation to discuss repairs and an ongoing FAA review of the incident.

10/03/2014

Firefighters respond to the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center  in Aurora on Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Blasts FAA For Lack Of Backup For Crippled Air Traffic Center

“How could you have an airport that is so integral to the national and the international system with no backup capacity that one individual can have this impact?” Emanuel asked Wednesday.

10/01/2014

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

O’Hare, Midway Continue To Increase Flights After Radar Center Fire

As the FAA continues to make repairs to a severely damaged radar center in Aurora, flight performance at Chicago’s two airports has gradually improved as air traffic controllers have shifted to facilities in four other states to pick up the slack.

09/30/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

No Relief For Some Homeowners Complaining Of Increased O’Hare Noise

A North Side woman who convinced the city to install an official noise monitor at her home, 10 miles away from O’Hare International Airport, said the jet noise it measured would qualify her for soundproofing, but she lives too far away.

09/24/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Noise Critic: FAA Understatement Of O’Hare Traffic Changes Was “Strategic”

Activists upset with the increased jet noise from the new runway configuration at O’Hare International Airport have said they believe the city and the FAA conspired to hide the impact of new flight patterns on homes and businesses along airport flight paths.

08/08/2014

A YouTube user recorded aerial video of Lollapalooza using a drone, drawing a reprimand from the FAA, which requires authorization for anyone to fly a drone. (Credit: YouTube)

Drone Videos Taken Over Lollapalooza Draw FAA Lecture

The Federal Aviation Administration won’t charge the man who shot live footage with an aerial drone over the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park, but the videos did catch the agency’s attention.

08/08/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Suburbs Near O’Hare Want New Jet Noise Studies

Suburbs west of O’Hare International Airport have placed a question on the November ballot, asking voters whether something needs to be done about the rise in jet noise.

07/31/2014

A woman walks through an empty arrivals gate at terminal three of Ben Gurion Airport on July 24, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

FAA Lifts Ban On U.S. Flights To Israel

The next flight from Chicago to Tel Aviv originally was set to take off from O’Hare International Airport at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, but has since been delayed until 11 a.m.

07/24/2014

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Three Lawmakers Call For New O’Hare Noise Hearings, Study

Three Congress members from Illinois were demanding new public hearings on jet noise at O’Hare International Airport, in the wake of a report the FAA provided inaccurate data before hearings held nine years ago before the project to overhaul the airport’s runways.

06/20/2014

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