Federal Aviation Administration
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In light of a report that the FAA originally released inaccurate information about how new flight paths at O’Hare International Airport would affect people who live nearby, critics of the airport expansion project are demanding new public hearings on airport noise.
A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya’s capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January.
Boeing’s beleaguered 787 could be flying again within a week after federal officials approved a fix for its batteries, even though the root cause of a fire on one plane and smoke on another still isn’t known.
A former University of Oklahoma starting quarterback was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into a house in northern Indiana, officials said Monday.
A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner’s fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries won approval Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration, moving the cutting-edge planes a step closer to flying passengers again.
The federal government grounded Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced jetliner Wednesday, declaring that U.S. airlines cannot fly the 787 again until the risk of battery fires is addressed.
The two recent fuel leaks come in the wake of electrical panel issues in three other 787 jets in December.
Following reports of two fuel leaks on Boeing 787 Dreamliners operated by foreign airlines, the FAA has directed the Chicago-based company to inspect all 787s for airworthiness.
Federal authorities were investigating the cause of a fatal plane crash near Joliet on Tuesday.