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O'Hare Opens New $516 Million RunwayRunway 10R/28L at the south end of the airfield cost $516 million. Some local officials said it won’t be used enough to justify the cost, and complained it will bring flight noise over new neighborhoods, but deputy FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker said it would improve overall air traffic flow at O’Hare.
FAA Calls For Nearly $2 Million Fine Against Drone Company SkyPanCBS 2’s Audrina Bigos has more on the unprecedented lawsuit.
Report Slams FAA Response To Fire At Air Traffic FacilityThe U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general has determined Federal Aviation Administration contingency plans and security protocols were insufficient at a Chicago air traffic control facility that was set on fire last year.
Feds Want 13 Years, $4.5M Fine For Man Who Set Fire At FAA FacilityWhen Brian Howard set a fire at an FAA radar facility in Aurora in a failed suicide attempt in 2014, he caused “one of the most severe disruptions to air travel in recent memory,” federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.
Jet Noise Frustrations Remain After First FAA Meeting On New O'Hare RunwayThe Federal Aviation Administration on Monday held the first in a series of workshops to discuss a new runway at O’Hare International Airport, but the meeting did little to alleviate the frustration of residents who have suffered through an increase in jet noise for the past two years.
Persistent Delays Raise Questions About O'Hare PromisesJetliners 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.
Brian Howard Pleads Guilty To Setting Fire At FAA Radar Center In AuroraA 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.
Illinois State Police Get Federal Approval To Use DronesThe 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."
Suspect In FAA Radar Facility Fire To Plead Guilty, Attorney SaysA 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.
Formal Charges Filed Against Suspect In FAA Radar Facility FireFederal 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.
O'Hare Noise Activists Say More Meetings With FAA Not EnoughAfter 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.
Seven Dead In Small Plane Crash Near BloomingtonThe 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.
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