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Posted on February 11, 2014

Investigation Shows Errant Plane Landings Are Surprisingly Frequent

When you purchase a plane ticket and then later board the plane, you go in with the assumption that you’re going to be taken to the destination printed on said ticket.  But as a new investigation shows, the number of planes that accidentally touch down in the wrong spot or come close to doing...
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Posted on January 28, 2014

Boeing 767 Elevators To Be Inspected

Boeing 767s are in the spotlight after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ruling that calls into question the safety of a component that is vital to flying.  The worry is that the elevators on these planes could contain faulty components that compromise a pilot’s ability to properly get a handle on the pitch...
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Posted on November 1, 2013

Electronics Usage During Takeoff And Landing Finally Gets Approval

Anyone who has been on a plane in recent years has been through this seemingly archaic process:  once the flight is about to take off, you have to turn off your phones, tablets, laptops, and any other mobile devices until the plane is well into the air.  Then, you have to do the same...
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Posted on October 9, 2013

Editorial Asks That Fatigued Pilot Regulations Extend to Cargo Pilots

One of the most widely respected pilots in the entire country has partnered with a former National Transportation Safety Board chairman to pen an editorial for the Wall Street Journal focused on fatigued pilot regulations set to kick in at the beginning of next year.  That rule will impose benchmarks on sleep that pilots...
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Posted on October 4, 2013

Government Closure Hits Southern California FAA Inspectors

The government shutdown continues to have an impact on matters of safety across the country, and California is also feeling the sting.  A report from the Los Angeles Times outlines how Southern California safety inspectors working for the Federal Aviation Administration will have to go on leave until the shutdown is resolved.  This could...
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Posted on September 23, 2013

FAA Likely To Ease Limits On Mobile Device Usage On Planes

It’s a rule that has led to endless griping from commuters:  when you board an airplane, you must turn off your electronic devices during takeoff and landing.  Now, with complaints reaching a fever pitch and mobile devices more prevalent than they’ve ever been, the Federal Aviation Administration is likely to alter the rules.  An...
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