Nearly 7,000 flights were canceled in the U.S. on Jan. 11, 2023.
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The Notices to Air Mission system failed on Jan. 10, 2023, leading to thousands of canceled flights. The system is where all important safety information for pilots and dispatchers gets posted.
Airline pilots are often exhausted.
Pilots are often overtired, making them prone to errors. Some countries let them sleep on the job – under strict rules. Pilots love the idea, but consumers are wary, for now.
Automation can often get ahead of safety regulators’ efforts.
Government regulators and industry experts often overlook the complexities and risks of human-technology interactions and increasingly rely on companies’ voluntary oversight and self-assessments.
Grounded Boeing 737 Max airplanes sitting on the tarmac in Washington.
Boeing’s response to the crisis over its 737 Max planes has made the company seem defensive and passive. A crisis management expert explains how Boeing could reclaim the narrative.
Boeing is accused of not being fully forthcoming about changes it made to the 737 Max.
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Some are calling the FAA’s relationship with Boeing an open-and-shut case of ‘regulatory capture.’ The reality is more complicated.
Air traffic controllers are modernizing their systems.
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The FAA’s NextGen system should bring safety and efficiency to American air travel, but its users need to understand it clearly.
Taking off in a yard near you?
A bill before Congress could pave the way for the opening of our backyards, neighborhoods, business properties and campuses to commercial drone traffic.
Birds are more dangerous to aircraft than drones.
Drones don’t pose much of a risk to traditional aviation. Our research shows that collisions with manned aircraft are far more likely to involve a bird.
Yay, a holiday drone! What could possibly go wrong?
New FAA guidelines call for consumers to register drones over a certain weight. As more and more drones take to the skies, we’ll see how amateur use influences the development of UAS technologies.
A Phantom drone from Chinese firm DJI. Who’s watching whose watching us?
Once everyone gets a taste for flying their own drone the skies will be chaos – we need to draw up rules, and enforce them, now.
No drone-fly zone.
Drones are here, carrying cameras, delivering packages and even toting guns. But the laws to govern their use are way behind.
Hackers in seat 61? Not what passengers want to see in-flight.
If passengers are to be offered in-flight Wi-Fi, then airlines should add another black box to record what’s happening on their networks.
Not as easy as flicking on autopilot.
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Cost cutting by commercial airlines has led to a worrying rise in inexperienced pilots.
I’m a drone. Can I fly in the sky?
Aimed at allowing drones to operate in the national airspace safely alongside manned aircraft, they’re largely favorable to commercial operators who have been waiting years for workable regs.
Pilots have the privilege of a birds-eye view, but should they resist the temptation to snap from the cockpit?
Last week, Quartz published an article showcasing photographs pilots have taken from the cockpit of aircraft to post on Instagram. As explained in the story, by taking these photos – many of which appear…
You’ll still have to put your tray table up, though.
Earlier this year, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) put together a panel of aviation experts to look at whether personal electronic devices (PEDs) could be used on planes without compromising safety…
US regulators have grounded all 787 Dreamliners until a battery fire risk is fully assessed and fixed.
This week, US civil aviation safety regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the massive step of grounding all US Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Its equivalent European counterpart, the European…