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Third air traffic controller fired for sleeping

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third air traffic controller has been fired for sleeping on the job, even as some say naps should be allowed during working hours to enhance controller attentiveness. The termination of the controller followed several highly publicized incidents that have included sleeping controllers, an unresponsive controller watching a…

Michelle Obama’s plane forced to abort a landing

WASHINGTON – An official plane carrying US First Lady Michelle Obama had to abort a landing at an air force base near Washington on Monday due to an air traffic controller’s error, US media reported Tuesday. The aircraft carrying her was too close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and…

Fifth air controller caught sleeping, US schedules to change

WASHINGTON – THE US Federal Aviation Administration announced on Saturday it is overhauling work rotations of air traffic controllers after yet another controller fell asleep on a midnight shift. The FAA said it will prohibit ‘scheduling practices that have been identified as those most likely to result in air traffic…

US air traffic control chief resigns

WASHINGTON — The head of air traffic control in the United States resigned on Thursday after an embarrassing spate of cases in which controllers were found napping on the job. The resignation of Hank Krakowski was accepted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Randy Babbitt, who promised a major shake-up…

FAA: Sen. Inhofe ‘nearly killed’ airport workers by intentionally landing on closed runway

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) prides himself on being stubborn lawmaker, but it turns out that he’s also a dangerously stubborn pilot. Workers at a Cameron Country Airport in Texas were forced to run for their lives late last year when the Republican lawmaker intentionally landed his Cessna on a closed…

US orders Boeing tests after mid-air scare

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of some 175 older Boeing 737s worldwide after a fuselage rupture forced a US regional flight into an emergency landing. The announcement came as Southwest Airlines said it had found cracks in three other planes after last…

FAA loses track of 119,000 aircraft

AP Enterprise: FAA loses track of 119,000 aircraft; faulty paperwork sparks terror fears The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers. The…

Errant drone near DC almost met by fighter jets

Military almost scrambled fighter jets for errant drone near DC, renewing air safety worries The U.S. military almost launched fighter jets and discussed a possible shoot-down when an errant Navy drone briefly veered into restricted airspace near the nation’s capital last month, a senior military official said Thursday. The incident…

FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure’s on to allow them in the skies over the United States. The Obama Administration has stepped up the use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing hundreds, but concern to date…

Off the radar: Private planes hidden from public view

Televangelist Kenneth Copeland faced a congressional inquiry after flying his ministry’s tax-exempt jet to Maui and the Fiji Islands. South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has been questioned about his use of state planes for political and personal trips. And after getting a $180 billion federal bailout, the insurance giant AIG…

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