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Deal reached to put FAA workers back on the job

A dispute over labor standards at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that left thousands of government workers temporarily laid off or furloughed while Congress went on recess was put aside Thursday after President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to negotiate for the agency’s funding. “This agreement does…

Obama tells Congress: End airport funding shutdown

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to break its vacation to end a row that has shut airport construction and halted tax payments by airlines, which could cost a billion dollars. “This is a lose-lose-lose situation that can be easily solved if Congress gets back into town…

As FAA funding languishes, employees pay and airlines profit

In the widespread relief that followed President Barack Obama and congressional leaders’ compromise to avoid default and raise the debt ceiling, a large federal agency in dire need of funding was overlooked: the Federal Aviation Administration, which employs about 4,000 workers, has gone unfunded since July 23, nearly two weeks…

B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ bomber crashes near Chicago

CHICAGO — A World War II era “Flying Fortress” bomber crashed into a field near Chicago and burst into flames Monday, but officials said all seven passengers on board escaped injury. Flames and thick black smoke billowed out of the wreckage of the historic plane which was ripped in half…

GOP to use sleeping air controllers to push for privatization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An uproar over lapses by U.S. air traffic controllers will spill into Congress where critics of organized labor see an unexpected opening to push their agenda into sweeping aviation legislation. Embarrassing disclosures of controllers sleeping on duty — even allowing first lady Michelle Obama’s plane to fly…

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…

Senate approves two-year aviation bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year, $35 billion blueprint for funding air traffic control services and the next steps for modernizing that system. Lawmakers approved the Federal Aviation Administration bill 87 to eight, throwing the issue over to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which is working…

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