Tag Archives: FAA

Lawmakers propose bills addressing airline seats, computer outages

A pair of bills filed in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday would offer new consumer protections to airline customers.

The SEAT Egress in Air Travel Act, unveiled Thursday, would direct the FAA to establish minimum standards on the width of commercial aircraft seats as well as the distance between rows.

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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan FAA Bill Without Air-Traffic Control Privatization

Legislation aims to beef up airport security and promote widespread use of commercial drones

The Senate voted 95-3 to approve a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that beefs up airport security, promotes widespread uses of commercial drones and streamlines certification of new safety systems for private planes.

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House Committee Considers Privatizing Air Traffic Control

A bill has been submitted to the House aviation subcommittee by Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla. that would shift the air traffic control responsibilities from the Federal Aviation Administration to a private corporation similar to the U.S. Postal Service. Air safety regulations would still remain as the FAA’s responsibility.

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Travel Growth Predicted Over the Next 20 Years

A Federal Aviation Administration report predicts that demand for travel on U.S.-based airlines will increase an average 2.5% annually, with carriers serving 1 billion passengers by 2029. The industry wide commercial fleet is estimated to grow 0.9% per year, according to the report.

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FAA: Chicago Airports Expected to Return to Normal Operations by Oct. 13

After an incident Friday that damaged communications equipment at a Chicago air traffic control center, airports throughout the city are still working to return to full capacity and the Federal Aviation Administration said it expects to complete repairs by Oct. 13. O’Hare International Airport saw 732 flight cancellations Sunday and was operating at 60% capacity, while about 75% of Midway’s flights operated, the FAA said.

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