Counter-Opinion: Why I’m Against ATC Privatization

Last week, President Donald Trump announced a reform of the United States Air Traffic Control system. His proposal consists of taking control over air traffic control away from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and instead placing it in private hands. This idea has been floating around in Congress for many…

An Ongoing Struggle: International Aviation Authorities and FAA Safety Ratings

Back in August 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that Indonesia had received the Category 1 rating necessary for airlines in other countries to fly to the U.S. This marked a huge milestone for the country’s aviation programs, as carriers could begin the application process for flights to the U.S.…

AirAsia X Cleared for Takeoff to the US by FAA

AirAsia X has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin flying to the US. The Malaysia-based affiliate of AirAsia is now the first Asian low-cost carrier certified to fly to the States. The airline, which effectively operates as AirAsia's long-haul division, currently operates a fleet of 22 Airbus…

FAA Announces Guidance on Recalled Samsung Phone

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a general guidance to airlines regarding the rules of carrying “recalled or defective lithium devices” both in the cabin and in the cargo hold following the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. According to an FAA press release, “U.S. hazardous material regulations prohibit…

American Uses Wrong Aircraft to Fly to Hawaii

Just this weekend news emerged that American Airlines Flight 31 performed service from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu International Airport without its mandatory Extended Twin-Engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) rating. The aircraft, an Airbus A321-200 registered as N137AA, flew the route with no issues. However, upon arrival the crew realized that…

Washington Airspace Power Outage Prompts Delays Across the East Coast

At noon on August 15, many were looking forward to a beautiful weekend with nice temperatures across the board but were rudely awakened when their travel plans were interrupted by a power outage in the Washington Center Area (ZDC). [caption id="attachment_2629" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Screenshot from FAA advisories[/caption] The FAA reported…

American and US Airways Receive Their Single Operation Certificate: A…

With the legal recognition of a merger between American Airlines and US Airways, today marks a sizable change in the airline industry. Today, American Airlines has received their Single Operating Certificate from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). In simplicity, this certificate indicates that the two airlines are one in the…

Airlines Banning Lithium Ion Batteries

Author: Ashley Magoon In recent days, the rising amount of lithium ion batteries is raising safety concerns among the airline industry. Lithium ion batteries are found widely in cell phones, laptops, and other devices in the passenger cabin, but are also shipped in bulk and other objects in the cargo…