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Laser Strikes Against Aircraft Increased in 2020

Amid the COVID-19 global health pandemic, air traffic worldwide saw a historic drop. Airlines parked thousands of their jets and furloughed employees. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says that, even as the number of aircraft in the sky plummeted, laser strikes against aircraft in the U.S. increased in 2020 as compared to 2019. Laser strikes against aircraft are a serious safety hazard. Viewed through the windshield of an aircraft, a laser is not just the tiny dot most are…

Three U.S. Airports Receive Airport Improvement Grants

The United States Department of Transportation has announced three U.S. airports are the recipients of the first Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement grants of 2021. $76 million will be divided among Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International. The $76 million is the first batch of about…

Pakistani Airlines May Be Barred From 188 Countries

In 2018, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK517 skidded off the runway at Panjgur Airport, injuring none. During the investigation, it was found that the test date on the pilot’s license fell on a public holiday, so it would not have been possible to complete the test on that day.…

Regulators Release Recommendations For 737 MAX Return

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released its latest recommendations for design changes to the Boeing 737 MAX before the troubled jet can be recertified. The agency has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive (AD) to require updated flight control software, revised display-processing software to generate alerts, revised certain flight…

Opinion: It’s Time to Rebuild Trust in the Aviation Industry

Recently, I participated in a discussion panel about the Boeing 737 MAX incidents, which took me to a lot of research, and deep thinking about the aviation industry, which I admire and respect. Studying the final report on the Lion Air 610 accident, I realized that technology can create better…

It’s Official: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Signed Into Law

Over the next few years, the airline industry can look forward to new changes both big and small as President Trump quietly signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 on Oct. 5. The law makes official some of the most sweeping changes to hit airlines, passengers…