| Apr 6, 2011
| 4:35 PM
In reaction to last week's emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines jet after a gash suddenly opened in its fuselage, the nation's top avation official on Wednesday ordered a review of a Federal Aviation Administration program that oversees aging...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Laser pointers may seem like they're just a toy, but to pilots they're a serious problem.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Wednesday anyone caught shining a laser at an airplane can face a fine of up to $11,000.
"2005 is when we first...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 11:19 PM
The almost-completed first phase of O'Hare International Airport's expansion had close calls that could have resulted in fatal airplane crashes, according to a Tribune investigation of incidents filed with the Federal Aviation Administration.
| Apr 14, 2011
| 6:43 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration official in charge of operating the air traffic control system has resigned amid revelations that several controllers have fallen asleep on the job this year, the FAA chief said Thursday
| Mar 30, 2011
| 11:09 AM
WASHINGTON -- An air traffic control supervisor and the crew of a Southwest Airlines jet have been suspended after the controller asked the Southwest Boeing 737 to fly in the vicinity of a small Cirrus aircraft in an effort to check on the welfare of...
| Apr 26, 2011
| 10:42 AM
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...
| Apr 16, 2011
| 3:57 PM
U.S. aviation regulators, investigating unsettling disclosures of sleeping air traffic controllers, will ban scheduling practices most likely to result in drowsiness at work.
The Federal Aviation Administration also said on Saturday it had suspended a...
| Apr 18, 2011
| 2:54 AM
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday issued new work rules aimed at preventing air traffic controllers from falling asleep on the job during overnight hours.
Six separate incidents have alarmed regulators and safety advocates in recent...
| Jan 19, 2011
| 3:31 PM
LOS ANGELES -- More laser beams were pointed at aircraft flying into Los Angeles' seven area airports than any other area in the nation last year, creating a potentially deadly hazard that can distract or even temporarily blind pilots, according to the...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 3:24 PM
WASHINGTON -- Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on a drunk driving charge near his suburban Washington home.
In a brief statement released to the media, Babbitt said he had submitted his...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:21 PM
An Illinois Department of Transportation official who has represented the agency at events about safe driving remains on the job following his arrest last month for allegedly driving drunk.
Carmen W. Iacullo, 58, was arrested Nov. 20 in west suburban...