Alan Levin

Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Fleet Hits Milestone With FAA Clearance

Amazon has received FAA approval to begin testing delivery drones. Amazon's Prime Air delivery drone is unveiled during an event in Las Vegas in June 2019. The FAA has granted the company approval to begin trailing drone deliveries. (Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg News)

Retail behemoth Amazon .com Inc. took a big leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a handful of companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
August 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FAA Puts Boeing Max on Path to Return to Service in October

Boeing A Boeing Co. 737 max aircraft performs a flying display on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2016 in Farnborough, U.K. in 2016. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News)

U.S. aviation regulators announced an important milestone in returning Boeing Co.’s grounded 737 Max jet to service, an event one person familiar with the process said would happen no earlier than October.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
July 21, 2020
Government, Safety

FAA’s Failure to Cull Bad Pilots Cited in Fatal Atlas Crash

A plane silhouetted in the sky. A plane silhouetted in the sky. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)

The fatal crash of a cargo plane last year was caused in part by the failure of the U.S. federal government to establish a reliable system of weeding out unqualified airline pilots, investigators concluded.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FAA Concludes Three Days of Test Flights of Boeing’s 737 Max

A Boeing 737 Max 7 jet flies during a demonstration in the U.K. in 2018. A Boeing 737 Max 7 jet flies during a demonstration in the U.K. in 2018. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News)

Testing of the 737 Max jetliner’s revised flight-control systems by U.S. regulators and Boeing Co. wrapped up July 1, laying the foundation for the plane’s possible return to service later this year.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
July 2, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless Car Industry Gets a Nudge on Standards, Transparency

Vehicles sit in rush hour traffic at an interchange in Los Angeles. Vehicles sit in rush hour traffic at an interchange in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Hundreds of driverless cars have been tested in locations across the U.S. in recent years, but standards are inconsistent and in a handful of cases there have been accidents and even a death.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 15, 2020
Business, Logistics

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Service in Virginia Sees Surge During Pandemic

An Alphabet Wing drone delivers a package at home during a demonstration in Blacksburg, Va., in 2018. An Alphabet Wing drone delivers a package at home during a demonstration in Blacksburg, Va., in 2018. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

Alphabet Inc.’s Wing unit is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of customers using its drone delivery service in rural Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2020
Government, Business

US Air Travelers Dip Below 100,000 in Worst-Ever Free Fall

A mostly empty security area at San Francisco International Airport on April 2. A mostly empty security area at San Francisco International Airport on April 2. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Almost every day over the past three weeks the number of people flying in the U.S. has reached a record low as the pandemic kept people home. But on April 7, the levels crossed a stark dividing line: fewer than 100,000 people.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Airlines Ordered to Refund Cost of Flights Canceled by Virus

A traveler wearing a protective mask and gloves checks in at the Delta Air Lines counter at San Francisco International Airport on April 2. A traveler wearing a protective mask and gloves checks in at the Delta Air Lines counter at San Francisco International Airport on April 2. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Airlines must fully refund airfare to passengers whose flights have been canceled during the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Transportation Department ordered on April 3.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 3, 2020
Government, Business

House Republicans Explore Aid for Airports, Loans to Airlines

Stephen Dickson, FAA administrator, speaks during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Dec. 11, 2019. The agency awarded $3.2 billion to airports in 2019. Stephen Dickson, FAA administrator, speaks during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Dec. 11, 2019. The FAA awarded $3.2 billion to airports in 2019. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

House Republicans say they are exploring a range of proposals — from loans to grants for cleaning airports — to help the aviation industry staggering under the weight of the coronavirus outbreak.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

FAA to Begin Certification Process for Civilian, Delivery Drones

Alphabet's Project Wing conducts example flights of their drone delivery system in Virginia in August 2018. Alphabet's Project Wing conducts example flights of their drone delivery system in Virginia in August 2018. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

Government regulators plan to review drone designs in the same way they review other aircraft, a major step toward allowing routine drone deliveries and other flights over congested cities.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
February 4, 2020

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