Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Operate

Delivery Drone Bloomberg News

UPS Inc. won U.S. certification to fly drones under regulations similar to those for airlines, a milestone that allows the company to vastly expand airborne deliveries.

Thomas Black and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
October 1, 2019
Government, Safety

USDOT Announces $477 Million in Grants to Airports

Planes at Chicago Rockford International Airport Chicago Rockford International Airport

Grants totaling $477 million will be used to assist with repairs and expansions at 264 airports, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced July 10.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Business Cleared for Takeoff by FAA

Drone A Wing drone in action, dropping off a package. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Government Shutdown Strains Emerge in US Air Travel System

Atlanta Airport A line of people wait in the security line at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg News)

The strain of a 34-day partial government shutdown is weighing on the nation’s air-travel system, both the federal workers who make it go and the airlines that depend on them. Air traffic controllers and airport security agents continued to work without pay — they will miss a second biweekly paycheck Jan. 25 — but high absentee rates raise the threat of long airport lines, or worse.

David Koenig | Associated Press
January 24, 2019
Government, Business

House to Take Up FAA Bill as Early as Sept. 26

TSA Precheck at Orlando International Airport TSA Precheck at Orlando International Airport. (John Raoux/AP)

A five-year bill that would authorize federal aviation programs set to expire at the end of the month could be called up for a vote in the U.S. House as early as Sept. 26.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 25, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FAA Warns of Drone Collision Risks With Airplanes

Drone, airplane Getty Images

The millions of small civilian drones plying the nation’s skies can cause significant damage to airliners and business jets in a midair collision, new research commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration concluded.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2017

FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker to Leave Agency


Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker will leave the Federal Aviation Administration at the end of June, the agency announced May 24.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
May 24, 2016
Government, Business

Senate Advances Short-Term FAA Measure

The Senate on March 17 easily advanced a short-term aviation bill that would keep Federal Aviation Administration programs authorized through July 15.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 17, 2016
Government, Business

Senate Panel Advances FAA Reform Bill Sans Trucking Provision

WASHINGTON — A trucking-related provision that had been contested in the House was not included in an aviation reform bill a Senate panel advanced March 16.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 16, 2016
Government, Business

House Leaders Introduce FAA Extension Bill, Sans Trucking Provisions

The leaders of the transportation and the tax-writing committees in the House on March 10 introduced legislation that would authorize aviation programs through July 15.

March 10, 2016