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Federal Aviation Administration: United States Government agency dedicated to civil aviation matters
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a governmental body of the United States with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation in that nation as well as over its surrounding international waters. Its powers include the construction and operation of airports, air traffic management, the certification of personnel and aircraft, and the protection of U.S. assets during the launch or re-entry of commercial space vehicles. Powers over neighboring international waters were delegated to the FAA by authority of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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Coronavirus news and updates: Does Florida's spike in cases make it a new 'epicenter'?; mask rules on airplanes from the FAA

Top headlines on COVID-19 from the US and around the world.
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Only 'guidelines': FAA won't make wearing of face masks on airlines mandatory

The Federal Aviation Administration won't require the wearing of masks on commercial aircraft, continuing to leave that issue to individual airlines.  
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FAA explains why it's taking so long to fix the grounded Boeing 737 jetliner

It's been over a year since the jet that figured in two crashes was last flown. On Wednesday, FAA chief Stephen Dickson gave the Senate an update.
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U.S. lawmaker says seeking bipartisan legislation on airline mask rules

A U.S. senator said on Wednesday he was hoping for bipartisan support in Congress for mandatory rules on masks for air travel after the head of the Federal Aviation Administration again resisted calls..
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Transparency needed to restore trust after 737 MAX crashes: FAA chief

U.S. FAA chief Steve Dickson will tell a Senate committee at a hearing on Wednesday that transparency is key to restoring public trust in the agency and planemaker Boeing Co in the wake of fatal 737..
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U.S. FAA probing runway incident involving actor Harrison Ford - media

The United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was piloting a small plane that wrongly crossed a runway where another aircraft was..
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Harrison Ford Strayed Onto an Active Runway in His Plane

The episode was being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, which ordered the actor to complete awareness training in 2017.
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U.S. will temporarily shrink operating hours at 100 air traffic towers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday it will reduce operating hours at about 100 air traffic control towers nationwide in the face of dramatically lower airplane volumes because of..
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FAA, CDC to update guidance to flight crews on coronavirus precautions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plan to update guidance for airline flight crews about dealing with the coronavirus pandemic amid concerns..
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U.S. FAA plans to extend minimum flight requirement waiver through Oct. 24

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Sunday it has tentatively decided to extend temporarily waivers of minimum flight requirements at U.S. airports through Oct. 24 to help airlines..
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FAA to briefly close New York traffic center, LaGuardia control tower

The Federal Aviation Administration said late on Saturday it will close the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center and New York LaGuardia Control Tower overnight for cleaning after another person..
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U.S. FAA closes air traffic facilities in New York, Indianapolis for coronavirus cleaning

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had temporarily closed the air traffic control tower at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and shuttered part of the Indianapolis Air Route..
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U.S. closes air traffic control tower in Las Vegas; nearly 500 flights canceled

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Thursday it had closed the air traffic control tower at Las Vegas International Airport after a controller was presumed to have contracted COVID-19.
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U.S. FAA administrator will self-quarantine for seven days

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson told employees that he will self-quarantine at home for seven days after a brief interaction with one of two members of Congress who have tested..
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Utah hit with 5.7-magnitude quake, inbound flights from Salt Lake City diverted

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it had evacuated the air control tower at Salt Lake City International Airport and halted flights after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was..
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FAA temporarily closes Chicago Midway air traffic control tower

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it was temporarily closing the air traffic control tower at Chicago Midway International Airport after three technicians tested positive for the..
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Chicago Midway air traffic control technicians test positive for coronavirus

Three air traffic control technicians at Chicago Midway International Airport have tested positive for coronavirus, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday, prompting contingency plans at..
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U.S. FAA revokes operating rights for company that transported baseball, hockey teams

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued an emergency order revoking the operating certificate of a Texas company for conducting dozens of unauthorized charter flights and..
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U.S. waiving minimum flight requirements for airlines because of coronavirus

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday it will temporarily waive minimum flight requirements at U.S. airports through May 31 to help airlines facing a steep decline in travel..
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Drones can crash planes or enact terrorism, FAA fears. Pilots say new rules would ruin their hobby

The FAA's log of drone sightings by pilots showed more than 2,000 encounters last year. Its proposed drone rules are getting pushback from enthusiasts
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New U.S. rules for airline pilots seek to reduce errors

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday issued new rules aimed at improving pilot performance and preventing errors in the cockpit that could lead to crashes.
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Pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash counseled by FAA after 2015 incident

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) faulted the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in January killing basketball great Kobe Bryant and eight others for violating flight rules in a 2015..
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Federal Prosecutors Investigating Whether Boeing Pilot Knowingly Lied to F.A.A.

In questions before a grand jury, prosecutors have focused on whether a top pilot misled regulators about new flight control software in the 737 Max plane.
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U.S. relaxes restrictions on U.S. civilian flights over Gulf

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is allowing U.S. airlines to resume operations over large areas of the Gulf, saying that a lower military posture by Iran has reduced the threat of..
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FAA agrees it must boost safety oversight for Southwest Airlines

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it should have done a better job of ensuring Southwest Airlines Co had certified completion of maintenance on 88 used Boeing 737 jets, as noted in a report..
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'Diversion, distraction and power': Audit blasts Southwest's safety culture, FAA oversight

Southwest says it "adamantly disagrees'' with the picture the audit paints of the airline's safety culture.
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F.A.A. Failed to Assure Southwest Airlines Safety, Report Says

A federal watchdog says the agency allowed 150,000 flights on planes that had not been proved airworthy.
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Exclusive: FAA agrees with inspector general recommendations to improve Southwest oversight

The Federal Aviation Administration says it agrees with recommendations made by the U.S. Transportation Department's Inspector General that faulted its oversight of Southwest Airlines Co, according to..
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U.S. Transportation Dept. IG to audit FAA pilot training requirements after Boeing 737 MAX crashes

The U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General said on Monday it will audit Federal Aviation Administration pilot training requirements for U.S. and foreign air carriers after two..
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Before Kobe Bryant Crash, Helicopter Company Had Clashed Over Safety

A former Federal Aviation Administration inspector who previously oversaw Island Express Helicopters said he had disagreed with management over safety.
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Delta crew failed to warn controllers about Los Angeles fuel dump - FAA

A Delta Air Lines flight crew that dumped fuel on several Los Angeles area schools before making an emergency landing, causing minor injuries to schoolchildren, did not inform air traffic controllers..
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FAA proposes $3.9M fine against Southwest for bad weight, balance data on 21,000 flights

Southwest has 30 days to respond to the FAA about alleged incorrect weight and balance data, which dictates factors like fuel needs and takeoff speed.
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U.S. regulator seeks to fine Boeing $5.4 million for defective parts on 737 MAX planes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Friday it was seeking to fine Boeing Co $5.4 million, alleging it failed to prevent the installation of defective parts on 737 MAX airplanes.
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Airlines react to Iran tensions by rerouting flights; FAA orders US carriers to avoid airspace

Airlines are continuing to avoid Iranian airspace in the wake of missile attacks on U.S. military bases, as well as the crash of a Boeing 737-800.
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'Jedi mind tricks': Boeing 737 Max emails show attempts to manipulate airlines, FAA

Boeing downplayed the need to provide training on the flight system that would figure in two crashes of the 737 Max, killing 346 people.
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Airlines re-route flights away from Iraq, Iran airspace after missile attack on U.S. troops

Several major airlines said on Wednesday they were re-routing flights to avoid airspace over Iraq and Iran after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. carriers from the area following an..
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U.S. FAA bans airlines from flying over Iraq, Iran after missile attack on U.S. troops

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it would ban U.S. carriers from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, the Gulf of Oman and the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia after Iran..
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‘It’s Creepy’: Unexplained Drones Are Swarming by Night Over Colorado

Sheriffs in western Nebraska and eastern Colorado say they don’t know who’s flying the drones — or why. The F.A.A. is investigating.
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The F.A.A. Wants to Start Tracking Drones’ Locations

A proposal would require most drones flying in American airspace to include technology that would allow the government to keep tabs on them.
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Boeing reveals new 'very disturbing' documents on 737 Max jetliner to FAA, Congress

The aerospace giant released the documents the same day as its CEO was fired
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FAA had predicted Boeing 737 Max would have 15 more fatal crashes over lifetime

The Federal Aviation Administration says it won't be rushed on recertification of the Boeing 737 Max.
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FAA chief: No quick return to service of 737 Max

FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson told House lawmakers the return of the Boeing 737 Max to service "is not guided by a calendar or schedule," suggesting that regulators won't clear the airplane to fly..
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F.A.A. Analysis Warned of 737 Max’s Safety Before Second Crash

The agency found that without government intervention, the plane would likely crash 15 times over the 45 years that it was expected to fly.
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FAA chief says Boeing 737 Max won't fly again until 2020, dashing hopes of quick return

The agency's administrator tells a House committee that it won't be rushed when it come to recertification of the Boeing 737 Max  
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Smoke in cockpit incident snarls traffic at Washington airport

The pilot of an American Eagle Bombardier CRJ-200 on final approach to Reagan Washington National Airport reported smoke in the cockpit on Monday, prompting extensive delays to other flights, the..
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Critics slam FAA testing for airplane seat sizes

The Federal Aviation Administration has started testing the safety of seat sizes on airplanes. But some say the tests are a "sham." Kris Van Cleave explains why.
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