Tag: Federal Aviation Administration

How to Travel With a Drone

You’ve got it all planned. You’ll launch your drone from the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. When it reaches the top, you’ll circle around the tower once, then end the video with a perfect landing. It’s the kind of thing you bought a drone for. It’s the kind of thing that makes for epic Instagram […]

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Boeing Crash Families Ask F.A.A. for Full Review of 737 Max

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — A group of family members representing more than 50 people who died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a full regulatory review of Boeing’s 737 Max before it is allowed to fly again. The Max, which entered service in 2017, is […]

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The Origins of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets have been linked to a software system that helped send the planes into a deadly nose-dive. Our colleague investigated what federal regulators responsible for ensuring the safety of the […]

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The Roots of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis: A Regulator Relaxes Its Oversight

SEATTLE — In the days after the first crash of Boeing’s 737 Max, engineers at the Federal Aviation Administration came to a troubling realization: They didn’t fully understand the automated system that helped send the plane into a nose-dive, killing everyone on board. Engineers at the agency scoured their files for information about the system […]

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Senate Confirms Former Delta Executive to Lead the F.A.A.

WASHINGTON — The Senate, on party lines on Wednesday, confirmed Stephen Dickson, a former Delta Air Lines executive, to head the Federal Aviation Administration for a five-year term, giving permanent leadership to an agency embattled over the deadly crashes of two Boeing jets. The 52-to-40 vote was unusually divided for the agency, which has not […]

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The Boeing 737 Max Crisis Is a Leadership Failure

We’ve seen this before: A Boeing airliner crashes, killing all aboard. Investigators believe a design flaw in the aircraft played a major role in the accident, but Boeing blames the pilots. Eventually, the design flaw is corrected, but not before another plane crashes, leaving more deaths in its wake. In our time at the National […]

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As New Space Race Beckons, Astronauts Face Identity Crisis

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] First there were the test pilots — men in possession of what Tom Wolfe called “the right stuff” — who took flight in experimental aircraft. It was absurdly dangerous work with a […]

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Trump Pick to Lead F.A.A. Faces Scrutiny From Senate Democrats

President Trump’s choice to lead the Federal Aviation Administration is facing resistance from Senate Democrats, adding more uncertainty to an agency already under pressure after the deadly crashes of two Boeing jets. Stephen Dickson, whom Mr. Trump tapped to lead the F.A.A. in March, retired from Delta Air Lines last fall after 27 years at […]

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‘There Were Huge Flames’: Family of 4 Among 10 Victims of Texas Plane Crash

ADDISON, Tex. — Four members of a Texas family with ties to a major ranching operation and other business interests were among the 10 people who died on Sunday when a private plane crashed into an airport hangar shortly after takeoff. Brian and Ornella Ellard, and Mrs. Ellard’s teenage children, Alice and Dylan Maritato, were […]

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Boeing’s Dreamliner Plant Is Said to Face Federal Inquiry

The Department of Justice, which has been looking into problems with Boeing’s 737 Max jet, has broadened its investigation to include the production of the company’s 787 Dreamliner, according to two people familiar with the matter. Federal prosecutors recently subpoenaed Boeing for documents related to production processes at the Dreamliner plant in North Charleston, S.C., […]

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Boeing’s 737 Max Suffers Setback in Flight Simulator Test

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it had recently discovered a new problem with the 737 Max jet that Boeing must correct before the plane is returned to service. In a flight simulator last week, F.A.A. pilots tested erroneous activations of anti-stall software that pushes down the nose of the Max, two people with […]

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Boeing Built Deadly Assumptions Into 737 Max, Blind to a Late Design Change

SEATTLE — The fatal flaws with Boeing’s 737 Max can be traced to a breakdown late in the plane’s development, when test pilots, engineers and regulators were left in the dark about a fundamental overhaul to an automated system that would ultimately play a role in two crashes. A year before the plane was finished, […]

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