Moments before a single-engine aircraft and a helicopter collided over the Hudson River near Manhattan in 2009, an air-traffic controller who should have been advising the plane’s pilot was on the phone, joking with an airport worker about a dead cat.
Airline pilots would get nine hours of rest between shifts, a 13 percent rise from current schedules, under the first proposed U.S. overhaul of fatigue rules in 15 years, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
Visit the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, and you will be greeted by a short video in which the U.S. agency urges pilots, mechanics, suppliers and aircraft builders to be mindful of passengers’ lives. “We all have to make a commitment to put safety first,” declares FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
U.S. airlines led by United Continental Holdings Inc. may pocket $1.3 billion in higher fares tied to the Federal Aviation Administration’s partial shutdown as Congress deadlocks on the agency’s funding.
A Republican U.S. senator plans to try to hold up the confirmation of Michael Huerta to lead the Federal Aviation Administration, a spokesman said within hours of Huerta winning approval at the committee level.