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Why Travel Fees Should Be Regulated By The Government

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.05.2016 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

The Forbid Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act introduced recently is a subversive new law that raises more questions than it answers. A...

How a Company With Ties to a Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Flew Over Protests in the No Fly Zone

Steve Horn | Posted 11.06.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Richard Bluecloud Casteneda | Greenpeace USA Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog One of the few helicopters authorized to fly within the U.S....

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Ignored Obama Admin Request to Halt Construction

Steve Horn | Posted 11.05.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Image Credit: Vimeo Screenshot | Dr0ne2bewild Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed to DeSmog that Energy Tran...

Helicopter Allegedly Hired by North Dakota Authorities Found Flying in Violation of FAA Rules

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.07.2016 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), owned by the Texas company Energy Transfer Inc., is a $3.7 billion oil pipeline that runs southeastward from the Ba...

Why Drones May Save Aviation

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 07.18.2016 | Business
Andrew Schmertz

A friend allowed me to fly his new drone this weekend along a quiet area of the beaches in the Bronx, New York. He came prepared: He checked the new...

A Big Win For Passengers in Washington

Christopher Elliott | Posted 07.18.2016 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

After months of debate over the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, and at an apparent impasse over privatizing air traffic control,...

Presidential Candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn: The Government Mechanic

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Hillary Clinton isn't the only woman with government experience running for President. Clinical psychologist and presidential candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn has been reinventing and transforming government from the inside for 32 years.

Senate Dems Blame Koch Brothers For Killing Clean Energy Tax Credits

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tax credits for clean energy sources won’t hitch a ride on legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration in the Senate...

Who Owns American Skies - the People or the Skyjacking Airlines?

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.12.2017 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Without a muscular pushback from the public, the big airlines could claim the American airspace as their own to tax and regulate, without any significant compensation to the American taxpayer and no oversight from elected officials. Talk about getting skyjacked!

How Airline Pilots Lost the Basic Skills

Richie Davidson | Posted 03.10.2017 | Travel
Richie Davidson

Many pilots struggle to perform the most basic and critical maneuver, a stall recovery, and the FAA is seeking to understand why. Sadly, the answer lies with the FAA itself.

Senator Schumer's Silly Idea About Airline Seat Sizes

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 03.08.2017 | Politics
Andrew Schmertz

The senator is apparently willing to trade the low fares that have made flying more accessible for higher fares and more comfort for people who can afford to pay for it.

Ten Ways The Airlines Are Screwing You And What The Senate Can Do To Stop It

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.05.2017 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

The chickens have come home to roost. The rubber-stamping of anti-competitive airline mergers in the past five years has led to insulting, degraded a...

Exploding Batteries! What You Can and Can't Bring On Board

Map Happy | Posted 02.24.2017 | Travel
Map Happy

Rest assured that our phones are safe for the time being. Other products, however, may not be so fortunate. Here's a handy chart provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA Privatization Bill Contains Sweetheart Deal For Airline Lobby

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics

As Politico reported last April, there are two things that are very dear to Rep. Bill Shuster's (R-Penn.) heart. First, as the chairman of the House T...

FAA Funding Collides With ATC Overhaul and Airplane Fire Threats

Christine Negroni | Posted 02.11.2017 | Travel
Christine Negroni

The public has sporadic interest in air travel news; seat size and ticket prices get attention, as do stories of badly-behaving flight attendants. But...

Congress's 270 Pages of Fantasy for FAA Funding

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Andrew Schmertz

The U.S House of Representatives has introduced a FAA reauthorization bill that has more fantasy in it than a George RR Martin novel. The bill, known ...

Congress Is About to Screw Up the Safest Aviation System in the World

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Andrew Schmertz

We must address -- today -- how air traffic control will move into the 21st century, how we are going to recruit people to become pilots amidst a national pilot shortage and how we can jump start our aircraft manufacturing industry.

Your Drone Christmas Gift Could Cost You $27,000 Or More: FAA Requires UAS Registration

Andrew Stengel | Posted 01.04.2017 | Crime
Andrew Stengel

The flying Christmas gift that cost a few hundred dollars could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars more if it is not registered by February 19, 2016.

Drones, the Robot Revolution and a Star Wars Society

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 12.28.2016 | Technology
Amy Dardashtian

Our strictly controlled airspace will soon become a society in the sky. Much like Star Wars, there is already a battle between the good and the evil, as the feds and the states try to police and regulate drones.

Here's What You Need to Know About Registering Your New Drone

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.03.2017 | Technology

Back in October, Americans learned that we were going to have to register our drones this holiday season, but the details were still up in the air unt...

Pilot Suffered 'Military Strength' Laser Strike In Eye During Landing

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime

A pilot for British Airways was left partially blinded and unable to work after a "military strength" laser beam was shone into his eye as he prepared...

They Laughed When I Suggested Drones Would Be Used For Distribution

Ira Kalb | Posted 10.28.2016 | Technology
Ira Kalb

Buyers can take their merchandise once they identify themselves via some unique codes (numeric, eye or finger print), and buyers can press a button to send the drones back to their point of origin. Think of this as an electronic version of Harry Potter's owl, Hedwig.

What The FAA Regulation Of Drones Can Teach Us About Gun Safety

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 10.23.2016 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

Let's learn a lesson from the FAA's action on drones. We're way overdue for a little common sense to be injected into the conversation about gun violence, and long past time for actual responsible gun owners (I'm one) to start speaking out.

Get Ready To Stand In Line At The Department of Drone Vehicles

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.20.2015 | Technology

If you operate a drone, Uncle Sam wants to know your name. The Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced a speedy...

Pilot in Command: Remembering an Aviator Who Changed the World

Sabra Gertsch | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Sabra Gertsch

He believed the B-47 Stratojet was the most elegant machine he'd ever seen and insisted it was the crown jewel of the jet age. His fearless acrobatics trained the large jet to toss a nuclear bomb, and he logged more hours flying that swept-wing wonder than any other Boeing test pilot.