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This Day in History: NASA Officially Established

Posted July 29, 2014 by Steven Paduchak

On this day in 1958, Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act in an effort to further advance America in space exploration.

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Opportunity rover’s 1st mountain climbing goal is dead ahead in this up close view of Solander Point at Endeavour Crater. Opportunity has ascended the mountain looking for clues indicative of a Martian habitable environment. This navcam panoramic mosaic was assembled from raw images taken on Sol 3385 (Aug 2, 2013). (Photo courtesy NASA/JPL/Cornell/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer - www.kenkremer.com)
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Mars Rover Opportunity Funding to Cease in 2015

Posted March 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Howell, UniverseToday.com

While NASA’s baseline 2015 budget request shows no funding for the long-running Mars mission past 2015, NASA says Opportunity could continue if extra funds become available.

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An overhead, class 1 crew rest area onboard a LAN 787. (NYCAviation file photo)
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Waking Up to the Issues of Pilot Fatigue: Part Three

Posted February 21, 2014 by Karlene Petitt

In the third article in our series, Karlene Petitt takes a look at the impact of the new pilot fatigue regulations on long haul international pilots.

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Waking Up to the Issues of Pilot Fatigue: Part One

Posted February 17, 2014 by John Steffen

NYCAviation explores significant changes in 2014 in how the FAA and airlines address — and conquer — the problem of pilot fatigue.

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COMMENTARY: NTSB Briefing on Asiana 214

Posted December 12, 2013 by Eric Auxier

The San Francisco crash of Asiana 214 during perfect VMC conditions (but with the ILS out of service) has prompted many questions. The answers have prompted many more questions about why the Boeing 777 was allowed to crash at all.

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FAA to Allow Use of Personal Electronic Devices Below 10,000 Feet

Posted October 31, 2013 by Stephen Weisbrot

A working committee from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday officially recommended allowing the use of personal electronic devices onboard aircraft below 10,000 feet. Some airlines are already racing to allow their customers to take advantage.

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Government Accountability Office Releases TSA Oversight Review

Posted July 31, 2013 by Jason Rabinowitz

On Wednesday morning, The House held a hearing on the challenges the TSA faces in the wake of a Government Accountability Office released the day before. The 38 page report detailing how the TSA could strengthen oversight of allegations of employee misconduct shows several weaknesses in the TSA misconduct system. The TSA’s reputation is not […]

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The NTSB Utilizes Social Media During Asiana 214 Investigation

Posted July 8, 2013 by Jason Rabinowitz

Most government agencies work in mysterious ways, often times closed off from the public until their work is done and a final report is issued. The National Transportation Safety Board, however, has taken a different approach over the past few months. The NTSB has heavily leveraged Twitter and YouTube to keep the public informed on […]

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Reagan National Airport control tower. (Photo by dbking via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY)
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FAA To Close 149 Contracted Control Towers April 7th

Posted March 22, 2013 by Jason Rabinowitz

The FAA announced Friday the first round of contracted air traffic control towers to be closed due to sequestration, starting April 7th. Among the towers being closed is Trenton Mercer, which is just outside of Philadelphia and has recently seen Frontier expand their operations significantly. Although these airports will remain open, as approach and landing […]

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Larger Airports Such As JFK Will Remain Unaffected.
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FAA to Close 137 Control Towers Due to Sequestration

Posted March 6, 2013 by Jason Rabinowitz

Sequestration To Shut Down 137 Control Towers on April 7th.

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Dallas to Tempe: ‘Yes, Yes, I Will!’: American Airlines and US Airways FINALLY Announce Merger

Posted February 14, 2013 by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

American Airlines and US Airways today announced their intention to merge, ending months—if not years—of rumor and speculation. The move will create the world’s largest airline.

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A crispy 787 lithium-ion battery under investigation. (Photo by NTSB)
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NTSB Finds Source of Boeing 787 Battery Fire: Announces Review of Battery System

Posted February 7, 2013 by NYCAviation Staff

The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that they have pinpointed the origin of the January 7th battery fire on a JAL Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston to single cell which short circuited and spread to other cells. The nations top safety regulators further announced that the investigation would turn toward scrutinizing the design, certification, […]

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Lufthansa's first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental (D-ABYA) takes off on a test flight. (Photo by Boeing)
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Are European Airlines Profiting From Shelved EU Carbon Tax?

Posted January 23, 2013 by AFP

Airlines made up to $670 million last year by passing on a carbon surcharge to travellers despite the EU’s freeze of the controversial tax.

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A January 20 snapshot of London Heathrow departure cancellations.
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Heathrow Slammed By London Papers Over Snow Chaos

Posted January 20, 2013 by AFP

The Sunday newspapers laid into London Heathrow Airport for falling victim to snow over the weekend.

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Another angle of are the burnt Boeing 787 battery that caught fire in Boston. (Photo by NTSB)
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787 Fire Investigation Now Focusing On Individual Battery Cells: NTSB

Posted January 20, 2013 by NYCA Admin

Investigators looking for the cause of January 7′s Japan Airlines Boeing 787 fire in Boston are working through the three-day weekend.

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An ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at the gate at Tokyo-Haneda Airport. (Photo by Inaba Tomoaki, CC BY-SA)
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Investigators Begin Analyzing Boeing 787 Black Box

Posted January 19, 2013 by AFP

US and Japanese officials Saturday began analysing the black box of the 787 plane forced into an emergency landing this week.

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A technician assembles a brand new TSA body scanner. (Photo by Matt Molnar/NYCAviation)
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Naked Image Full Body Scanners To Be Taken Out Of US airports

Posted January 18, 2013 by David Ferguson, Raw Story

The TSA has announced that airports will soon discontinue their use of controversial scanners which reveal nude images of passengers.

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United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (Photo by Kevin Koske)
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FAA Orders Airlines To Stop Flying Boeing 787 [UPDATED]

Posted January 16, 2013 by NYCA Admin

The FAA has ordered US airlines to temporarily stop flying the Boeing 787 effective immediately, citing the potential for battery failures.

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Air France and Delta tails lined up in Paris. (Photo by Mathieu Marquer via Flickr, CC-BY-SA)
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Paris Airports Handled Record 88.8 Million Passengers In 2012

Posted January 16, 2013 by AFP

Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports registered a record 88.8 million passengers last year, but growth nonetheless slowed to 0.8 percent.

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18 heads must be a lot of paperwork. (Photo by U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kitt Amaritnant)
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US Customs Finds 18 Human Heads At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Posted January 16, 2013 by AFP

Officials scrambled Tuesday to get 18 human heads off to a crematorium after they were seized by US customs inspectors.

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