Air traffic control

An American Airlines plane taxis near a group of planes from Alaska Airlines, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

NEW YORK (AP) — More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — […]


Visitors are informed at the air traffic simulator at the day of the open door of Austro Control who handle the Austrian airspace in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Flights briefly vanish from Austrian air traffic

VIENNA (AP) — Key flight data from high-flying aircraft mysteriously disappeared twice recently from controllers’ radar screens in Austria and some of its neighbors and the relevant EU agencies have been asked to investigate, Austria’s […]


Jan. 12, 2014: Passengers exit a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in Branson, Mo., but instead landed at Taney County Airport, in Hollister, Mo., that only has about half as much runway. (AP Photo/ Scott Schieffer)

Audio captures confusion of wrong-airport landing

DALLAS (AP) — A newly released air traffic control recording captures the confusion when a Southwest plane landed at the wrong Missouri airport in January. Southwest Airlines Co. said Monday that the captain and co-pilot […]


Site of Boeing 777 Asiana Airlines flight 214 that crashed while landing at the San Francisco International Airport. (National Transportation Security Board / AP Photo)

NTSB findings on SF plane crash at a glance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After departing from Shanghai and stopping in Seoul, Asiana Flight 214 makes its final approach into San Francisco International Airport following a 10-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean. A preliminary review […]


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FAA to staff 72 airport control towers at night

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. The […]


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Obama to sign measure restoring controllers, but spokesman says it’s a ‘Band-Aid solution’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a measure approved by Congress today that would end the furloughs of air traffic controllers. But a spokesman says it’s just a “Band-Aid solution” to the problems caused by automatic spending cuts.


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Gov’t warns of more flight delays as blame flies

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after flight delays plagued much of the U.S., air travel is smoother Tuesday. But the government is warning passengers that the situation can change by the hour as it runs the nation’s air traffic control system with a smaller staff.


Flight monitors at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey. (AP Photo)

Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning.


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FAA furloughs kick in, but flights come in on time

(AP) – Fears that furloughs of air traffic controllers by the Federal Aviation Administration would result in massive flight delays or cancellations are turning out to be unfounded as the cutbacks kick in.


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L.A. supers vote to oppose closure of air traffic towers

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Board of Supervisors voted today to oppose the planned closure of two local air traffic control towers as part of a $600 million cut to the Federal Aviation Administration.




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