Planes Collide In Alaska For Second Time In A Month, Killing Four

Planes Collide In Alaska For Second Time In A Month, Killing Four

Alaska’s skies seem to be dangerous for private aircraft these days, with the second mid-air collision in a month killing four Saturday. The accidents came less than a year after Alaska senator Ted Stevens perished in a plane crash in the state. [More]

FAA Has Trouble Successfully Firing Air Traffic Controllers

FAA Has Trouble Successfully Firing Air Traffic Controllers

When you’re an Air Traffic Controller who gets fired, there’s a 40 percent chance you’ll manage to keep your job or retire on your own terms. The Federal Aviation Administration has trouble ridding itself of workers it accuses of screwing up, including two-thirds of those it tries to fire for using drugs or alcohol on the job. [More]

Airlines Not Passing On Savings Of Not Having To Pay FAA Taxes

Airlines Not Passing On Savings Of Not Having To Pay FAA Taxes

When Congress failed Friday to extend a bill that would have kept the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) running, they handed airlines a $25 million a day gift. Without the extension, the FAA doesn’t have the authority to collect taxes. But rather than pass on the savings, nearly all airlines actually raised fares to about the same amount as the federal taxes. Most consumers won’t notice because prices are the same, even though it’s effectively a price hike. [More]